Wycliffe offers students the possibility to earn two degrees in one combined degree program in four years rather than five, or complete part-time over a longer period. A total of 40 credits is required to complete both programs. The MDiv portion of the program still has a full time residency component of three consecutive terms.
Archbishop Johnson in the Diocese of Toronto writes:
"Historically we have equipped our clergy to be "generalists", adept in a variety of ministry skills with the broadest possible constituency in mind. They were theoretically to be interchangeable, regardless of context. The contexts were often surprisingly homogeneous! Now, however, we have begun to recognize the value of engaging theology students with a view toward contextual ministry. This new emphasis nurtures the charism of the individual and prepares people to minister most effectively to and with the community into which God has placed them. I highly commend the M.Div/MTS (Development) program at Wycliffe College, which equips future leaders with the skills and critical thinking necessary in our increasingly complex urban and international world."
Students can apply to enter the combined degree at the outset of their admission, or can simply continue with study for the extra degree having graduated from the other. On the one hand, the new dual degree is designed to appeal to final year students in the M.Div. program and those who have already graduated. The attraction of taking the one-year development program is that they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake a community based assessment, have exposure to urban and international development theories and practices, engage issues of social justice, and understand the theology of development and cross-cultural mission. On the other hand, the dual degree will appeal to graduates of the MTS (Development) who wish to obtain the M.Div. degree through additional study.
Students who have already graduated with an MDiv can register in the MTSD program and bring in ten credits from the MDiv, leaving a further ten credits to be completed to complete the MTSD program.
The joint program is designed to prepare individuals for positions of leadership and service in the agencies of the church and the wider community. It equips graduates for various forms of ministry and service in which skills in development and theology are critical.
The M.Div./MTS (Development) is offered and administered only through Wycliffe College. Both degrees are conferred conjointly with the University of Toronto.
There are 8 courses common to both programs as follows:
·Introduction to Missional Theology (WYT 1106)
·Introduction to Old Testament I (WYB 1008)
·Introduction to Old Testament II(WYB 1009)
·From the Gospel to the Gospels - New Testament I(WYB 1501)
·Who is Jesus? - New Testament II (WYB 2660)
·Systematic Theology I (WYT 1101)
·Systematic Theology II (WYT 2101)
·Internship/Placement (WYF 3020/TSX 3341)
To complete the MTS Development Program, M.Div. graduates will take 10 courses of which the following 4 are required:
· Poverty, Development and Transformation I (WYP 1615)
· Poverty, Development and Transformation II (WYP 1616)
·April 1-week intensive
·April/May 1-week intensive
Courses currently available for the intensives include:
·Urban Poverty and Development
·Theology of Development
A selection of others will be added over time.
Electives (6 credits) (at least one must be related to Development)
Some possible electives include the following:
·Community Based Assessment (highly recommended)
·Urban Development and Ministry
·Ethics of Wealth and Poverty
·Gospel, Church, and Culture
·Christ Among the Religions
·History of Missions and Development
Electives with a development focus may also be selected from:
·OISE courses (e.g. Community Development)
·Munk School of Global Affairs
Experiential Learning Module (ELM)
·Students would do a 4-month placement (May-August) with an organization/agency
·The second year summer placement for M.Div. students can count for this module. If so, students should plan to give it a development focus.
·They would write either an Experiential Learning Paper or (for those intending doctoral studies) an Extended Research Paper.
·The Extended Learning Module is worth two credits, the Extended Learning Paper one credit, and the Extended Research Paper two credits.