Master of Pastoral Studies class

Program Overview

Starting September 2024, the Master of Pastoral Studies will now be called the Master of Psychospiritual Studies. Please ensure you consult the Knox College website as information is updated.


The Master of Psychospiritual Studies program equips persons for leadership in helping professions. At Knox College, MPS students choose one of two foci:

  • Spiritual Care – Provide spiritual care and therapy in faith communities, private practice offices, social service agencies, or public institutions such as healthcare institutions, long-term care facilities, hospices, prisons, and educational institutions.
  • Social Services – Provide leadership in faith-based organizations, non-profits, or secular social agencies.

All MPS students are required to do core courses in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Ethics, Theology of Religions/Interfaith Leadership, and the History of Christianity. Each of the two foci then focus in a particular aspect of pastoral care. Students need to work with their faculty advisor to ensure they move efficiently through the program.


Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from a university, college, or Indigenous Institute recognized by the University of Toronto
  • CGPA 2.7/4.0 or greater (70%; B-) for the entire degree
  • A student without an undergraduate degree or demonstrated educational equivalent (reviewed and approved by TST) cannot be admitted to the SCP Cert.
  • Meeting the admission requirements for the MPS does not automatically mean that the admission requirements for the SCP Cert. are met

NOTE: If your undergraduate degree was conferred by a post-secondary institution that uses a grading scale other than the 4.0 GPA scale, please review your transcripts to confirm CGPA equivalency before applying to Knox College.

Program Structure

The MPS program requires 20 semester-long courses. It is 2 academic years of full-time study.


Learning Outcomes

Master of Psychospiritual Studies program learning outcomes:

1. Demonstrates knowledge at a basic level in various theological disciplines, in the Reformed or another tradition. [* the student may come from another tradition]
2. Demonstrates an appropriate spiritual and professional identity formation in relation to specialized practice.
3. Demonstrates knowledge and skills in spiritual care and therapy, grounded in appropriate theories, for professional practice and leadership in community and institutional settings.
4. Writes and speaks in English sufficiently well to engage in professional practice.

Tuition Basics

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