Trinity College

Curriculum

The MTS programme requires 20 course credits. One credit is given for each semester course successfully completed. Normally, courses meet once a week for two hours. Courses are offered at Trinity College and at the other cooperating schools of the Toronto School of Theology, and are listed in the TST course calendar.

Of the 20 course credits required for the programme, five credits will be required introductions in the following subject areas:

  • Biblical Studies (one each in Old Testament and New Testament)
  • History
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Theology

These must be supplemented by two further courses in each of the four programme areas (Biblical, historical, theological and pastoral studies), for a total of eight credits. All students must enrol in a one-credit course of independent studies in their final term in which they will engage in a summative reflective exercise resulting in a substantive report or major paper. The summative exercise may also be a work of graphic art, a musical composition, a poem or other creative piece, with accompanying written commentary. Those considering the possibility of further graduate work in theology are advised to complete a two-credit thesis (see below) as the summative reflective exercise. The remaining five or six courses are electives, permitting students to concentrate their studies in areas of particular interest.

To qualify for the MTS with Concentration in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies, at least 12 of the 20 credits must be from courses in Orthodox studies. To ensure sufficient breadth of knowledge and understanding, at least two credits of the MTS should be from non-Orthodox courses at Trinity College or other schools within TST.

Students planning advanced degree study should include an ancient language in their programme and note the further requirements of the department under consideration.

MTS Thesis

Students opting to complete a two-credit thesis for the MTS will:

  1. Identify and meet with a faculty member who agrees to be supervisor
  2. Prepare a thesis proposal to be approved by the supervisor before the writing of the thesis
  3. The thesis proposal (no more than 2,000 words) shall include the following:
    • a succinct statement of the research question and the thesis to be established
    • previous enquiry on this quesiton and available secondary literature
    • a description of the project as a whole, including the methods to be followed and the steps proposed to answer the research question and establish the thesis
    • an initial bibliography
  4. Complete and submit a thesis of no more than 10,000 words
  5. Carefully adopt an approved academic style, including an approved format for citation of all sources used; spelling must be consistent with a recognized Canadian standard
  6. Provide a one-page abstract
  7. Provide a list of works cited at the end of the thesis that reflects responsible engagement with both primary and secondary sources

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