Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies [M.T.S.] degree provides a basic understanding of theological disciplines for general educational purposes.  The M.T.S. offers a survey knowledge of the various theological disciplines, while requiring focus and depth in one specific area.

MTS Requirement Chart

Overall Goal: The purpose of the M.T.S. is to provide a basic understanding of theological disciplines for general educational purposes or for future graduate study. Students of the M.T.S. degree should be introduced to the Church’s rich intellectual tradition.

Program Outcomes

By completing a broad range of academic theology courses which provide both foundational and advanced theological knowledge, students of the M.T.S. degree will have prepared themselves to serve the Church’s scholarly and educational mission. They will be enabled to analyze more surely and discern more confidently between current intellectual fashions or party identities in the contemporary life of the Church and the deeper shape and substance of Catholic faith and tradition.

Through consultation with the Academic Advisor, students will select a particular area of theological focus within which to conduct in-depth research through course work, the writing of a thesis or the completion of a summative exercise, depending on the year of matriculation.  This experience will help students develop the academic skills necessary to present original scholarly research in their chosen area of concentration.

  1. Students completing the M.T.S. degree should demonstrate foundational knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition, especially its official teaching, with a capacity for research in one theological discipline. 
  2. Students completing the M.T.S. should demonstrate an ability to critically engage the Catholic intellectual tradition with various contemporary theological trends and cultural contexts.
  3. Students completing the M.T.S. degree should demonstrate how their knowledge and outlook has changed as a result of having completed the degree.

 Thesis and Summative Project

            The Master of Theological Studies degree program will require all students beginning studies in September 2012 and afterwards to complete either a two-credit thesis or a one-credit summative project in consultation with the Director. Click here for Guidelines.
 

Admission Requirements

  • A university undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with adequate standing (normally at least B- standing in their final year).  
  • Complete academic application and official transcripts from all post-secondary education [as noted in the Academic Admissions section].

Please see the St. Augustine's Policies & Procedures Page and Student Handbook.

For students matriculating in September 2012 and afterwards, eighteen or nineteen courses are required for the Master of Theological Studies degree together with a Thesis or a Summative Project.

  •  Core Courses [14]

    Biblical:
    Introduction to Old Testament
    Introduction to New Testament

    Systematic Theology [Theological]:
    Foundations of Theology
    The Christian God / Mystery of the Trinity
    Theological Anthropology
    Christology
    Ecclesiology
    Sacraments

    Moral Theology (Ethics) [Theological]:
    Moral Theology
    Human Sexuality and Marriage      

    Historical:
    Church History

    Core Electives - choose THREE of the four options below:

    • Christianity and World Religions
    • Ecumenism
    • Social Justice
    • Spirituality and the Catholic Educator  or Spirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession or an approved alternative

Thesis or Summative Project [3] 

M.T.S. Thesis - 2 credits / Summative Project - 1 credit

Thesis Option: The thesis must be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor and one additional course must be taken in the same area as the Thesis.

Summative Project Option: The Summative Project must be chosen in consultation with the Academic Advisor and two additional courses must be taken in the same area as the Summative Project.

Optional areas:

  • Moral Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Church History

Free Electives [3]

May be taken in any area of theology or may continue in the area chosen for in-depth study.

For those students matriculating before September 2012, there are twentyrequired courses for the Master of Theological Studies degree.

 Core Courses [14]

Biblical:
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament

Systematic Theology [Theological]:
Foundations of Theology
The Christian God / Mystery of the Trinity
Theological Anthropology
Christology
Ecclesiology
Sacraments

Moral Theology (Ethics) [Theological]:
Moral Theology
Human Sexuality and Marriage      

Historical:
Church History

Core Electives - choose THREE of the four options below:

 

  • Christianity and World Religions
  • Ecumenism
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality and the Catholic Educator  or Spirituality of Work: Faith Life in Your Profession or an approved alternative

    In-Depth Courses [3] 

 

THREE courses must be taken in one chosen area, i.e., in consultation with the Academic Advisor.

  • Moral Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Church History

    Free Electives [3]
    May be taken in any area of theology or may continue in the chosen in-depth study area.


 

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