Atlantic School of Theology

Atlantic School of Theology

MA in Theology and Religious Studies


660 Francklyn Street

Halifax, NS


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in Theology and Religious Studies is a one-year (three semester) program offered jointly through Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University. This program brings together two complementary, interdisciplinary programs, Theology (AST) and Religious Studies (SMU). Graduate students will experience a diverse and rich field of expertise in the study of theology and religion. Students will have a unique opportunity to explore and articulate the relationship between Theology and Religious Studies, especially as the fields have evolved both within Canada and internationally. The focus of the program will be research on religious and theological issues and religious communities regionally, nationally and internationally in order to recognize the importance of the multicultural, religiously plural realities of Canada, the Americas and many nations around the world. Students may also choose to study the traditional religious studies and theological areas, such as comparative religions, comparative ethics, biblical studies, systematic theology and pastoral theology. Students will be able to pursue a thesis-based MA designed to qualify for admission to doctoral programs or a course only program designed for students wishing to develop theoretical and applied skills to work within churches and other religious institutions as teachers, pastoral care workers, or lay chaplains and to work in diverse religious communities to meet new demands as they settle in Canada, especially in the Maritimes. One of the objectives of the program is to provide the religious communities in the Maritimes with knowledge that could enhance their understanding of their place in a multicultural society.


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