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Master of Divinity

The seminary and theology school at Huron is proud to welcome you into our midst. Whether you are seeking personal development, ministry skills for ordination, or an opportunity to engage in critical study and research, the faculty and staff will accommodate your need.

Our programs are continually monitored, evaluated and improved so that we can offer you the very best in education and formation.  Students at Huron begin their studies with a wide variety of experiences. What all members of the community have in common is the desire to know God more deeply, to serve others, to grow intellectually and mature spiritually. You would be welcomed into our community of prayer and study with the hope that, in a very short time, you might call us home.

Quick Comparison of Huron's Theology Degrees

Current Timetable, Course Descriptions

Official Academic Calendar, 2015-16

Orientation Handbook, 2016-17

  • The Quick Facts

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    • three-year, post-baccalaureate, professional undergraduate degree preparing women and men for ordination
    • taken full- or part-time; however, the maximum duration of the degree is six years
    • granted by The University of Western Ontario
    • recognized by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada for the training of ordinands; however, we are pleased that students come to Huron from a variety of denominations--community life at the College is enhanced by ecumenical relationships

  • What Will I Gain?

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  • As an M.Div. student, you will acquire:
    • Knowledge of the Bible and its interpretation using contemporary methods of criticism
    • Understanding of Christian doctrines and the historical, methodological and philosophical approaches to the study of theology
    • Skills in ministerial leadership:  preaching, pastoral care, personal and public prayer, worship planning, and management and administration
    • Ability to provide diverse forms of public leadership and service
    • Cultural sensitivity and awareness for living in an ecumenical and multi-faith context
  • Accreditation & Statement of Institutional Effectiveness

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  • Accreditation

    The School is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the  Association of Theological Schools. The Commission contact information is:

    The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
    10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275
    USA
    Telephone: 412/788.6505; Fax: 412.788.6510;
    Website: www.ats.edu

    The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting:  MDiv, MTS, MA (Theology).

    Student complaints in areas related to the accrediting standards of the Commission should be directed to the Dean of Theology. A record of such formal student complaints is maintained in the Office of the Dean.

    Statement of Educational Effectiveness

    In a changing church and world, completing a degree program at the Faculty of Theology is no guarantee of employment. Recent graduates of our MDiv degree program have found full- or part-time employment in parish ministry after graduation, serve the church in other fashions, and go on to further studies; Half of the recent graduates from our MTS program have gone on to further studies; graduates of our MA in theology program have been accepted into doctoral programs in theology or other graduate programs, are using their MA to teach at the secondary and post-secondary level, or are pursuing other careers that benefit from the research skills and knowledge gained as a result of completing the degree program.

    Master of Divinity
    Average time to graduation: 3.2 years
    Average at graduation (2012-2014): 81.9%
    Ratio of admissions/applications (2011-2014) 85%
    Ratio of registrations/applications (2011-2014) 74%
    Post-graduation occupation of graduates (2012-2014):  ordained ministry: 57%; 22% further studies; 21% other

    Master of Theological Studies
    Average time to graduation: 3.4 years
    Average at graduation (2012-2014): 79.7%
    Ratio of admissions/applications (2011-2014) 89%
    Ratio of registrations/applications (2011-2014) 66%
    Post-graduation occupation of graduates (2012-2014):  Further studies, 50%; 50% other/retired

    Master of Arts (Theology)
    Average time to graduation (2011-2014):  2.2 years
    Average at graduation (2011-2014):  83.5%
    Ratio of admissions to applications (2011-14): 78%
    Ratio of registrations/applications (2011-14):  66%
    Post-graduation occupation of graduates: Further studies, 43%; teaching, 7%; ministry, 29%; other, 21%

  • Admission Requirements

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  • You may apply if you hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university. A limited number of competitive, discretionary admissions may be available for those without a bachelor's degree (contact the Faculty for details).  Occasional January part-time admission is possible.  Contact the Faculty for information.

    Deadline for application is May 30 for September entry (enquire at the Faculty if that date has passed).

    Taking Courses Only (Not the Degree), Letter of Permission, and Special Student

    You may take courses without being in a degree stream in the following ways when you already hold a university degree:

    Special Students & Letter of Permission (Visiting) Students:

    Special Students
    already hold a university degree & wish to take course(s), for audit or credit, without being in a degree program.

    Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.

    To apply as a Special Student or Letter of Permission Student:
    1. Download the application form.
    2. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).
    3. Visiting/Letter of Permission students arrange to have a Letter of Permission from their university sent to the Faculty of Theology.
    Due Date for Applications for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:   August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office (519-438-7224, ext. 289) directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).

    Non-Registered Students

    If you do not already hold a Bachelor's degree, you can contact the Faculty of Theology office regarding the possibility of sitting in on courses in the Faculty.  You will not be an official Western/Huron student, no records will be kept, audit fees will be charged.

    Application form.
  • How Do I Apply?

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  • Application Steps

    1. Do I qualify? Check info in box above.
    2. Download the MDiv application here (pdf).  Complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.
    3. Print the MDiv reference letter forms from (2).  Fill in your name and send to your referees.
    4. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to the Faculty of Theology at Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).
    5. Complete and send your auto-biographical religious statement, as described on the M.Div. application form.
    6. Once your file is complete, we will arrange for a convenient admissions interview with the Admissions Committee.  (Other arrangements will be made for applicants some distance from London.)


    Due Date for Applications for the MDiv degree:  

    May 31 of each year. (Call the Faculty of Theology office directly if this deadline has passed, for further information). 

    International students are advised to apply well in advance in order to give themselves extra time to apply for a student visa.



    Taking Courses without the Degree

    Special Students & Letter of Permission (Visiting) Students

    Special Students already hold a university degree & wish to take course(s) for credit, without being in a degree program.  Those wishing to audit require permission of the Dean and instructor.

    Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.

    To apply as a Special Student or Letter of Permission Student:
    1. Download the application form here (pdf).
    2. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).
    3. Visiting/Letter of Permission students arrange to have a Letter of Permission from their university sent to the Faculty of Theology
    Due Date for Applications for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:   August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office (519-438-7224, ext. 289) directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).
  • MDiv Degree Synopsis/Course Requirements

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  • Complete the following 30 half-courses over three years (full-time or part-time equivalent). Normal full-time enrolment is 5 half-courses per term, 10 half-courses per year. The total program of study for the MDiv shall not extend beyond 6 years.

    From Area I: Biblical Studies--Old Testament, New Testament, and related studies

    • Biblical Studies 5110a/b, 5116a/b, and 5120a/b
    • One of Hebrew 5040a/b or Greek 5103a/b
    • One half-course in New Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies
    • One half-course in Hebrew Bible from Area 1, Biblical Studies
    • One half-course from Area I, Biblical Studies, including Greek, or Hebrew

     (Those who began the degree prior to September 2014 may substitute Biblical Studies 5112a/b and 5114a/b for 5120a/b and the half-course elective in Hebrew Bible)

    (what courses are in Area I?)

    From Area II: Theological Studies--Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics

    • Systematic Theology 5103a and Theological Ethics 5203a
    • 3 further half-courses from Area II, Theological Studies
    (what courses are in Area II?)

    From Area III: Historical Studies--Studies in Church History, History of Christian Thought, and other historical studies of Christianity, the Christian tradition

    • Church History 5104a/b and 5106a/b
    • One further half-course from Area III, Historical Studies
    (what courses are in Area III?)

    Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies--Studies in the work of the church, in particular conducting liturgy and preaching, and of the various forms of ministry, pastoral care and public leadership

    • Homiletics 5204a/b and Homiletics 5305a
    • Liturgics 5204a/b and 1 other Liturgics course (Candidates for ordination in Anglican Church of Canada take Liturgics 5301a/b)
    • Religious Education 5203a/b
    • Pastoral Theology 5230a/b

    (what courses are in Area IV?)

    Area V:  Contextual and Formational Studies--Field Education and Community-Based Learning conducted alongside theological reflection on parochial, social, educational, or clinical ministries

    • Field Education 5110a
    • Field Education 5211a and 5212b; or two of Field Education 5222a/b, 5230a/b or 5232a/b
    (what courses are in Area V?)

    Area VI: Comparative and Cultural Studies--Ecumenical, Interfaith and cross-cultural studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, sociology, and anthropology

    • 2 half-courses from Area VI, Comparative & Contextual Studies
    (what courses are in Area VI?)

    General MDiv Electives

    • 4 electives from any of the 6 areas

    Transcultural Learning Experience

    Faculty of Theology Calendar here.

  • What Might My First-Year Courses Look Like?

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  • A typical full-time schedule in the first year:

    First Term (Fall)
    Biblical Studies 5110a
    Heb. 5040a or Greek 5103a
    Systematic Theology 5103a
    Church History 5104a
    Field Education 5110a

    Second Term (Winter)
    Biblical Studies 5120b (before September 2014, replace with RS 2420b or 5112b)
    Biblical Studies 5116b
    Theological Ethics 5203b
    Church History 5106b
    elective or other required course

    Full-time vs. Part-time:

    Once you are registered for 7 half-courses over the school year, you are considered a full-time student, although the normal full-time load is 10 half-courses.
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships

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  • You will find a variety of opportunities for financial assistance, from bursaries, to scholarships, employment, OSAP, and prizes and awards.  In addition, the Faculty of Theology offers bursaries/financial aid each year to qualified applicants in the MDiv degree.

    See here for details.
  • Further Questions?

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  • Feel free to contact the Faculty of Theology at srice@uwo.ca or 519.438.7224, ext. 289, for more details about the MDiv degree or about the Faculty of Theology in general.

    Download a copy of the Theology viewbook.

    MDiv "Info for current students" site is here.

    Prospective Student Open House:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Please see here for details and registration.