As an academic discipline, Theological Studies arises out of and contributes to the critical self‐understanding of a faith tradition in relation to its sacred texts, histories, structures of thought, patterns of communal life, professional practice, social location and public involvement. MA students engage issues of research and scholarly method at an advanced level in a cohort setting, and then pursue individualized programs organized around their research interest and “area of study,” often in conjunction with a cognate area. The area of study is understood as the tradition(s) of scholarly discourse which support or limit students’ exploration of their research interest. The program, which is designed so that it can be completed in one year, comprises a set of courses (core and elective) with the option of a Master’s Research Paper. The substantive purpose of the program is to provide students with the analytical skills, methodological rigour, and knowledge base that will enable them to carry out innovative research at the leading edges of their areas of specialization. In practical terms, the primary purpose of the program is to give graduates the preparation they will need for success in doctoral studies, or the academic enrichment that they seek for their professional vocation or career. The program distinguishes itself by its attention to methodological rigour within an interdisciplinary framework and by the unique ecumenical context provided by the Toronto School of Theology.