Joint Degree Programs

The Centre for Christian Studies has joint degree agreements with St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton and the University of Winnipeg’s United Centre for Theological Studies, allowing students to use their CCS credits toward an academic degree.  CCS students  wishing to pursue a joint degree should apply directly to St. Stephen’s or apply directly to the U of Winnipeg.  We recommend that students decide early in their diaconal training program, and consult with St. Stephen’s or U of W staff when choosing externals in order to ensure they are fulfilling the degree requirements.

St. Stephen’s College

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES IN DIACONAL MINISTRY

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Diploma in Diaconal Ministries from CCS or current enrollment in that program
  2. General readiness to function in an integrative theological program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies
  3. Commitment to one’s lay profession or employment (paid or volunteer) as a ministry
  4. Willingness to engage in a program that is grounded in the Christian faith but is also broadly ecumenical and interfaith

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 90 Credits

ACADEMIC WORK COMPLETED AS PART OF CCS DIPLOMA:

  • Leadership Development Module (0 credit)
  • Three Program Theme Years (45 credits): Social Ministry/Educational Ministry/Pastoral Ministry
  • Theological Integration Year (15 credits) including Global Perspectives Experience
  • Facilitated Field Education (0 credit)
  • Eight Courses (*24 credits): Christian Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures, Theology, Christian Ethics, Church History, and three Electives (chosen in consultation with faculty). (*at least 18 of these 24 credits must be taken at St Stephen’s College)

POST CCS WORK:

  • Academic Writing Course (0 credit)
  • Integrative Theology Paper (40-60 pages) (6 credits): a project of guided research founded upon personal reflection and integration which is designed to demonstrate the researcher’s ability to correlate learning from a variety of disciplines and integrate theological and personal meaning within a ministry setting

 

MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES IN DIACONAL MINISTRY

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Baccalaureate Degree from an institution of higher education approved by a Canadian provincial authority, or the demonstrated educational equivalent.
  2. Diploma in Diaconal Ministries from CCS, or current enrollment in that program
  3. General readiness to function in an integrative theological program in terms of both personal qualities and academic competencies
  4. Commitment to one’s lay profession or employment (paid or volunteer) as a ministry
  5. Willingness to engage in a program that is grounded in the Christian faith but is also broadly ecumenical and interfaith

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 51 Credits

ACADEMIC WORK COMPLETED AS PART OF CCS DIPLOMA:

  • Leadership Development Module (0 credit)
  • One of Three Program Theme Years(15 credits)
  • Theological Integration Year (3 credits) including Global Perspectives Experience
  • Eight Courses(*24 credits): Christian Scriptures, Hebrew Scriptures, Theology, Christian Ethics, Church History, and three Electives (chosen in consultation with faculty). (*at least 18 of these 24 credits must be taken at St Stephen’s College)

POST CCS WORK:

  • Academic Writing Course(0 credit)
  • Thesis Proposal Collegium (0 credit)
  • Thesis Writing Workshop (recommended, 0 cr)
  • Thesis (9 credits): A formally written 100-150 page document based upon the student’s research of a stated question. The Thesis integrates an introduction, a thorough literature review, explication of methodology, data presentation and analysis, and a summary of findings, conclusions, and synthesis.

 

United Centre for Theological Studies, University of Winnipeg

MASTER OF ARTS (IN SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES AND MINISTRY PRACTICES)

This program is designed to enable students who have been granted the “Diploma in Diaconal Ministries: Studies in Transformation and Action” from the Centre of Christian Studies (CCS) to acquire academic credit toward a Master of Arts (in Spiritual Disciplines and Ministry Practices) or Bachelor of Theology at the University of Winnipeg.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 36 Credit Hours

ACADEMIC WORK COMPLETED AS PART OF CCS DIPLOMA:

  • Leadership Development Module (6 Credit Hours)
  • Final of three theme years from CCS program: Social Ministry, Educational Ministry, Pastoral Ministry. (9 Credit Hours)
  • Integrating Year, including Global Perspectives Experience (3 Credit Hours)

ACADEMIC WORK COMPLETED AT UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG (Six “Core Courses”):

  • Scripture I (3 Credit Hours)
  • Scripture II (3 Credit Hours)
  • Intro Theology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Survey of Christian History (3 Credit Hours)
  • Dialogue Theology or Indigenous and Christian Encounter or an elective (3 Credit Hours)
  • Christian Ethics (3 Credit Hours)

 

MASTER OF ARTS (THEOLOGY)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 36 Credit Hours

  • Leadership Development Module (6 Credit Hours at CCS)
  • Thesis (9 Credit Hours at UW)
  • Thesis Seminar (3 Credit Hours at UW)
  • Six “Core Courses” (18 Credit Hours at UW)
    • Scripture I
    • Scripture II
    • Intro Theology
    • Survey of Christian History
    • Dialogue Theology or Indigenous and Christian Encounter or an elective
    • Christian Ethics

 

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

The Bachelor of Theology is a 120 credit-hour degree program conferred by the University of Winnipeg. The United Centre for Theological Studies will transfer in the CCS Diploma as the equivalent 87 credit hours. The remaining 33 credit hours will be taken at the Faculty of Theology.

REQUIRED COURSES – CCS DIPLOMA  (87 credit hours)

  • Leadership Development Module CCS (6 credit hours)
  • Theme Year One: CCS Program (18 credit hours)
  • Theme year Two CCS Program (18 credit hours)
  • Theme Year Three: CCS Program (18 credit hours)
  • Integrating Year CCS Program (18 credit hours)
  • Facilitated Field Education (9 credit hours)

REQUIRED COURSES – FACULTY OF THEOLOGY (33 credit hours)

Biblical Studies

  • GTHEO 7100 – Scripture I (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7101 – Scripture II (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7145 – Biblical Hermeneutics (3 credit hours)
  • Hebrew Bible Elective (3 credit hours)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credit hours)

Theology and Church History

  • GTHEO 7201 – Survey of Christian History (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7200 – Introduction to Theology (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7600 – Introduction to Theological Writing (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7240 Christian Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7202 Dialogue Theology (3 credit hours)
  • GTHEO 7203 Indigenous and Christian Encounter (3 credit hours)