Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.Th) and Licenciate (S.T.L)

Become Seekers of Knowledge


This program aims to equip you with foundational research skills and abilities in the field of theology (Scripture, moral and systematic). Over the course of two full years, you will be immersed in graduate level methodology through seminars, courses, a comprehensive exam, and a 100-150 page thesis.

The M.A.Th. prepares you well for further graduate studies, as well as, diverse work in the Church, NGOs, public and private social organisations, journalism, etc.

In Summary

First year:

  • Two research seminars – 6 credits – Fall / Winter semesters
  • One course on theological methodologies – 3 credits – Winter semester
  • Two otional courses from the undergraduate cycle – 6 credits – Fall / Winter semesters
  • One optional graduate course – 3 credits – Fall semester

Second year:

  • Two research seminars – 6 credits – Fall / Winter semesters
  • Two optional graduate courses – 6 credits – Fall / Winter semesters
  • One oral exam of 9 prepared questions – 6 credits – Spring semester
  • One 100-150 page thesis – 3 credits – Summer semester

Admission Eligibility

To be admitted to the M.A. Th. program, applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s in Theology (B.Th.) or the equivalent from a recognized college or university with an average grade of B- or above;
  • Be fluent in English or French and have a working knowledge of the other language (French or English). A high level of reading and oral understanding of French is required since French is the main language of the academic courses;
  • Have at least a working knowledge of one or more of the ancient languages (Latin, Greek, Hebrew), only if their thesis deals with original sources. The knowledge of these languages is necessary, however, for the canonical degree.


With over 140,000 works, our specialized library provides ample material in multiple languages. DUC encourages all students to engage with primary sources. The 5 floor library collects works in their original language, as well as in multiple translations. Registered students may also consult and sign out books from Carleton University, as well as from several other libraries in Ottawa. Nestled in a quiet part of the city, DUC’s library is an urban oasis; its quiet and friendly ambiance encourages reading and writing (while permitting the occasional daydream!). *Graduate students may request access to an individual study room in the library.

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