Awarded conjointly by Regis College and the University of Toronto

The Master of Theological Studies Program (Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream) is a first degree in theology that complements previous professional or academic training. Open to students from diverse backgrounds, these studies take place in an ecumenical context that is infused by Ignatian spirituality, in preparing students to respond insightfully and creatively to the needs of the world with generosity and discernment. Students may select one of two focuses.

Goals

  • Receive focused academic content in the area of theology, spirituality and the arts within the existing learning objectives and structure of the MTS;
  • Explore the range of ways that the arts and arts related vocations intersect with theological understanding;
  • Build relationships with artists, art experts, academics, therapists, and the public and private cultural institutions of Toronto and beyond;
  • Use interdisciplinary methodologies from theology, aesthetics theory, art history, pastoral theology, liturgy and material culture studies, and other related disciplines.

 

 

Program Outline & Requirements

 

The MTS – Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts Stream is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and interpret the theological dimension of the arts and culture.

 

All courses for full-time and part-time students, including any variation from the norm, require the approval of each college’s Basic Degree Director and an advisor for the Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts stream.

 

Please see the “Program Outline & Course Details” tab below for approved courses available in each area from TST member colleges.

Program Outline & Course Details

Biblical: 3 Units

  • RGB1005H Introduction to Old Testament
  • RGB1501H Introduction to New Testament
  • One Elective from the list linked below

 

Historical: 2 Units

  • Introduction: Early Church History
  • One Elective from the list linked below

 

 

 

Theological: 4 Units

  • RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
  • Three Electives: One taken at the 3000 level and two others from the list linked below

 

 

Moral Theology: 2 Units

  • RGT1905H Introduction to Theological Ethics and Moral Theology
  • One Elective from the list linked below

 

Pastoral: 4 Units

  • RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission & Ministry
  • Three Electives: One taken at the 3000 level & Two Other Electives from the list linked below

 

Required Introductory Course for the Stream in Theology, Spirituality and the Arts: 3 Units

 

RGT1120H Theology, Spirituality and the Arts

Closure: RGT3790Y MTS Synthesis Paper: 2 Units

 

Topic focus will be governed by consideration of the interrelation of theology, spirituality and the arts.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Fulfill minimum requirements for all basic programs.
  • Two referee evaluation forms.
  • A self-evaluation form.
  • An admission interview.

First Studies Focus

Seminar 

 

A 18-hour seminar in academic skills entitled “Introduction to Philosophical Studies” given over the course of 6 days in late August.

Religious Heritage: 8 Units

 

  • RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission and Ministry
  • RGT1101H Foundations of Theology
  • RGB1005H Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RGB1501H Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction: Early Church History
  • Three Electives:  In Theology, Contextual Theology or Biblical Languages

Cultural Context: 10 Units

 

The precise courses that fulfill the philosophy distribution requirements will be determined each year by the program director/academic advisor.

4 units in the history of philosophy; one from each of the different historical periods:

 

  • Ancient
  • Medieval
  • Early Modern
  • Contemporary

4 units in different philosophical disciplines:

 

  • Philosophy of God
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics

2 units of electives in Philosophy

Social and Natural Sciences, Humanities, or a Second Language: 10 Units

 

With the approval of the program director, courses may be completed on an undergraduate level.

Summative Exercise: 2 Units

 

  • A final integrative seminar in which the student prepares a 30-page paper, which will be defended orally in the first week of June.

Graduation Requirements

  • A passing grade of B- or better in each of 20 course units, including a pass in the synthesis paper.
  • An overall course average of B-.