What is the Master of Divinity Degree?
The MDiv Degree is the most widely recognized degree for ministry professionals. It is designed to prepare students for ordained and other forms of trained, professional ministry.
What do MDiv graduates do?
UTC graduates bring their unique gifts and leadership to ministries in a variety of contexts in congregations, community settings, or elsewhere. Some have a particular focus to their ministry. For example, some focus on ministry with seniors, with youth with congregations in transition, or in social justice ministries.
Paula Kline is executive director at the Montreal City Mission in downtown Montreal, where her leadership helps transform the lives of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.
Isaac Mundy focuses on youth ministry as part of a multi-staff team at SILOAM United Church.
Rolanda Taylor serves in a multi-point charge in rural Saskatchewan.
Alyda Faber, who followed her UTC studies with a PhD in theology from McGill, now teaches theology at Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax.
Russell Daye is the lead minister at St. Andrews’s United Church, Halifax. he focuses on reconciliation with aboriginal people.
Vicky Cowan serves as Minister of the Merging Waters Pastoral Charge at Beaurepaire, and as minister at the Union Church at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. She focuses on church amalgamation and transformation.
D’thea Webster has lead worship in various churches, teaching Sunday School and adult Christian education courses, and serving on local, presbytery, conference and national church committees. She is now serving at Richview United Church, Toronto.
What will I study in the MDiv?
Through their MDiv studies, students learn about the Christian faith, including its biblical tradition, history, and theology. They gain skills for reading and interpreting the Bible, including ways to make the gospel meaningful and accessible to people today. They learn how to express their own values, vision, and theology. They deepen their faith and grow in self-understanding. And, they develop professional skills and competencies for effective ministry leadership in the church and in the wider community.
Students at UTC have the option to choose a specialization for their MDiv in Ministry for Emerging Expressions of Christianity or in Spiritual Care and Counselling.
What does the MDiv program look like?
The MDiv Degree is a two-part program done over three years
The first part of the program—academic studies at McGill or other partner institutions, and personal formation is equivelant of two year full-time academic years
The second part of the program year—professional and personal formation for ministry (eight months full-time, or half-time over two years)
MDiv I and MDiv II—academic studies, personal and spiritual formation for ministry
- academic courses in theology, biblical studies, history and global/interfaith studies (a total of 20 three-credit courses or four full-time academic terms)
- personal and spiritual formation through workshops in pastoral care, worship and preaching; small group reflection on journey of faith, call, and gifts for ministry; and, participation in the community life including worship, an annual retreat, and community evenings
MDiv III, The In-Ministry Program—pastoral studies and formation for ministry
- alternate weeks in class and at the ministry site
- 16 weeks in a supervised ministry field placement, including reflection and integration of learning, with a skilled supervisor and a group of mentors, as well as with peers
- 15 weeks of small group seminar studies with a focus on leadership, education, worship, preaching, pastoral care and counselling, mission, and denominational studies
- participation in community life at the college and in the MST ecumenical community
For more information on the Master of Divinity Program, please click here.
For an overview of the courses in the MDiv Program, please click here.
Note: Students studying part-time may take a maximum of six years to complete MDiv I and II, and an additional two years to complete MDiv II