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Pursue your Master of Divinity within the worshipping community of The Presbyterian College and be transformed through studies and friendship.
The MDiv program equips women and men to be effective pastoral leaders—to serve Christ and the church faithfully and competently. This program is offered in collaboration with McGill University, a foremost North American University. Also, in collaboration with the Montreal School of Theology, a historic ecumenical community of study within Quebec and Canada. Our M.Div. program is accredited through the Association of Theological Schools, the primary accrediting body for theological education.
A program offered through a partnership of McGill University and The Presbyterian College
90-Credit program in theology and ministry
3-year program based on full-time study
Includes residential (Years 1 and 2) and possible online (Year 3) components
Tuition rates of $710 per 3-credit course (International Students) and $395 per 3-credit course (Canadian Students)
Admission Requirement: Bachelor’s degree with a 2.7 CGPA
Integration and Internships
The MDiv program of The Presbyterian College is unique in North America. It combines two years of academic study with one year of professional formation. An internship represents 40% of the final year of the program. Our goal is the formation of leaders of integrity., Leaders whose mind and heart and work are all oriented to the service of others in the way of Christ. In years 1 and 2 of the program, you will study systematic theology, the Old and New Testaments, the history of the church, and the cultural dimensions of Christian faith. In the 3rd and final year you will focus on leadership in the church, the practice of preaching, the mission of congregations, and pastoral care of others.
The third year of the program includes a one-week study tour in Cuba. This trip will engage you meaningfully with the life of the church in Cuba, as well as its culture and history. This experience will help you understand that ministry and mission are always shaped by particular languages, cultures, and histories. Our program is also developing a meaningful component oriented toward learning and dialogue with Indigenous communities in Canada.
Studying at The Presbyterian College means studying alongside students in other programs in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. It is a dynamic and rich opportunity to study alongside and learn from those of others' faith traditions; learning to articulate your Christian faith and hope through conversation with others. The program is intellectually stimulating, developing your familiarity with the theological, historical, Biblical, and cultural dimensions of Christian faith and life. Professors are of the highest caliber, seeking the best for students both intellectually and in their formation for ministry.
A Worshipping and Praying Community
Theological study is about meaningfully intellectual engagement. But growth within our spiritual lives is also vital to our formation for ministry. Joining The Presbyterian College means being part of a warm community that prays together, offers praise together, and shares in meals together. Be transformed and equipped through study and praise and prayer and celebration together as the Body of Christ.
Length of Program and Residency
The MDiv at The Presbyterian College is a 3-year, 90-credit program. The first two years of the program are residential in Montreal. The final year may be pursued residentially in Montreal or in an online format at a distance (with 3 or 4 residential periods each term, involving travel back to Montreal). This means that your internship in the final year of the program could be in Toronto or Winnipeg or Halifax or Boston or Chicago. Synchronous components of the final-year, online classes make use of the Zoom conferencing platform, and a-synchronous components are through Moodle.
If you have already completed some part of your theological studies in a public university or an accredited seminary, you may transfer up to 36 credits (12 courses) toward your program at The Presbyterian College—these transfer credits are reviewed and confirmed at the time of your application.
As a combined program of McGill University and The Presbyterian College, there are two applications to complete—one application to the College (MDiv program) and one application to the University (registering in the BTh program of that institution for the purposes of the MDiv). Of course, we are available to support you in this application process and answer any questions you might have.