Master of Arts (Theology)
Newly approved by the Ontario College of Graduate Studies, the MA will begin in May 2006 with its first courses to take place at Huron.
On-line courses are expected to begin in 2007.
The MA in Theology will be a postgraduate research degree offered by the University of Western Ontario, drawing on resources from Anglican (Huron) and Roman Catholic (St. Peter’s) colleges affiliated with the University, as well as from the wider university itself.
Local/Residential or Distance Education
Offered in two basic patterns, the degree will ideally be taken over two years of full-time study, in a way which allows you to continue in employment (part-time study will also be available).
The first pattern will also enable you to study while living at a distance from London or even abroad, with the exception of two brief residential periods in two successive years, each of three weeks’ duration in May.
The second would enable you to take the degree while living locally; this local pattern may also allow for a greater range of elective choices.
What This MA Offers You
The MA in Theology will provide a rigorous academic program in theology, exceeding the normal expectations of similar degrees offered in the North American context at intermediate postgraduate level, offering excellent preparation for doctoral research or a superior terminal degree in theology for those not wishing to pursue full doctoral studies. A major characteristic of the degree will be its emphasis on the integration of theological vision and of the theological disciplines.
MA (Theology) Degree Synopsis
3 compulsory interdisciplinary courses (taught by distance):
Theology and practice
Theology and interpretation
Theology in the global context
2 discipline-specific electives (residential–taught intensively over two weeks annually in May or in regular term-length courses)
1 research methodology (taught by distance and residentially)
25,000-word (100 pp.) thesis
Initially, it is anticipated that the electives available to students in the degree program will include the following: Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, and Church History. Biblical Studies may be available at a later stage to all students, but initially only to students able to reside in the London area for a minimum of one regular academic term over the September to April period.
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