Master of Pastoral Studies class

Program Overview

The Master of Pastoral Studies program equips persons for leadership in helping professions. At Knox College, MPS students choose one of the three 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 Ministry – Provide leadership in faith-based organizations, non-profits, or secular social agencies.
  • Congregational Leadership (Worship and Preaching) – Lead in Christian congregations by focusing on worship, preaching, pastoral care, or other areas of congregational life and mission. Under Review Fall 2023

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 three foci then focuses 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 recognized by the University of Toronto
  • CGPA 2.7/4.0 or greater (70%; B-); if your undergraduate degree was conferred by a postsecondary 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.
  • English Proficiency
  • Academic or employer reference and pastoral reference
Program Structure

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


Learning Outcomes

Master of Pastoral 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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