Master of Arts

A rigorous academic program in theology, offering excellent preparation for doctoral research, or a superior terminal degree in theology (for those not wishing to pursue full doctoral studies), with an emphasis on the integration of theological vision and of the theological disciplines. 

The Graduate MA is also a superior degree for those wishing to approach another field such as education, counselling, journalism or public policy from a perspective enriched by theological study.

Alumni Stories

Where will a Master of Arts (Theology) take you? Wherever you want to go! Develop the knowledge and skills to actively participate in complex conversations, projects and research that require you to be sensitive towards and understanding of how different belief systems intersect and interact with one another. 

Some of our alumni have gone on to pursue further study, while others have put their refined critical thinking and communication skills to work in a wide variety of careers. With their developed appreciation for our global communities - past and present - these Leaders with Heart stand out as master relationship builders, storytellers and curious learners.

  • When you have a Philosophy degree, you can do anything you want with it. I feel pretty strongly about a Liberal Arts education
    Dave Beeston, BA'01
    Executive Vice President, Boston Red Sox
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  • The Liberal Arts teaches you to ask the right questions - not the easy ones. You learn to look at what is happening in the world, and you start to see different biases as your preconceived notions are turned on their heads
    Trevor Sookraj
    3rd year Honours Specialization Globalization Studies
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  • I think that when you work extremely hard for something - I've started to learn this over the last few years, really - the sky is the limit
    Ali Budd BA' 04
    Founder & CEO, Ali Budd Interiors
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The Quick Facts

  • A postgraduate research degree offered by the University of Western Ontario, drawing on resources from Anglican (Huron) and Roman Catholic (St. Peter's, Brescia) colleges affiliated with the University, as well as from the wider university itself.  
  • Develop research skills in written coursework and particularly in the preparation of a thesis constituting at least half of the workload you will undertake in the degree, providing an excellent foundation for further study to the doctoral level, or a capstone for an MA taken as a terminal degree.  
  • Ideally taken over two years of full-time study (fall term, winter term, May/Summer term), in a way which allows you to continue in part-time employment (part-time study also available).  
  • Courses are offered on-site at Huron University College or at St. Peter's Seminary.  
  • Approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies, the graduate MA began May 2006 with its first courses taking place at Huron.  
What will I gain?
  • Development of analytical and critical thinking skills in a rigorous research-based academic program  
  • Detailed knowledge of the major primary and secondary sources in classical and contemporary religious thought  
  • Construct informed responses to the arguments encountered in the relevant literature  
  • Exploration of ways in which theology as an academic discipline is informed by, and can inform, other branches of scholarship  
Areas of Specialization
  • Hebrew Bible & Early Judaism  
  • New Testament and Christian Origins  
  • Qur’anic Studies  
  • Islamic Theological Ethics   
  • Church History, especially English Reformation  
  • Religion and Violence  
  • Liturgical and Ritual Studies  
  • Systematic Theology; Christian Thought & Doctrine  
  • Contemporary Theology: Jewish and Christian  
  • Theology and the Fine and Performing Arts  
Admission Requirements
  • a four-year degree in Theology from an accredited institution with a minimum average of 75% (or the equivalent in Religious Studies, where normally the applicant’s studies should have included a major in Western Religion;   
  • or  
  •  a Bachelor’s degree in an allied subject (e.g., Classics, History, English, Philosophy), followed minimally by the equivalent of 12 half-courses (6.0 course load) in the Master of Theological Studies with a minimum average of 78%  
  • or  
  •  a Master of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies degree with a minimum average of 75% in the last two years of study.  
  • or  
  • In exceptional cases, the program may choose to admit students who already have an earned Graduate degree in an allied subject, though only in cases where research interests allow for a natural progression from the earlier program to the new. In such cases, however, a student will minimally be required to Audit specified M.Div./M.T.S. courses during at least the first year of study.  Admission in these cases is probationary, with continued registration being normally contingent on attaining a minimum average of 78% in the first term of study.  
  • or  
  • Probationary admission may also be available to students in other cases; e.g., where student's academic record in Theology or Religious Studies (Western Religion) is outstanding, but the degree is not from an accredited institution.  

Demonstration of Proficiency in English if your first language is not English (see detailed program regulations under "Admissions.")   

International Students should also consult the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies for details. 

How do I apply?

The normal admission term is September (fall), or January (winter) term.   
International students should apply well before these deadlines in order to give themselves sufficient time to arrange a student visa upon admission.  


You should complete your application through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western.  Click here for a link to SGPS' website, where there are further instructions and links to the online application (see square button on left, "I Want To Apply").   
This application will also require two academic references and transcripts for every university you've attended. You will be able to request Ontario transcripts be sent electronically, but you will need to contact universities elsewhere to arrange for transcripts to be sent to Huron.   You can work on this application, pause, then complete the application later.  
Application fee:  $100  
Application site 

Part-time admission is available.  Full-time students do not have employment for more than about 10 hours per week, on average.  

Subject areas
  • Systematic Theology
  • Public and Political Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Biblical Studies
  • Practical and Pastoral Theology

This degree also affords an opportunity to engage in Interdisciplinary study, in Comparative Theology (particularly in Western Religion), and in methodological issues in the study of Religion (e.g., Religion and modern science). MA students also have access to a range of Graduate courses in cognate areas of study elsewhere in the University.  

MA Course Timetables, 2018-19

Interdisciplinary Grad Courses at UWO (e.g., Languages)
Grad Courses at Other Canadian Universities 
International Exchange
Taking Undergraduate Courses
Sample Degree Timeline Full-time Student (pdf)
Sample Degree Timeline Part-time Student (pdf)

(classes begin September 7, 2018)

If you wish to complete your language requirement, or take a course in another department at UWO or at another university, please see the links just above for instructions and forms.  Plan ahead for registration at another university.  Give yourself enough time to complete all the paperwork.  Theology MA students will be emailed to request your registration.

Theology 9513a Research Methods (Group A Breadth Course)
An on-line (at course, self-directed.
2018 course outline tba


(classes begin January 7, 2019)

If you wish to complete your language requirement, or take a course in another department at UWO or at another university, please see the links just above for instructions and forms.  Plan ahead for registration at another university.  Give yourself enough time to complete all the paperwork.  Theology MA students will be emailed to request your registration.

Theology 9514b Social Scientific Theories of Religion (Group A Breadth Course)
Dr. Tracy Lemos, date/time tba
In-depth reading of major sources in social-scientific approaches, with particular attention to classic works and authors.  Role of social sciences in RS and Theology will be addressed.

Theology 9530b Theology of Karl Barth (Group B Focus Course)
Dr. Gary Badcock, Mondays, 10:30-11:30; Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30, Rm. W4


Program Options

Prepare for an exciting and challenging course load that will combine investigations into important works of literature with research, discussions and energetic debates. The Master of Arts (Theology) at Huron is led by incredibly knowledgeable and accessible professors who will promote your maturation as a student and global Leader with Heart.

Please explore detailed Theology program regulations to determine whether this educational journey aligns with your goals.

Terms of Study:  

  • Fall term:  September - December (Normal admission term)  
  • Winter term:  January - April  
  • Summer Term:  May - August (Group A courses generally not offered)   

 Graduate students remain continuously enrolled in programs and are expected to be making academic progress in all three terms each year.   
Part-time vs. Full-time:  

  • Full-time students complete in two years (six terms). (Maximum registration three years.)  
  • Part-time students complete in three years (nine terms).  (Maximum registration four years.)  
  • Those beginning as part-time students may later apply to the program to switch to full-time registration.  
  • Those beginning as full-time students may only apply to switch to part-time registration under certain conditions. 

Sample full-time timeline

Sample part-time timeline



Learn from and research under world-renowned experts in the exploration of Theology. Huron's professors can each offer you unique perspectives, based on their specific areas of research. They look forward to welcoming you into an inclusive community where ideas are challenged, but also respected and sharing is always encouraged. Get to know the people who will support your graduate studies and empower you to become the type of student, and community member, who feels confident standing up for what you believe in, as well as the people who may be unable to advocate for themselves.

  • We look forward to welcoming students who are seeking a rigorous, inclusive and stimulating theological education. Huron has a proud 155-year history of developing extraordinary leaders who have the ability to inspire others to find their way - even amidst an increasingly complex world.
    The Rev. Canon Todd Townshend, ThD
    Dean, Theology
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  • My goal in teaching is to help people understand the New Testament and the origins of Christianity in ways that are both historically sensitive (so, not anachronistically) and culturally engaged (so, not ethnocentrically).
    Daniel A. Smith, PhD
    Clark and Mary Wright Professor of New Testament Theology
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  • My teaching aim is to introduce, broaden, and enrich students' knowledge of Christian liturgical studies. Liturgy encompasses many different disciplines in addition to engaging students in both academic research and pastoral application.
    The Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller, PhD
    Huron-Lawson Chair of Pastoral Theology
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Master of Arts (Theology) Careers

You love to learn and you're prepared to tackle challenging subject matter because you recognize the importance of continuously sharpening your knowledge, as well as your capacity for critical and creative thought. The best part about this is your future employers are going to sincerely appreciate these qualities, and you'll find the skills you enhance through this program of study will help you stand out in any modern workplace. 

Learn where your Master of Arts (Theology) will take you and feel excited to follow in the paths of wise theologians and vibrant social change agents.

Where will a Master of Arts (Theology) take you?
  • Theologian
  • Lawyer
  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Community advocate
  • Priest
  • Professor
  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Social worker
  • Clergy member
  • Lobbyist
  • Journalist
  • Counselor
  • Non-profit specialist
  • Teacher

Key Contacts

Sandra Rice

Assistant to the Dean of Theology
519.438.7224 ext. 289

Stephen McClatchie, PhD

Professor, Theology
519.438.7224 ext.208

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