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Master of Theological Studies - Indigenous Studies


This graduate theological degree is designed and taught by Indigenous scholars and practitioners. It is the outcome of an innovative, educational partnership between the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) and Tyndale Seminary. Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of Indigenous theology, history and praxis. Encourage others to fully embrace being an Indigenous follower of Jesus Christ. Assist your community in following God's call.  Inspire people to embrace their Indigenous culture. Learn how to fully engage your ministry and its Indigenous context.


Indigenous academic leaders have designed and tailored this degree for Indigenous people and those serving in its communities. More than 80% of professors in the program are Native North Americans with doctoral degrees from a wide range of universities and seminaries. Learn from professors who are engaged in their own Indigenous communities and are committed followers of Jesus. This is a faculty who is passionate about providing graduate-level theological education for Indigenous communities.


Courses are available in flexible, accessible formats. Continue to live in your communities from online-hybrid options. Intensive summer courses provide face-to-face classroom experience.   Wrap-around conference courses related to the NAIITS Annual Symposium stimulate learning with Indigenous theological learners. Elective courses allow you to further tailor the program to your own learning and ministry environment.

Mutual Learning Community

Join with colleagues in your program who are working in Indigenous contexts. Grow in your leadership capacity as you build relationships and experience one-to-one and small-group mentorship. As part of your on-site courses, experience the multicultural and denominationally-diverse Christian community at Tyndale. Located in the easily accessible, multiethnic city of Toronto, Tyndale is a welcoming, multicultural meeting place for learning and service.

How this program works

The delivery of this program is geared to accommodate students who are likely to live and work in their own comunities. The majority of these courses are taught by Indigenous faculty and all courses are offered in a variety of formats: intensive summer classes, online hybrid formation and wrap-around courses relating to NAIITS’ Annual Symposium.  Courses are limited to MTS Indigenous Studies students or on permission of the program director.

Program Requirements

Each program has a set of specific requirements for completion. Please refer to your Seminary major sheet to determine the exact criteria.

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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 Faculty

Dr. Terry LeBlanc

Title & Contact Info

Indigenous Studies Program Director
Elder of the B.Ed. Program

 Email: tleblanc [at] tyndale.ca
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2229

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2012

Areas of Specialization

Intercultural Studies, Mission, Theology, World Religions


Professor LeBlanc, a Mi’kmaq-Acadian, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways and also the founding Chair and current Director of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS), an indigenous learning community. Terry holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida, and specializes in Theology and Anthropology.

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Tyndale, he also teaches at George Fox University and Seminary, in Portland, Oregon, and Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Terry has accrued over 38 years of community work experience in Native North American and global Indigenous contexts, including as an educator in theology, cultural anthropology and community development practice.

Terry has won several awards for his varied writings. In June 2010, he received the Dr. E.H. Johnson Memorial Award for Innovation in Mission for his work on the creation of NAIITS. In May 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Acadia University.

NAIITS Faculty

  • Ray Aldred, Cree, Th.D. (Cand) (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
  • Cheryl Bear, Carrier Sekani, D.Min. (Masters University)
  • Cornelius A. Buller, Ph.D. (McMaster University)
  • Shalene Jobin, Cree/Metis, Ph.D. (University of Alberta)
  • Jeanine Lowe LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, M.Div. (Asbury)
  • Jennifer LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, M.Div. (Sioux Falls)
  • Terry LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq-Acadian, Ph.D (Asbury)
  • Jacqueline Ottmann, Saulteaux, Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Wendy Peterson, Métis, Ph.D. (ABD) (Asbury)
  • Andy Reimer, P.hD. (Sheffield)
  • Shari Russell, Saulteaux, M.A. (Providence)
  • Michael Rynkiewich, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
  • Catherine Schull, Metis, M.A. (McGill)
  • Patrick Scott, Ph.D. (University of Dundee, Scotland)
  • Andrea Smith, Cherokee-Ojibway, Ph.D. (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Justine Smith, Cherokee-Ojibway, Ph.D. (Harvard University)
  • Randy Woodley, Keetoowah, Ph.D. (Asbury)
  • Danny Zacharias, Ojibway, Ph.D. (Cand) (Aberdeen)

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Application Information

» For more information about applying to the MTS – Indigenous Studies program please email admissions [at] naiits [dot] com


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