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Master of Pastoral Studies

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The Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) is a twenty-credit second-level entry (post-baccalaureate) degree that equips persons for leadership in specialized areas of pastoral ministries, spiritual care/therapy, and social service. Graduates of the MPS program are prepared to be leaders in lay and diaconal ministries in faith communities, pursue careers in the non-profit sector, and work as institutional chaplains, spiritual care practitioners, psycho-spiritual therapists, and community workers.

Students pursue the program by choosing one of three foci below as a pathway or, with the permission of the faculty and the direction of an adviser, by developing their own focus in an area of pastoral studies and practice:

  • Spiritual Care, for providing spiritual care in faith communities or public institutions;
  • Social Service, for providing leadership in faith-based organizations or secular social agencies;
  • Congregational Leadership, for providing lay leadership in Christian congregations by focusing on worship, preaching, or other areas of congregational life and mission.

In the Spiritual Care focus, students may complete requirements for a conjunct Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (SCP Cert.) for providing spiritual care and psychotherapy as a spiritual care practitioner (chaplain) or as a psycho-spiritual therapist (pastoral counsellor) in counselling centres or other contexts. This certificate program (taken concurrently with and as part of the MPS program) prepares students to apply for entry into advanced training toward Specialist certification in the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and for qualifying membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), pending approval by the CRPO.

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Admission Deadlines

Admission Deadlines

  • BASIC DEGREES
  • For Fall Admission: May 31
  • For Winter Admission: October 31
  • For Spring/Summer Admission: February 15
  • GRADUATE DEGREES
  • For Th.M. and Ph.D.: check current date
  • For D.Min.: check current date

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