General degree Requirements:
Students complete the following 30 half-courses over three years (full-time or part-time equivalent). Normal full-time enrolment is 5 half-courses per term, 10 half-courses per year. The total program of study for the MDiv shall not extend beyond 6 years.
Area I: Biblical Studies–Old Testament, New Testament, and related studies
- Biblical Studies 5110a/b, 5116a/b, and 5120a/b* (Before Sept. 2015: BS 5112a/b*)
- One of Hebrew 5040a/b or Greek 5103a/b
- One half course in New Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies
- One half-course in Old Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies (*Before Sept. 2015: BS 5114a/b)
- One half-course from Area I, Biblical Studies, including Greek, or Hebrew
Area II: Theological Studies–Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics
- Systematic Theology 5103a and Theological Ethics 5203a
- Three further half-course from Area II, Theological Studies
Area III: Historical Studies–Studies in Church History, History of Christian Thought, and other historical studies of Christianity, the Christian tradition
- Church History 5104a/b and 5106a/b
- One further half-course from Area III, Historical Studies
Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies
- Studies in the work of the church, in particular conducting liturgy and preaching, and of the various forms of ministry, pastoral care and public leadership
- Homiletics 5204a/b and Homiletics 5305a
- Liturgics 5204a/b and 1 other Liturgics course (Candidates for ordination in Anglican Church of Canada take Liturgics 5301a/b)
- Religious Education 5203a/b
- Pastoral Theology 5230a/b
Area V: Contextual and Formational Studies–Field Education and Community-Based Learning conducted alongside theological reflection on parochial, social, educational, or clinical ministries
- Field Education 5110a
- Field Education 5211a and 5212b; or two of Field Education 5222a/b, 5230a/b, 5232a/b
Area VI: Comparative and Cultural Studies–Ecumenical, Interfaith and cross-cultural studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, sociology, and anthropology
- 2 half-courses from Area VI, Comparative & Contextual Studies
General Program Electives:
- 4 elective half-courses from any of the 6 areas above.
Transcultural Learning Experience
Each student in the MDiv must complete an approved Transcultural Learning Experience (TLE) at any point during the MDiv program. The TLE may accompany a course from Area VI, Comparative and Contextual Studies, or may take the form of an independent study in Field Education , or may take place during the summer term. The Experiences have been worldwide, and Huron has funding available to defray the costs of the student’s travel and accommodation, where this is necessary.
The primary purpose of the Experience is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop a wider framework from which to see their identity, community, and context so that they may develop a deeper understanding of ministry. In order for the TLE project to be approved and assessed, each student must submit a written proposal and self-evaluation to the Director of Field Education, in consultation with the Dean, if necessary. In both documents, a set of articulated learning objectives for the TLE will be cited that with fulfil the following criteria, stated here as prospective goals:
1. Does the proposed TLE provide the student with access to the lived experiences of the community visited? Does it express ways in which the student will live among (or close to) members of the community, share meals, participate in worship or other communal practices?
2. Does the proposed TLE enable the student to learn about different expressions of faith, community, and worship?
3. Does the proposed TLE demonstrate awareness of how the experience should shape the participating student’s own context and sense of self?
4. Does the proposed TLE convey a sense of how it will affect the student’s understanding of ministry?