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Master of Christian Studies


The Master of Christian Studies (MCS) is a flexible program focused on personal growth and formation.  It is designed for students who want to grow in their knowledge of biblical and theological studies and other related fields to enhance their interests, giftedness, and careers. Students begin with initial foundational studies in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, and Personal Formation and then build on these with course choices to develop their unique gifts and interests. This program is not intended to prepare persons for career ministry, but instead to promote growth in their knowledge and lives. All MCS students are required to complete the Personal Growth Portfolio (PGP). The PGP assists students in tracking and integrating personal development in conversation with an academic advisor.

The general seminary program outcomes are modified recognizing that the Master of Christian Studies is primarily an academic and professional program of study. Students in this program will:

  • gain basic knowledge of biblical and theological studies rooted in the breadth of Christian tradition and explore how to interpret God’s revelation in ways that lead to personal growth and direction.
  • cultivate a heart after God, centered in a vision of the Triune God, and enacted in a life of communion with God and love of neighbour.
  • discover more about who they are and what they are to do as they discern and engage their unique gifts, heart-desires, and personality.
  • learn more about God’s vision for their lives as it touches on the world around them through creative, redemptive action.

Master of Christian Studies Program Requirements (60 credits)

Biblical Studies (18 credits)
NT 502 Synoptic Gospels
OT 502 Pentateuch
12 credits in any of the following: Biblical Theology (BT), New Testament (NT), Old Testament (OT)

Theological Studies (15 credits)
CH 501 History of Global Christianity
THEO 501 The Christian Confession
9 credits in Theology (THEO) or Christian History (CH)

Pastoral Theology Studies (3 credits)
ED 501 Teaching and Learning

Personal Formation Studies (6 credits)
PT 501 Personal Formation and Development
IND 501 Intro to the Personal Growth Portfolio (1 credit)
IND 740 The Personal Growth Portfolio (2 credits)

Electives (18 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation:

  • Completion of a total of 60 credits (as outlined above)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.7