Program Overview

The Master of Theological Studies is a degree program that provides students with a full and comprehensive overview to the central theological disciplines of biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and practical mission.

For students interested in advanced research on issues of religion, practical ministry, and faith-based lay vocations, this program equips you with biblical and theological knowledge for personal faith development.

Students may approach the program in one of two ways:

  • Those interested in a broad knowledge can take their elective courses across many disciplines and conclude the program with an integrative paper or project.
  • Others who are interested in an in-depth knowledge of a specific discipline of theological studies may specialize and produce a thesis.


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

NOTE: 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.

Program Structure

The Master of Theological Studies requires successful completion of twenty courses (including a summative exercise), which can be taken either on a full-time or part-time basis. MTS students must maintain a CGPA of 2.7/4.0 graduate from the MTS program.

This program can be completed:

  • full-time in two academic years

The MTS curriculum follows a framework with three main components:

  1. a set of foundational courses
  2. a set of advanced-level courses
  3. a summative exercise

Students are all required to complete introductory courses in the following:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Theology
  • The History of Christianity
  • An introductory pastoral care elective of their choice
  • At least ten courses must be taken at Knox College (a course code beginning with KN)
  • Additional courses in each area are also required

With the remaining electives students may either focus their studies in a particular theological area or take courses across these disciplines. Students complete their program with either an integrative project (one course) or, for those who are interested and who have the requisite average, through a thesis (two courses).

Where students enter with some previous coursework in theological or religious studies, their academic advisor may waive a requirement in favour of a substitute course.

Students must consult their Faculty Advisor to ensure successful program completion. Through careful planning and course selection, the MTS program could lead to doctoral studies.

Learning Outcomes

Master in Theological Studies program learning outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

1. Demonstrates knowledge at a basic level in various theological disciplines.
2. Finds, selects, reads, and appropriately integrates theological information.
3. Engages respectfully and constructively in a theological community of scholarship.
4. Writes and speaks in English sufficiently well to engage in theological discourse.

Tuition Basics

For full tuition details and bursary information, visit our Tuition/Financial Aid page.