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.

Tailored

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.

Mentorship

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 0851 Text and Interpretation
  • INTD 0861 Advanced Research Methods

One of

  • INTD 0854 Interdisciplinary Seminar: Selected Topics OR
  • INTD 0857 Interdisciplinary Seminar: Spiritual Theology (Spiritual Theology Track)

One Directed Reading and Research course in Subject Area: (1)

  • OLDT/NEWT/THEO/HIST 0870 Directed Reading and Research

Two Advanced Courses in Subject Area (MDiv/MTS/ThM) (2)

  • ___ Course in Subject Area
  • ___ Course in Subject Area

Thesis (equivalent to two courses – 6 credits)

  • OLDT/NEWT/THEO/HIST 0899 (6) Thesis Research and Writing OR
  • Students taking the non-thesis option will take two additional courses in their subject area as approved by the program director.

Total Course Requirements: 8

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**
MDiv
Master of Divinity***
ThM
Master of Theology
DMin
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

Courses
Required

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...
Notes:
* 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

dngien@tyndale.ca
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 is the author of several monographs including The Suffering of God according to Martin Luther's Theologia Crucis (Peter Lang, 1995); Apologetic for Filioque in Medieval Theology (Paternoster, 2005); Luther as a Spiritual Adviser: The Interface of Theology and Piety in Luther's Devotional Writings (Paternoster, 2007); Gifted Response: The Triune God as the Causative Agency of our Responsive Worship (Paternoster, 2008), and Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms (Fortress Press, 2015).  His articles have appeared in journals such as International Journal of Systematic Theology, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Evangelical Review of Theology, 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 (dennisngiencentre.ca), he spends time in mentoring scholars, theological students, pastors, church leaders and assisting churches in advisory and teaching capacities. Formerly nominated as Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, he now supervises graduate students in MPhil and PhD levels at London School of Theology in England, as Research Supervisor, and Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, as Research Professor. He is presently appointed as Fellow (2016) at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, where his research and writing on his Luther’s Christology in John’s Gospel (with Fortress Press), will be undertaken.

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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, 2013, 2016
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 master’s program in Spiritual Formation and the doctoral track in Spiritual Formation. He has served as the lead minister in several congregations in Canada and is presently Minister in Association with The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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; The Marriage Preparation Manual ; the award winning books Re:Connect: Spiritual Exercises to Develop Intimacy with God; Living, Dying, Living Forever; and Renew: A Basic Guide for a Personal Retreat. His work on spiritual formation has been produced on several videos. Dr. Sherbino is involved as visiting professor at various theological schools, including the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (India), the Alliance Biblical Seminary (The Philippines), BGST (Singapore), and at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON).

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Dr. John Kessler

Professor of Old Testament

JKessler@tyndale.ca
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

rkydd@tyndale.ca
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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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The program seeks to provide candidates with a collegial, academic and professional milieu in which you will advance your understanding of the nature, purposes, and practice of ministry; enhance your leadership and formational competencies in discernment, theological reflection, and in-ministry research; gain opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Learn More | View Requirements

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Tyndale University College & Seminary (Tyndale) and Association of Canadian Chinese Theological Education (ACCTE) have collaborated in a strategic partnership to organize the Canadian Chinese School of Theology (Toronto). Learn More | View Requirements

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