Master of Theology

The Master of Theology is an advanced academic degree that provides you with an opportunity for in-depth study at an advanced level.

Students completing the Master of Theology degree will be prepared for further studies at the doctoral level and/or for the scholarly enhancement of their ministerial and missional practice. Students will:

  1. acquire advanced, in-depth knowledge and competence in one of the following disciplines: Old Testament, New Testament, Theology (including Spiritual Theology) or Church History;
  2. develop advanced skills in theological research and writing, including engagement with primary resources, scholarly exchange in a peer community, and communication of research results for the church and the academy;
  3. cultivate personal and spiritual qualities necessary for scholarly and vocational ministry.

With the option of a thesis and a non-thesis route, you can tailor your education experience to best fit your academic or ministry goals. To do a ThM in this specific study area you will need to take electives specific to the study area.

Further Depth of Study

Our graduates have moved on to do Ph.D degrees at:
Toronto School of Theology
McMaster Divinity College
London School of Theology

Research topics have included:
Hymns on the Lord's Supper
Faith and Works
Doctrine of Prevenient Grace
Jurgen Moltmann's Trinitarian Theology;
Spirituality of Henri Nouwen

The Master of Theology focuses on three pillars of studies: Biblical studies, theological studies, and Christian history. Our program is designed for you to develop and master the skills of research methodology in a community of faith and learning. You may also choose to focus in the area of spiritual theology to complete the educational requirements for designation as a Certified Spiritual Director.


You can tailor your studies and choose between a thesis or non-thesis option. Both options serve a variety of aims to fit your needs and careers goals. The thesis option specifically prepares you for further studies at the doctoral level (ThD/PhD), whereas the non-thesis option is geared towards working in ministry and teaching in the church setting.


Throughout the program, you will be mentored by your professors. You will take courses such as: Spiritual Classics, Protestant Spiritual Traditions, The Theology of the Human Person, and Prayer and the People of God. Your professors will provide you with training and support for your future.


Program Requirements

ThM Courses (4):

  • [INTD 0900] Interdisciplinary Seminar: Text and Interpretation*
  • One other ThM Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • [INTD 0920] Advanced Research Methods
  • OLDT, NEWT, THEO or HIST 0901 Directed Readings

Advanced MDiv/MTS/ThM Courses (2)

  • Courses in subject area

Thesis (2)

  • OLDT, NEWT, THEO or HIST 0911 Thesis Research and Writing

(In lieu of a thesis, students taking the non-thesis option shall take two additional courses in their subject area as approved by the Director. Please refer to Seminary Thesis Handbook)

Total Degree Courses: 8

* Students whose subject area is Spiritual Theology may substitute INTD 0950 ThM Interdisciplinary Seminar: Spiritual Theology for INTD 0900: Text and Interpretation.
** Course choices should be made in consultation with the Director.

Program requirements subject to change.
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Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
Master of Divinity***
Master of Theology
Doctor of Ministry
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project


1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
» Program Coordinator

Dr. Dennis Ngien

Professor of Systematic Theology
Director, ThM Program
416.226.6620 Ext. 2763

BA, University of Saskatchewan, 1982
MCS, Canadian Theological Seminary, 1984
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1986
STM, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1988
PhD, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, 1993


Areas of Specialization:
Systematic Theology, Martin Luther, Reformation Theologies, Christology, Soteriology, Trinity, Medieval Theology.

Dr. Ngien has taught at the Toronto School of Theology, McMaster Divinity College and several seminaries abroad. He is the author of The Suffering of God according to Martin Luther's Theologia Crucis (1995; reprint 2003 and 2005); Apologetic for Filioque in Medieval Theology (2005); Luther as a Spiritual Adviser: The Interface of Theology and Piety in Luther's Devotional Writings (2007); A Faith Worth Believing, Living and Commending (2008); Gifted Response: The Triune God as the Causative Agency of our Responsive Worship (2008); and Giving Wings to the Soul (2011). His next book Interpretation of Love -- God's and Ours, is scheduled to be published early 2013. His articles have appeared in journals such as International Journal of Systematic Theology, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Evangelical Review of Theology, Themelios, Heythrop Journal, etc. His article, The God Who suffers, appeared at Christianity Today's 50th anniversary webpage, and is considered as one of the significant works. Founder of Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection (, he spends time in mentoring scholars, theological students, pastors, church leaders and assisting churches in advisory and teaching capacities. Recently he was nominated as "Research Scholar in Theology" at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, where he is on residence at different periods of the academic year.


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» Program Faculty

Dr. David Sherbino

Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry

BA, University of Ottawa, 1970
BTh, Tyndale College, 1971
MPS, St. Paul University, 1975
STM, McGill University, 1976
Diploma in Ministry, Presbyterian College, McGill University, 1976
Diploma in Spiritual Direction, Pecos Benedictine Abbey, 1976
DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986
CSD (Certified Spiritual Director), Canadian Council of Professional Certification, 1999
CT (Certified Thanatologist), American Association of Death Educators and Counselors, 2002
FT (Fellow in Thanatology), American Association of Death Educators and Counselors, 2009
CSDS (Certified Spiritual Director Supervisor), Canadian Council of Professional Certification, 2010

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Counselling, Worship, Spiritual Formation, Leadership, Thanatology.

Dr. Sherbino has been a faculty member at Tyndale Seminary since 1987, serving previously as Chair of the Pastoral Ministries Department, Coordinator of the Worship and Liturgy program and Dean of the Chapel. He is presently coordinating the program in Spiritual Formation. Dr. Sherbino has served in several congregations in Canada and is presently the Senior Minister of Cornerstone Community Church (Presbyterian) in Kleinburg.

A commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he served for four years as Regimental Chaplain to the Queen’s York Rangers. A popular speaker and church consultant, he regularly addresses various church and ministry groups in Canada and overseas. He has written many articles for church press publications and has recently published Foundations for Christian Living and Marriage Preparation Manual and Re:Connect Spiritual Exercises to Develop Intimacy with God. His work on spiritual formation has been produced on several videos. Dr. Sherbino is involved in adjunct teaching at various theological schools, including the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (India), the Alliance Biblical Seminary (The Philippines), a BGST (Singapore), and at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON).

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Dr. John Kessler

Professor of Old Testament
416.226.6620 Ext. 6724

BTh, Tyndale College, 1978
BA, University of Waterloo, 1980
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1982
Conjoint Doctorate, Docteur de l'Université, Sorbonne-Paris IV and Docteur en Théologie, Institut Catholique de Paris, 1995

Areas of Specialization: The Book of Haggai, Israelite History and Literature of the Early Second Temple Period, Old Testament Theology, Hebrew.

Dr. Kessler has served as Professor of Old Testament at Tyndale Seminary since 1992. He is Chair of the Biblical Studies Department. His publications include his recent monograph entitled, The Book of Haggai: Prophecy and Society in Early Persian Yehud (Brill, 2002) and a Festschrift for Donald Leggett, Teach Me Your Paths (Clements, 2000), coedited with Jeffrey Greenman. He has published articles in various journals, including the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Transeuphratène, Vetus Testamentum, Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament]/i]. Dr. Kessler has presented papers at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, as well as at international scholarly conferences in the United States, France and Germany.

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Dr. Ronald Kydd

Associate Professor of Church History
416.226.6620 Ext. 2707

BA, University of Manitoba, 1967
MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1968
PhD, University of St. Andrews, 1973


Areas of Specialization: Patristics, Renewal/Charismatic Movements, Pneumatology, Ancient Church of the East

Dr. Kydd has taught at a number of institutions over the years, including the School of Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master’s College & Seminary), St. Paul’s University and McMaster Divinity College. Previously he served as faculty member, academic dean and acting president at Central Pentecostal College. His published books include Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church, Healing through the Centuries: Models for Understanding, and Finding Pieces of the Puzzle: A Fresh Look at the Christian Story. His numerous articles have appeared in the Scottish Journal of Theology, Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, Église et Théology, Pneuma, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Ecumenical Trends, Studia Patristica, Twenty Centuries of Christian Worship (edited by Robert Webber), The Ecumenist, Ecumenism, Aspects of the Canadian Evangelical Experience (edited by G.A. Rawlyk) and The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (edited by Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. Van Der Maas). An ordained minister, Dr. Kydd was founding pastor of Kanata Pentecostal Church and most recently served as Associate Priest at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Coburg. He has been deeply involved in ecumenical dialogue and participating in conferences of the World Council of Churches in Spain, Syria and Switzerland


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If you have completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to take graduate-level course you can become an occasional student or audit a course. Or if you are registered at another graduate theological institution and are eligible to take courses at Tyndale Seminary, you can submit a Letter of Permission.

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