Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS)
The Master of Pastoral Studies program prepares students for competent leadership in specialized ministries including pastoral care ministries. The MPS is a professional and terminal degree, which means it does not directly lead towards doctoral studies.
Three streams are available:
- Social Service Stream
- Worship and Preaching Stream
- Spiritual Care Stream - Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (see below)
Member Colleges: The MPS program is offered by Emmanuel College and Knox College.
Length: Minimum two years (20 courses); can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Combined Degrees - MDiv / MPS: It is possible to earn two basic degrees in a combined degree program with some credits being counted for both degrees. The combined MDiv / MPS program is administered by Emmanuel College and can be completed in four years.
How to Apply: Applications are made directly to either Emmanuel College or Knox College. For a combined MDiv / MPS degree, apply directly to Emmanuel College.
More Information: For details about the program and the admission process, please contact the Emmanuel College Admissions Counsellor, firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Knox College Admissions Counsellor, email@example.com.
MPS Learning Outcomes
Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy (SCP)
This conjoint certificate, offered by Emmanuel College and Knox College as part of the Master of Pastoral Studies program, is designed to enable students to apply for membership in professional organizations, typically for vocations as spiritual care therapists in hospitals, correctional institutions, churches, family therapy practices, private practices, counselling services, palliative care hospices, schools, developmental disability facilities, or the military.
Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply for the SCP Certificate you must be registered in the Master of Pastoral Studies, Spiritual Care Stream at Emmanuel College, or the Master of Pastoral Studies, spiritual care focus at Knox College AND have successfully completed a minimum of five credits in the MPS program (excluding transfer credits). Students are strongly encouraged to apply to be admitted to the SCP Certificate in their first year of study. Students who have completed the required credits for the MPS are not eligible to be admitted to the certificate.
Seats in the certificate program are limited and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
How to Apply: Applications for the SCP Certificate program are submitted directly to TST through an online application process, which is open each year, February - April, for admission to the following Fall semester.
More Information and Online Application Form
MPS SCP Certificate Handbook