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Bachelor of Theology program

Program description

The main goals of the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program are:

  1. to offer academic instruction in the disciplines of theology within a university setting;
  2. to contribute to preparation for ministry in the contemporary world by giving special attention to the Canadian and North American contexts, the Quebec context, and religious pluralism.

The Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) may be taken as a first or second baccalaureate degree.

As a first degree (90 or 120 credits), it offers a more intensive study of Christianity than is available within the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs, while also permitting the student to combine this specialization with other academic or professional interests, whether in Religious Studies or in other faculties and schools of the University.

As a second bachelor’s degree (60 credits), the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program is designed primarily for those who intend to qualify for the ordained ministry in a Christian denomination, although here too, some students pursue the degree out of an interest in the academic study of theology for its own sake, or with a view to combining these studies with proficiency gained in other disciplines. The 60-credit program forms the core of the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree.

Those studying for the ordained ministry usually pursue the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) as part of a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) offered by one of the three Theological Colleges affiliated with McGill University in the Montreal School of Theology: Montreal Diocesan Theological College (Anglican Church of Canada), the Presbyterian College (Presbyterian Church in Canada), and United Theological College (United Church of Canada).


ATS accreditation

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree, including the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) components, is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS).


Admission requirements

The B.Th. program has three points of entry:

  1. To enter the 120-credit degree program from outside Quebec, the applicant must hold a high school diploma, unless you qualify as a mature student. A maximum of 60 credits from another institution of higher learning can be considered for transfer into the 120-credit program.
  2. To enter the 90-credit first-degree program, the applicant is expected to have completed the Diploma of Collegial Studies (DCS) of a Quebec CEGEP with a minimum average Cote R of 24, or the equivalent elsewhere. A maximum of 30 credits from another institution of higher learning can be considered for transfer into this program.
  3. To enter the 60-credit program, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor of Arts or other Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.7 (B-). No credits can be transferred from another institution of higher learning into the 60-credit program.

Any McGill student in good standing, with a minimum of 30 credits, may apply for transfer from their current degree program into the B.Th. program. BTh students entering the 120- or 90-credit programs are free to pursue Minors in other departments, schools, or faculties, in consultation with their BTh adviser(s).

The B.Th. program extends over three academic years of full time studies for those admitted with a Diploma of Collegial Studies and over two academic years for those admitted with a Bachelor's degree. For all other students it requires four years. The normal load consists of five 3-credits courses (15 credits) each term.

Proof of proficiency in English

The language of instruction for most courses at McGill University is English; however, you may make arrangements to write term papers, examinations and theses in English or in French, except in courses where knowledge of the language is one of the objectives of the course. You must demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. For non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, with a minimum score of 577 for the paper based version and of 90 for the new internet based composite score (iBT). For the iBT a minimum score of 21 is also required in each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Permanent residents of Canada may be required to submit a TOEFL score as well. Note: The McGill ETS Institution code is: 0935.


Mature students admission policy

Those who will be 23 years of age or older by September 1 of the year that they seek admission (or by January 1 for admission to the Winter Term) and who lack the academic qualifications normally required for entry into the B.Th. program may apply as mature students for admission to a qualifying year.

Students admitted to a qualifying year enroll for a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 credits of designated Religious Studies and Arts courses, determined by the B.Th. adviser (in consultation, for affiliated students, with their college adviser). During their second term, they may apply to the B.Th. program (120 credit).

Those who, during the qualifying year, earn a CGPA of least 2.5, normally will be granted admission to the program. Upon admission, credits completed during the qualifying year, with a grade of C or better, may be applied toward the 120-credit requirement. An additional 12 credits may also be applied, in recognition of study or work experience elsewhere. (This includes both maturity credits and transfer credits, if any; applicants with more than 12 recognizable transfer credits must apply directly to the BTh program.)

For further details see http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/admissionsguide/mature/.


Readmission

Students requesting readmission to the B.Th. program after an absence of one academic term or more must submit an electronic readmission application. The on-line application is available as of March 1 through the Student Records menu once you have logged into Minerva. Supporting documents, if applicable, must be sent separately to the Student Affairs Office, Henry and William Birks Building Room 109, 3520 University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7.

  • Students should state the reasons for their absence from the University and give a summary of their activities during that period. Requests must be submitted before April 1 for readmission in May, June 1 for readmission in September and November 1 for readmission in January.
  • Students who withdrew because of illness should provide a medical note stating that they are ready to resume their studies.

Inter-faculty transfer

If you are currently registered at McGill in another degree program and you wish to transfer into the Faculty of Religious Studies, Bachelor of Theology (BTh) program for the fall term, you must submit an electronic transfer application by June 1. The on-line application is available as of March 1 through the Student Records menu once you have logged into Minerva. Supporting documents must be sent to the Student Affairs Office, Henry and William Birks Building Room 109, 3520 University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7.

Required supporting documents

  • Two letters of recommendation including at least one from an instructor in an academic institution previously attended. Your referee must download and use the attached form. BTh Reference Form
  • Personal Statement, according to the directions in the application. Please download and use the attached form. Personal Statement Form

If you are currently registered in the B.Th. program, and you wish to transfer for the fall term to another faculty, you must submit an electronic transfer application by June 1. The on-line application is available as of March 1 through the Student Records menu once you have logged into Minerva. Supporting documents, if applicable, must be sent separately. Please consult the appropriate Faculty website for detailed information.


Admission review procedure

An unsuccessful applicant, or a Faculty of Religious Studies Council member acting on behalf of an unsuccessful applicant, who believes that not all factors having a bearing on the application have been fully considered may submit a request for a review of the decision.

The request must be made in writing and directed to the Chair of the B.Th. Admissions and Awards Committee. A $40.00 certified cheque or money-order made payable to McGill University must accompany the request.

The request for review must include information in support of reconsideration, such as: a description of significant change in the applicant’s circumstances since the initial consideration; correction of any missing or erroneous information in the application, or information that the applicant believes may have been overlooked when the original decision was made.

Requests for reconsideration must be received at McGill no more than two weeks after notification of refusal.

The review procedure will be carried out by the B.Th. Admissions and Awards Committee. Please note that the original admission decision will stand unless the Committee is persuaded that admissions standards have been misapplied or that an applicant’s academic record has been misapprehended.

Decisions on Special, Visiting, and Exchange applications are final; requests for reconsideration will not be considered.


Tuition fees and funding

Information concerning current tuition fees may be found at the following website: student accounts. Applicants for admission to one of the affiliated Colleges should contact the institution concerned for information regarding College-related fees.