Overview of Program
The purpose of the Master of Divinity (Honours) degree is to give an enhanced preparation to students who are considering doctoral study and a teaching career in one of the areas of VST’s program of theology, but who also want the full scope of preparation offered by the M.Div degree. The M.Div (Honours) program will also provide the church with pastors and other leaders who have highly developed skills in specific areas of ministry, theology, spirituality, history, or bible.
Length of Program
The M.Div (Honours) degree program adds an additional 15 credit hours to the regular M.Div program for a total of 105 credit hours. Students entering this program should plan carefully in advance and should be aware that, in some cases, it may not be possible to complete the program in three years of study.
Admissions to the M.Div (Honours)
Students will ordinarily apply to enter this program once they have completed all Core Courses. Application will be made to the Chair of the Public and Pastoral Leadership Committee and will include the student’s previous record and VST transcript to date. A Statement of Intent indicating the student’s proposed area of study, and one Reference Letter from a VST faculty member is also required for application to the M.Div (Honours).
Requirements for Master of Divinity (Honours) Degree
• All requirements for the M.Div program
• Three additional elective courses (9 credit hours) in the area or areas of concentration. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
• HON680: this 3-credit hour directed study reading course will provide the preparation and readings necessary for the writing of the major paper. Readings will be done in the area in which a student is concentrating. The Readings Course is typically supervised by the faculty advisor for the Honours Major Paper and the student will typically register for their readings course in the Fall term of their final year of study
• HON699: A major research paper, for which a student is give 3 credit-hours, is the final evaluation for the Honours M.Div degree program. A student will typically register for their major paper in the Spring term of their final year of study
Major Paper Guidelines
The major paper will be approximately 12,500 words (50 pages) in length and will have two readers, the primary faculty person working with the student on their readings course, and a second to be chosen by the primary faculty person in consultation with Research Degrees Committee.
The major paper is due by the 10th week of the final term of studies, and must be approved by both readers. Any revisions required must be submitted by the last day of term prior to graduation.
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