The Master of Theology degree is designed for those who have already completed a Masters degree (normally a Master of Divinity degree) with a significant number of hours in biblical studies, theology, history of Christianity and/or religious studies.
The program is ideal for those whose sense of vocation includes teaching and scholarship, for those planning to go on to doctoral studies, and for those interested in acquiring advanced training and knowledge in a specialized area to enhance church-based ministries or to enrich a teaching role.
Great Preparation for future academic pursuits (PhD)
Access to TWU campus and library services – one of the greatest collections in Canada for a Masters program
Home to the Septuagint Institute – the only one of its kind in North America
Financial Aid and Grants Available
Graduates are prepared to make a difference leading in the following settings:
Research and Doctoral Studies
Church-based teaching ministries
Specializations are available in the following areas:
Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Septuagint Studies (Greek Old Testament)
The MTS program at ACTS encourages rich conversation and study about the work of God. It not only challenged me, but also helped me to construct critical and careful thinking skills. The MTS program has proven invaluable for my continued academic and professional pursuits.
– Ashley John Moyse,
PhD Graduate from University of Newcastle, Australia
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, and a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution. Other graduate degrees that offer an equivalent background in theological studies will also be considered. Equivalent background in theological studies means having at least 42 semester hours in a combination of biblical studies, theology, history of Christianity and/or religious studies. A minimum of 12 hours (excluding language courses) should correspond to the intended area of specialization. Depending on the selection of courses that students have taken in previous graduate studies, they may be exempted from some subject requirements.
- Language requirements: A minimum of six credit hours of an ancient language such as Hebrew, Greek, or Latin, OR a modern language such as German, French, or Spanish is a prerequisite for admission into the program. Several specializations require more: for example, students planning to pursue the OT specialization will need to have 9 semester hours of Hebrew; those interested in the NT specialization will need 9 semester hours of Greek, and those interested in the Septuagint specialization will need 12 credit hours (6 hours of Greek and 6 hours of Hebrew). A reading knowledge of a language other than English may be required depending on the thesis subject.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Evidence of Christian conversion and a biblically-consistent lifestyle.
- Students for whom English is a second language must attain a TOEFL score of 100 iBT (internet Based Test), with a minimum score of 23 in each category of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.
- Students who meet the general admission requirements to the MTH but lack specific prerequisites may be granted provisional admission into the program, on the condition that outstanding prerequisites first be completed and that a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA be maintained. In such cases the program committee will closely monitor student progress. Any deficiencies must be addressed before the thesis process can be initiated.
- To receive Master of Theology degree students will complete 30 semester hours of graduate courses as prescribed for the program, including the thesis, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. A minimum of 24 hours must be completed at ACTS.
- Completion of research requirements, which include presentation of a satisfactory thesis that is no more than 32,000 words in length, that shows adequate research, balance and literary style, and that conforms to the format prescribed by the faculty; and successful passing of an oral examination based upon the thesis.
- Students will normally have five years from point of initial admission within which to complete the degree.
- Students will also give evidence of consistent Christian character, conduct, and biblical faith and must be recommended accordingly by the faculty.