M.A. (Th.) in Eastern Christian Studies

For complete program details, consult the Faculty of Theology Calendar Website

The aim of the Master of Arts in Theology [M.A.(Th.)] (ECS) program is to help the candidate who has already acquired a basic understanding of the whole of theology to begin to specialize in the particular field of Eastern Christian Studies while seeking to promote an integration of the theological formation already acquired.

Admission Requirements

Also refer to General Academic Regulations

  1. The candidate must hold a specialized baccalaureate (60 credits in theology) or its equivalent with minimum second class standing (B average).
  2. The candidate must have a mastery of one of the two official languages of the University (French or English) and a passive knowledge (ability to follow lectures and to read) of the other official language.
  3. The candidate must supply two reference letters on forms provided by the Faculty. The references should be written by persons from an academic milieu.
  4. The candidate registering in Eastern Christian Studies, must have demonstrated a certain level of knowledge in the concentration.
  5. A candidate who registers in Eastern Christian Studies must have a basic knowledge of Greek. Other ancient or modern languages may be required depending on the area of research chosen.

Residence and Time Limit

It is possible to complete the M.A.(Th.)(ECS) on a part-time basis. The candidate must complete all degree requirements within four years from the date of first registration in the program.

Degree Requirements

The M.A.(Th.)(ECS) is a program consisting of 30 credits.

  1. One major research paper (6 credits) of approximately 40 pages submitted to the Faculty at the end of the Winter semester. This assignment is done under the direction of one professor from the concentration in which the student is registered. It is valued at 6 credits and is corrected by the director and another professor of the Faculty. The submission of the research paper is dependent upon successful completion of the Methodology course (THO 6378).
  2. Eight 3-credit courses (24 credits):
    • Two foundational and three optional courses in the concentration
    • One course on theological methodologies, and related to the research paper
    • One course from outside the concentration
    • A synthesis Exam in Eastern Christian Studies

Program Requirements

Resources and Methods – Synthesis Exam – Research Paper (12 credits):

THO 6378 Resources and Methods for the Study of Eastern Christianity (3 credits)
THO 6997 M.A. Synthesis Exam in Eastern Christian Studies (3 credits)
THO 6998 Research Paper (6 credits)

Two Foundational Courses (6 Credits) selected from the following six courses offered on a three year cycle:

THO 6375 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian History (Year B)
THO 6376 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Spirituality (Year C)
THO 6377 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Liturgical Year (Year A)
THO 6382 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Theology (Year A)
THO 6388 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Liturgical Theology (Year B)
THO 6397 Foundational Texts in East-West Ecumenism (Year C)

Three other courses in Eastern Christian Studies (9 credits) selected from:

THO 6352 Studies in Eastern Christianity
THO 6379 Issues in Eastern Christian Hermeneutics and Exegesis
THO 6380 Patristic Theology
THO 6381 Contemporary Eastern Theology
THO 6382 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Theology
THO 6387 Issues in Eastern Christian Liturgical Theology
THO 6388 Foundational Texts in Eastern Christian Liturgical Theology
THO 6392 The History of Eastern Christian Institutions, Movements, Persons
THO 6393 Methodological Issues in Eastern Christian History
THO 6397 Foundational Texts in East-West Ecumenism
THO 6398 Inter-religious Issues and the Christian East

One course from outside the concentration (3 credits) to be approved by the Faculty.

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