Master of Arts Spiritual Disciplines & Ministry Practices


The Master of Sacred Theology and Master of Arts in Spiritual Disciplines & Ministry Practices programs are currently under review. Until further notice, applications for admission to these programs are suspended.

Application to the Master of Arts Spiritual Disciplines & Ministry Practices [PDF]

Admission Requirements
Applicants should hold a recognized Bachelor of Arts degree in a subject closely related to Theology, such as Religious Studies, Classics, Philosophy, English or History. This implies that about two-thirds of all undergraduate courses should have been devoted to cognate subjects.

The applicant must present evidence of academic achievement: a minimum standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3 out of a possible 4.0 or a CGPA of 3.25/4.0 for the last two full-time academic years. Admission to the program rests with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, upon the
recommendation of The United Centre for Theological Studies.  Admission decisions are not subject to appeal or reconsideration.

In cases where students hold bachelor’s degrees and show academic promise for graduate study in Theology, but do not have sufficient background in a cognate discipline, they may be advised (on a case-by-case basis) to take a qualifying semester or year in order to prepare them for graduate work in
Theology. The courses taken during the qualifying period will not be counted toward their Master of Arts Program.  Examples of such courses include “Introduction to Theological Writing” or requisite language courses, depending on their area of specialization.

Upon satisfactory completion of the qualifying courses, students may re-apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for admission.

Application Process
Academic records, two letters of reference from former professors, and a personal statement of intent will be used to determine suitability of an applicant for admission into Graduate Studies. Any student who qualifies is welcome to enter the program regardless of religious affiliation or faith stance.
Upon acceptance into the MA programs, students must consult with the Director of Studies or their faculty advisor to plan their course of study.

Proof of English Language Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they are proficient in the use of the English language by successfully completing one of the following English Language Assessment tests: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL or Level 5 of the 14-week University of Winnipeg Academic
English Program. The test must have been awarded within a year of the date a completed application is filled and official test scores must be forwarded directly to the Graduate Studies Enrolment Officer from the testing agency. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.
On occasion, a waiver may be granted if there is evidence of four or more years of education in a recognized post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction is English. Requests for a waiver must be submitted at the time of application and will be considered on an individual, case-by-case
basis by the UCTS Council. Appropriate services to assist students in improving their English language capabilities can be arranged through the English Language Program.

Expected Time to Graduate
  Two years full-time; four years part-time
Maximum Time to Graduate  Six years

Residency Requirements
The program requires the equivalent of two years of full-time study (36 credit hours). A minimum of 27 credit hours must be taken at the Masters level at The United Centre for Theological Studies (residency requirement).  The remaining 9 credit hours may be completed at one or more of the Cooperative partners.

GPA Requirements: In order to maintain good standing, a student must have a degree GPA of 3.25 (B). Students dropping below this GPA must meet with the Director of Studies before further registration.

Degree Requirements
(36 credit hours)

Core curriculum 
21 credit hours as follows:
GTHEO 7200 Introduction to Theology (3 hours)
GTHEO 7240 Christian Ethics (3 hours)
GTHEO 7100 Introduction to Scripture I (3 hours)
GTHEO 7101 Introduction to Scripture II (3 hours)
GTHEO 7201 Survey of Christian History (3 hours)
GTHEO 7202 Introduction to Dialogue Theology (3 hours)
GTHEO 7203 Indigenous and Christian Encounters (3 hours)

Elective course - 3 credit hours in Spiritual Disciplines and  Ministry Practices
Theology Experiential Courses -12 credit hours through the completion of one of the following:
Supervised Pastoral Education (clinical) – One advanced unit
Spiritual Direction – 2 year Jubilee Program or Shekinah Program