Master of Theological Studies - Online

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Online is a foundational program in Christian theology and ministry—it is a full online master’s degree. Its purpose is to provide understanding in the theological disciplines, integrating intellectual rigor, spiritual formation and ministry development.

This online master’s degree is structured around a missional understanding of the Church as the people of God, called and sent out into every sphere of society to witness in word and deed to the good news of God’s kingdom.

Flexibility

The MTS online degree makes graduate theological education accessible and manageable for people who find distance learning a better fit for their lifestyle and location. The online studies and class schedule are designed to meet the needs of students with demands such as family responsibilities, church commitments and full-time careers. There are 18 online courses from which to choose. Each course is designed to give you the flexibility of distance learning and an interactive experience with fellow online students and the professor.

Interactive

You will be taught by Tyndale’s recognized faculty from wherever you live. Our faculty are available online and are prompt in answering your questions. As with students who study in-class, your professor will facilitate discussions and provide an interactive experience. You will be engaged in informative lessons, online debates and dialogue with peers and professors. You will experience a learning and supportive community during your online studies.

Length of program

Four to six online courses will be available each semester. You can choose to do part-time studies and select the number of courses you wish to take each semester, according to your own schedules.  When you choose to pursue this online master’s degree as full-time studies you will be able to complete your MTS degree within 2 years.

Program Requirements

The Master of Theological Studies is a two-year graduate degree that helps you understand the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith. The MTS is flexible program that can be tailored to meet your learning and ministry interests, or help you prepare you for further studies. Students may select electives from across the curriculum, or use them to focus their studies in a chosen concentration.

Students completing the MTS program will acquire a broad understanding of the theological disciplines for Christian faith and practice. Students will:

  1. gain theological understanding and insight through study of the heritage of Christian scripture, history, theology and ministry;
  2. develop aptitudes for thinking critically, theologically and biblically in relation to faith, vocation and ministry;
  3. acquire critical awareness of God’s mission in the world in its social, cultural and global contexts;
  4. demonstrate depth of understanding in a particular field (for those opting to concentrate in an area of study).
Bible, Theology and History Courses (7 Courses)

[BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
[HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
[HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
[OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
[NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
[THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
[THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II

Ministry Formation (3 Courses)

[LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
[MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
[SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation

Electives (8 Courses)

 

Total MTS Courses: 18 – You will be able to take all 18 courses online.

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. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast

Associate Academic Dean
Director, MTS Modular Program

neufeldt-fast@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2655

BTh, Mennonite Bible College, 1987;
BA, Brock University, 1987;
MA, Brock University, 1988;
PhD, University of St Michael's College, 1996

Areas of Specialization: Contemporary Protestant Theology and Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Anabaptist Studies.

Dr. Neufeldt-Fast brings to the position of Director of the Master of Theological Studies Modular Program a strong background in teaching and administration as well as international exposure. From 2000-2006 Dr. Neufeldt-Fast was the Coordinator of a MA in Pastoral Ministries modular program at the Theological Seminary, Bienenberg, Switzerland, in partnership with the University of Wales and the Oxford Centre of Mission Studies. He has taught primarily theology and ethics at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as courses in Christian spirituality. Dr. Neufeldt-Fast has authored a number of articles and scholarly book reviews in both English and German and has translated a variety of German theological texts into English. He is currently translating the second volume of Karl Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics (Eerdmans). Dr. Neufeldt-Fast is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada.

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» Program Faculty

Dr. Ian W. Scott

Associate Professor of New Testament

BRE, Emmanuel Bible College, 1995
MCS, Regent College, 1998
PhD, McMaster University, 2004

Areas of Specialization: New Testament, Pauline Studies, Judaism in the Second Temple period, Approaches to Religious Knowledge, Early Christology.

Before coming to Tyndale in 2006, Dr. Scott taught for three years at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. Much of his current research examines ways of knowing in the New Testament and early Judaism. His publications include his recent book, Implicit Epistemology in the Letters of Paul: Story, Experience and the Spirit (Mohr Siebeck, 2006), the chapter entitled "Epistemology and Social Conflict in Jubilees and Aristeas" in the forthcoming book Common Judaism Explored, and an article in New Testament Studies entitled " Common Ground? The Role of Gal 2.16 in Paul's Argument." He is co-editor of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha (www.purl.org/net/ocp), an electronic publication of the Society of Biblical Literature. He has presented papers at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as other academic conferences. Outside the academy, Dr. Scott preaches and teaches in a variety of church contexts. Over the years, he and his wife Susan have been involved in youth work, small-group leadership and worship ministries.

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Dr. Wafik Wahba

Associate Professor of Global Christianity

wwahba@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2132

BA, Ain Shams University, 1980
BTh, Evangelical Seminary (Cairo, Egypt)
MATS, McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), 1985
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1987
PhD, Northwestern University, 1997

Areas of Specialization: Global Christianity, Cultural Contextualization, Theology, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Dr. Wahba first came to Tyndale as adjunct professor of theology in 1998, having previously taught contextualized theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, as well as having pastored churches in Chicago and Toronto. Dr. Wahba has taught theology and intercultural studies in the United States, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. Dr. Wahba is one of 31 contemporary reformed theologians who have contributed to The Future of Reformed Theology, edited by Willis, David & Welker, Michael, (Eerdmans, 1999). Dr. Wahba has also published in Zur Zunkunft Der Reformierten Theologie, (Neukirchener Verlag, 1998). He co-led the unit on Theological Education for Mission at the 2004 Forum of Lausanne Committee in Pattaya, Thailand and is one of the authors of “Effective Theological Education for World Evangelization” Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 57, (May 2005). Dr. Wahba serves on the Board of Directors for several international Christian organizations.

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Dr. James E. Pedlar

Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology

jpedlar@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2215

BA (Hons), Queen’s University, 2002
MDiv, Wycliffe College / University of Toronto, 2005
PhD, University of St. Michael’s College, 2013

Areas of Specialization: Wesleyan theology, ecclesiology, unity and diversity in the church, renewal and reform movements.

James Pedlar joined the Tyndale faculty full time in 2013, having previously taught at Tyndale and Booth University College on a part time basis.  James loves teaching and is passionate about helping students understand how Christian theology has developed in response to the challenges that the church has faced throughout its history.

James is a Wesleyan theologian whose work focuses on ecclesiology – especially questions involving the place of renewal and reform movements in the church.  His doctoral dissertation explores the use of the Pauline concept of “charisms” as a way of thinking about the unique gifts that different movements bring to the life of the church as a whole.  He has published articles in The Asbury Journal, Ecumenical Trends, and Ecumenism. 

James is a Lay Minister at Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church in Scarborough, where he leads worship and preaches regularly.  He has previously served with The Salvation Army, both as the director of a Canada-wide research project on young adult attrition, and as Community Ministries Director in the Quinte Region of Ontario.  He also served on the staff of the Commission on Faith and Witness at the Canadian Council of Churches.

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