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Master of Divinity

The seminary and theology school at Huron is proud to welcome you into our midst. Whether you are seeking personal development, ministry skills for ordination, or an opportunity to engage in critical study and research, the faculty and staff will accommodate your need. 

Our programs are continually monitored, evaluated and improved so that we can offer you the very best in education and formation.  Students at Huron begin their studies with a wide variety of experiences. What all members of the community have in common is the desire to know God more deeply, to serve others, to grow intellectually and mature spiritually. You would be welcomed into our community of prayer and study with the hope that, in a very short time, you might call us home.

Alumni Stories

We are proud of our Master of Divinity graduates who are dedicating their lives to supporting the spiritual journeys of community members around the world. This program may prepare students for Christian ministry, but that doesn't mean our graduates are only prepared to Lead with Heart in this capacity. We welcome students from every denomination and interest area, so our graduates move on to create positive change in a variety of communities and across a diverse array of sectors.

Learn more about how our alumni have found success by pursuing their passion for divine knowledge.

  • 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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  • 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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Program Options

Each student in the MDiv must complete an approved Transcultural Learning Experience (TLE) at any point during the MDiv program.  The TLE may accompany a course from Area VI, Comparative and Contextual Studies, or may take the form of an independent study in Field Education, or may take place during the summer term.  The Experiences have been worldwide, and the College has funding available to defray the costs of the student’s travel and accommodation, where this is necessary.

The primary purpose of the Experience is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop a wider framework from which to see their identity, community, and context so that they may develop a deeper understanding of ministry. In order for the TLE project to be approved and assessed, each student must submit a written proposal and self-evaluation to the Director of Field Education, in consultation with the Dean, if necessary. In both documents, a set of articulated learning objectives for the TLE will be cited that will fulfil the following criteria, stated here as prospective goals:

  1. Does the proposed TLE provide the student with access to the lived experience of the community visited? Does it express ways in which the student will live among (or close to) members of the community, share meals, participate in worship or other communal practices? 
  2. Does the proposed TLE enable the student to learn about different expressions of faith, community, and worship? 
  3. Does the proposed TLE demonstrate awareness of how the experience should shape the participating student’s own context and sense of self? 
  4. Does the proposed TLE convey a sense of how it will affect the student’s understanding of ministry?

Professors

Meet the leaders who will help develop your knowledge, character and skills so you are well-prepared to carve out a unique path in our modern, and often confusing and complex, world. Huron's Theology professors are dedicated to creating challenging, inclusive and vibrant learning environments. Whether you are attending lecture, pursuing a research project or engaging with community partners, your professors will be there to guide you toward leaving a legacy of Leadership with Heart - wherever you go. 

  • 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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The Quick Facts

  • The MDiv is a three-year, post-baccalaureate, professional undergraduate degree preparing women and men for ordination 
  • Taken full- or part-time; however, the maximum duration of the degree is six years  
  • The degree is granted by Western University and recognized by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada for the training of ordinands; however, we are pleased to welcome students from a variety of denominations

 

What will I gain?
  • Knowledge of the Bible and its interpretation using contemporary methods of criticism  
  • Understanding of Christian doctrines and the historical, methodological and philosophical approaches to the study of theology  
  • Skills in ministerial leadership:  preaching, pastoral care, personal and public prayer, worship planning, and management and administration  
  • Ability to provide diverse forms of public leadership and service  
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness for living in an ecumenical and multi-faith context  
Admission Requirements

You may apply to the MDiv if you hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university. A limited number of competitive, discretionary admissions may be available for those without a bachelor's degree (contact the Faculty for details).  Occasional January part-time admission is possible.  (Contact the Faculty for information.)  
  
Deadline for application is May 30 for September entry (enquire at the Faculty if that date has passed).  

Taking Courses Only (Not the Degree), Letter of Permission, and Special Student: 

You may take courses without being in a degree stream in the following ways when you already hold a university degree:  

  • Special Students already hold a university degree & wish to take individual course(s), for audit or credit, without being in a degree program.  
  • Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.  

Deadline for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:   August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office (519-438-7224, ext. 289) directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).  


Non-Registered Students:  

If you do not already hold a Bachelor's degree, you can contact the Faculty of Theology office regarding the possibility of sitting in on courses in the Faculty.  You will not be an official Western/Huron student, no records will be kept, and audit fees will be charged.  

General degree Requirements: 

Completed the following 30 half-courses over three years (full-time or art-time equivalent.) Normal full-time enrolment is 5 half-courses per term, 10 half-courses per year.  The total program of study for the MDiv shall not extend beyond 6 years.  
 
Area I: Biblical Studies--Old Testament, New Testament, and related studies 

  • Biblical Studies 5110a/b, 5116a/b, and 5120a/b* (Before Sept. 2015: BS 5112a/b*)
  • One of Hebrew 5040a/b or Greek 5103a/b 
  • One half course in New Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies
  • One half-course in Old Testament from Area I, Biblical Studies (*Before Sept. 2015: BS 5114a/b) 
  • One half-course from Area I, Biblical Studies, including Greek, or Hebrew

Area II: Theological Studies--Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics 

  • Systematic Theology 5103a and Theological Ethics 5203a
  • Three further half-course from Area II, Theological Studies 

Area III: Historical Studies--Studies in Church History, History of Christian Thought, and other historical studies of Christianity, the Christian tradition 

  • Church History 5104a/b and 5106a/b
  • One further half-course from Area III, Historical Studies

Area IV: Public Leadership and Ministry Studies
Studies in the work of the church, in particular conducting liturgy and preaching, and of the various forms of ministry, pastoral care and public leadership

  • Homiletics 5204a/b and Homiletics 5305a
  • Liturgics 5204a/b and 1 other Liturgics course (Candidates for ordination in Anglican Church of Canada take Liturgics 5301a/b) 
  • Religious Education 5203a/b
  • Pastoral Theology 5230a/b

Area V: Contextual and Formational Studies--Field Education and Community-Based Learning conducted alongside theological reflection on parochial, social, educational, or clinical ministries 

  • Field Education 5110a
  • Field Education 5211a and 5212b; or two of Field Education 5222a/b, 5230a/b, 5232a/b

Area VI: Comparative and Cultural Studies--Ecumenical, Interfaith and cross-cultural studies in religion, philosophy, the arts, sociology, and anthropology 

  • 2 half-courses from Area VI, Comparative & Contextual Studies 

General Program Electives: 

  • 4 elective half-courses from any of the 6 areas above.

Transcultural Learning Experience

Each student in the MDiv must complete an approved Transcultural Learning Experience (TLE) at any point during the MDiv program.  The TLE may accompany a course from Area VI, Comparative and Contextual Studies, or may take the form of an independent study in Field Education , or may take place during the summer term.  The Experiences have been worldwide, and Huron has funding available to defray the costs of the student's travel and accommodation, where this is necessary.

The primary purpose of the Experience is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop a wider framework from which to see their identity, community, and context so that they may develop a deeper understanding of ministry.  In order for the TLE project to be approved and assessed, each student must submit a written proposal and self-evaluation to the Director of Field Education, in consultation with the Dean, if necessary.  In both documents, a set of articulated learning objectives for the TLE will be cited that with fulfil the following criteria, stated here as prospective goals:

1. Does the proposed TLE provide the student with access to the lived experiences of the community visited? Does it express ways in which the student will live among (or close to) members of the community, share meals, participate in worship or other communal practices? 

2. Does the proposed TLE enable the student to learn about different expressions of faith, community, and worship? 

3. Does the proposed TLE demonstrate awareness of how the experience should shape the participating student's own context and sense of self? 

4. Does the proposed TLE convey a sense of how it will affect the student's understanding of ministry?



 

How do I apply?

MDiv Application Package (see Application Steps below for instructions)  
  
Special Student/Letter of Permission Student application  (see Taking Courses without Degree, below, for instructions)  

MDiv Application Steps : 

  1. Download the MDiv application form and complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.  
  2. Print the MDiv reference letter forms from (1).  Fill in your name and send to your referees.  
  3. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to the Faculty of Theology at Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).  
  4. Complete and send your auto-biographical religious statement, as described on the MDiv application form.  
  5. Once your file is complete, we will arrange for a convenient admissions interview with the Admissions Committee.  (Other arrangements will be made for applicants some distance from London.)  

Due Date for Applications for the MDiv degree:    

May 31 of each year. (Call the Faculty of Theology office directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).    
  

International students are advised to apply well in advance in order to give themselves extra time to apply for a student visa.  


Special Student or Letter of Permission Application Steps:

  • Special Students already hold a university degree & wish to take course(s) for credit, without being in a degree program.  Those wishing to audit require permission of the Dean and instructor.  
  • Letter of Permission students are visiting students from another university.  
  1. Download the MDiv application form.  Complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.
  2. Arrange for an original academic transcript of your previous university degree to be sent to Huron (if a UWO degree, this may not be necessary).  
  3. Visiting/Letter of Permission students arrange to have a Letter of Permission from their university sent to the Faculty of Theology  

Due Date for Applications for Special Student or Letter of Permission status:  

August 1 for September starts and December 1 for January starts (Call the Faculty of Theology office (519-438-7224, ext. 289) directly if this deadline has passed, for further information).  
 

Non-Registered Student Application Steps:

  1. Contact the Faculty of Theology office regarding possibility of sitting in on courses without previously holding a bachelor's degree.
  2. Before attending classes you must get permission of instructor, then Dean to audit courses in this way.
  3. Download the application form here (pdf).  Complete and send to the Faculty of Theology.
     

Auditing Courses

Regardless of method of application, those wishing to audit a course (sit in on course without assignments, tests, marks), must receive permission of both the instructor and the Dean of Theology before attending the class.

MDiv Course Timetable, 2018-19

2018-19 MDiv/MTS Fall/Winter Course Timetable

Room #s available at student.uwo.ca under "your Weekly Schedule"

"a" and "f" courses are in first (fall) term;  "b" and "g" in second (winter)

"Calendar/catalogue description is found by clicking "Course #."
Interested in taking a course below, without being in MDiv or MTS degree stream?
Contact the Faculty of Theology, srice@uwo.ca.

Course
Course #
Course
Outline
Description
Day
Start
End
Instructor
Arabic 1070a 2018-19 Quranic Arabic for beginners (avail to MDiv/MTS too) Th 3:30 6:20 Kharrat, Y
Arabic  5260b 2018-19 Readings for the Qur'an.  
MTS/MDiv students should register for this number;
bachelor's students register for Arabic 3260b
Th 3:30 6:20 Kharrat, Y
Bib Studies 5110a 2018-19 Intro to Bible as Scripture Tu 11:30 2:20 tba
Bib  Studies 5120b 2018-19 Intro to the Hebrew Bible

W

F

9:30

9:30

10:20

11:20

Lemos, T.
Bib Studies  5116b 2018-19 New Testament Writings Tu 11:30 2:20 tba
Bib Studies 5205b 2018-19 Major Pauline Epistles F 11:30 2:20 tba
Church Hist 5104a 2018-19 Early Church to Late Middle Ages Th 9:30 12:30 McClatchie, S.
Church Hist 5106b 2018-19 Late Mid Ages to Modern Period Th 9:30 12:20 McClatchie, S.
Church Hist 5111b 2018-19 Christian-Muslim Relations M 14:30 17:20 Mattson, I
Church Hist 5223a 2018-19 Christian Tradition in Canada 8:30 11:20 Acres, W.
Church Hist 5350a 2018-19 Eastern & Orthodox Church History M 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L.
Church Music 5223b 2018-19 Liturgical Music (if you have dif signing up for this course, just email srice@uwo.ca)

Tu

Th

12:30

12:30

2:20

1:20

Lupton, W. & McClatchie, S.
Field Educ 5110a 2018-19 Intro to Ministry M 9:30 12:20 Smith, G & Silcox, JA
Field Educ  5211a 2018-19 Parish/Community Practicum Tu 9:30 11:20 Smith, G
Field Educ 5212b 2018-19 Parish/Community Practicum Tu 9:30 11:20 Smith, G.
Field Educ 5313b 2018-19 3rd-yr Placement I.S.       contact G. Smith
Greek 5103a 2018-19 Intro to Greek Grammar

Tu

F

4:30

1:30

6:20

3:20

tba
Greek 5104b 2018-19 Con't of Grk Grammar and NT Readings TU/F 2:30 4:20 tba
Hebrew 5040a 2018-19 Intro to Biblical Hebrew

TU

F

2:30

11:30

4:20

1:20

tba
Hebrew 5041b 2018-19 Intro to Bib Hebrew, part 2

Tu/F

2:30 4:20 tba
Homiletics 5204a 2018-19 Theol & Practice Preaching M 9:30 12:20 Townshend, T
Homiletics 5305b 2018-19 Continuation of Homiletics F 9:30 12:20 Crittenden, J.
Liturgics 5204a 2018-19 Liturgical Theology Th 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L
Liturgics  5301b 2018-19 Liturgical Leadership W 2:30 5:20 Larson-Miller, L
Liturgics 5302b 2018-19 Christian Initiation
(New!  see description below timetable
Tu 6:30 9:20 Larson-Miller, L.
Past Theol 5213b 2018-19 Integrative Seminar (MTS only) Registered students should contract instructor to arrange convenient class time       Marks, D.
Past Theol 5230a 2018-19 Congregational Develop & Leadership Tu 2:30 5:20 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5231a 2018-19 Pastoral Care & Counselling Tu 5:30 8:20 Morrison, B.
Past Theol 5313a/b 2018-19 MDiv Integration & Formation Seminar (see G. Smith for details)       Smith, G.
Past Theol 5333b 2018-19 Grief, Crisis & Pastoral Care Tu 5:30 8:20 Morrison, B.
Rel Educ 5203b 2018-19 Intro to Christian Education Tu  2:30 5:20 Morrison, B.
Rel Stud 2130 2018-19 Living Religions of the World (avail to Master's students if instructor agrees.  = 2 half courses) Th 6:30 9:30 Acres, W.
Rel Stud 2297a 2018-19 Faith in Sound, Stone & Paint (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree if instructor agrees)

W

F

9:30

9:30

11:20

10:20

McClatchie, S.
Rel Stud 2300a 2018-19 Religion & Psychoanalysis W 6:30 9:20 tba
Rel Stud  3030g 2018-19 Angry God:  The Bible & War (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree, if instructor agrees) Tu 2:30 5:20 Lemos, T.
Rel Stud 3333f 2018-19 Theology, Science & Society (MDiv/MTS make take toward degree if instruct agrees)

M

W

2:30

3:30

3:20

5:20

Marks, D
Rel Stud 3450g 2018-19 Judaism & the Holocaust (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree, if instructor agrees) W 3:30 6:20 Marks, D.
Rel Stud 5134a 2018-19 Freedom of Religion and Accommodation in Canada Th 6:30 9:20 tba
Rel Stud 5202b 2018-19 Spirituality of Muslim Women

Tu

Th

2:30

2:30

4:20

3:20

Mattson, I.
SPE 5101a/b 2018-19 Supervised Pastoral Educ (for those who want credit along with CPE unit) see Faculty of Theol office for details        
Syst Theol 5103a 2018-19 Intro to Systematic Theology

M

W

3:30

2:30

5:20

3:20

Badcock, G.
Syst Theol 5222b 2018-19 Theology of Karl Barth

M

W

10:30

9:30

11:20

11:20

Badcock, G.

Syst Theol

5226b 2018-19 Christian Theol in the 20th Century

M

Th

3:30

2:30

5:20

3:20

Badcock, G.
Theol Ethics 5203b 2018-19 Theological Ethics  Th 2:30 5:20 Gruning, H.
Theological Studies 3333f 2018-19 Theology, Science & Society (MDiv/MTS may take toward degree with instructor perm.)

M

W

2:30

3:30

3:20

5:20

Marks, D.

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Master of Divinity Careers

Through our Master of Divinity program, you will develop superior oration skills, theological knowledge and the character necessary to motivate people towards a higher purpose or greater goal. This program is designed to support students' pursuit of becoming a religious leader, however, many of our graduates have chosen to use the attributes developed during their time at Huron to follow career paths in a wide variety of other sectors. 

Wherever you want to go, trust you'll be better prepared to get there with the abilities you develop in this intensive learning environment. From an enriched understanding of cultural differences through to confidence as a public speaker, prepare to become a formidable leader in a world that could benefit from purveyors of positive values, hope and empathy.

What will a Master of Divinity take you?
  • Minister
  • Executive director
  • Clergy
  • Senior or youth pastor
  • Inspirational speaker
  • Chaplain
  • Counselor 
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Program director
  • Writer
  • Social worker
  • Theologian
  • Professor
  • Family advocate
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Key Contacts

Sandra Rice

Assistant to the Dean of Theology
519.438.7224 ext. 289
sricehuron.uwo.ca
A120

Todd Townsend, ThD

Dean, Faculty of Theology
519.438.7224 ext. 289
ttownshehuron.uwo.ca
A118

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