Master of Theology (M.Th) – Civil Degree

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We offer two options of Master of Theology: full-time Master’s and part-time Master’s degrees. Both programs aim to equip students with foundational research skills and abilities in the field of theology (Scripture, moral and systematic). The full-time Master’s program is one year long, and the part-time Master’s program is four years long. An important part of the program is to train students to use an advanced level of research methodology through seminars, courses, a comprehensive exam, and a 50-page long research paper.

The M.Th. prepares students for diverse work in the Church, NGOs, public and private social organizations, journalism, to name but a few possibilities.

Note: This program certifies Secondary School Religion teachers who intend to increase their pay scale qualifications.

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Theology, the Master of Arts in Theology is recommended, instead.

In Summary

Full-time program:

  • Two research seminars in the Fall and Winter terms
  • One course on theological methodologies in the Winter term
  • One optional graduate course in the Fall term
  • Two undergraduate courses in the Fall and Winter terms
  • An oral comprehensive exam of 9 prepared in advance questions in the Spring term
  • Preparation and submission  of a 50-page long research paper in the Summer term

Part-time program:

  • Year One: One methodology course and two graduate seminars
  • Year Two: One optional graduate seminar and two undergraduate courses
  • Year Three: Oral comprehensive exam of 9 prepared in advance questions
  • Year Four: Preparation and submission of a 50-page long research paper

Admission Eligibility

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

  • 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) if the thesis work deals with original sources. Knowledge of these languages is required, however, for the canonical degree.

For more information on the admission and program requirements, please contact the registrar’s office.


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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