Master of Theological Studies in Development
Putting your Faith and Skills to Work in God's World.
The Master of Theological Studies in Development equips Christian leaders with the passion and skills to serve God’s people, in international or in urban development. The program:
Offers both academic and experiential training (includes urban and overseas experience).
Connects you to the many people and organizations responding to global poverty and injustice.
Builds on your background in the humanities, business, sciences and technology or other disciplines for work in development.
Provides a solid theological education and Christian world-view that honours and empowers others.
As with the regular M.T.S., this program can be used to qualify for doctoral study in the Toronto School of Theology for candidates who achieve an "A" average and develop an academic focus with thesis during their program. Students who are using the M.T.S. as preparation for doctoral studies or other advanced degree work should plan their program with a view to specialization in their chosen area.
The Master of Theological Studies can be taken entirely on a part-time basis over the course of eight years. The degree is awarded conjointly with the University of Toronto.
Students in the program are expected to do an experiential learning module of 4-7 months at the end of the first year of studies. It is worth 2 credits.
The experiential learning module can be with any of the organizations that we have partnered with for the purpose. Check out the information provided by these organizations below. For each you will find information on the type of experiential opportunities offered, their location and number, desirable skills, insurance, training, costs, volunteer information, and contact details.
The range of experiential learning opportunities are both local, national, and international. They cover the areas of homelessness, poverty, children’s sports ministry, translation, environment, relief, development and advocacy, restorative justice, literacy, technology, education, refugees, interfaith, water resource provision, youth, seniors, human trafficking, child sponsorship, ethical giving, and food banks. You can also do your experiential learning module with a government agency through CIDA, but we ask that you inform us of this.
If there is an organization you would like to do your experiential learning module with that is not listed below, please let the coordinator, Dr. Thomas Power (firstname.lastname@example.org), know and he will investigate the possibility.
All students doing their experiential learning module overseas must do the workshop offered by the Safety Abroad Office of the University of Toronto. See here for workshop dates.
Following the taking of the workshop you need to make an appointment with the Assistant Registrar, 416-946-3525, email@example.com, so that all relevant travel information is recorded in the Safety Abroad database.
The book by Ruth Stark, How to Work in Someone Else's Country (Cost about $15.20) available at CRUX Bookstore is a useful resource.
Through their course work, volunteer experiences, and experiential learning seminars students will get to meet and work with development professionals from many different sectors. These experiences and opportunities will help the student discern their future goals in terms of pursuing a career in development or missions.
All students register for an Experiential Learning Module (2 credits) with an organization or agency (as listed above). Then, depending on whether you wish to proceed to doctoral work or not, you choose one of the following options to register for your written component:
1.Experiential Learning Paper (1 credit)
2. Extended Research Paper (2 credit)
This option is intended for those students who wish to proceed to doctoral work. In such cases it is required that students use one of their electives to do a longer paper.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are the program's admission requirements?
A: An undergraduate degree with at least a 70% average is the usual program admission requirement.
Q: How long will it take me to finish the program?
A: The 20 credits can be taken full-time (5 courses/semester) over a 20 month period OR, on a part-time basis (1-3 courses/semester) over an eight year period.
Q: How much will the program cost?
A: A full discussion of tuition fees and financial aid is available on the Wycliffe College website. Click Here.
Q: Why should I choose Wycliffe College?
A: Wycliffe College is a world class theological college located at the heart of a great university in the centre of the world’s most multicultural city. The city offers interesting places to live and experience cultural diversity. The city is also home to many Canadian development organizations, so we have great opportunities for networking with organizations who will provide students with training opportunities and potentially jobs.
Q: Why should I choose to do an M.T.S. in development at Wycliffe College?
A: The Master of Theological Studies in Development will give you the spiritual, academic and practical skills to serve in international or urban development. You will find out how your skills and interests can be used and developed to serve God in the world. You will be prepared to work, lead and manage various types of development programs and projects. This degree program is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in North America and is conjointly conferred by Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto. Wycliffe’s M.T.S. in Development builds on the success of our existing M.T.S. program and reflects Wycliffe College’s long standing interest in training students to serve God in the church and the world. You will learn to think about and practice development with a Christian world view.
Q: Where can I live?
A: You may choose to live on campus or in one of Toronto’s many culturally diverse communities. You may choose to get involved in a multi-cultural church and live and serve in an area of the city where people speak the language you may use while serving abroad.
Q: Who will help me chose an organization to work with which will value the skills and training that I already have?
A: In your first semester a program advisor will help you choose the organization(s) that you will work with for the experiential component of this program.
Q: What can I do when I am done?
A: You can work in Christian or secular development, or with a missions organization.
Q: Can I do doctoral studies in Development at Wycliffe College?
A: Yes you can. To do so you must have completed the Experiential Learning Module and use one of your elective courses to do an extended research paper.
Q: What if I feel called to a vocational ministry in urban or international development?
A: You can do both an MDiv and MTS in four years by receiving one year’s advanced standing towards the second degree. You could then bring a vision of God's work in the world to your work in the church or be engaged in development enterprise creation to help a community or church financially.
If you feel that you want to use the training and skills that you have to serve God in the world, then this program might be for you. We look forward to having you join our community of learning, service, ministry, and prayer, as you feel God’s call to do so!
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