Fall 2013 – Summer 2014
The main goals of the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) program are:
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).
The B.Th. program offered by McGill and the M.Div. program offered by the Theological Colleges are together fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada (ATS).
The B.Th. program has three points of entry:
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. B.Th. students entering the 120- or 90-credit programs are free to pursue minors in other departments, schools, or faculties, in consultation with their B.Th. adviser(s).
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 in the B.Th. program.
Admitted students enrol in a qualifying year (30 credits) of designated Religious Studies and Arts courses (determined by the Chair of the B.Th. Committee).
Those who, during the qualifying year, earn a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.9 (with no grade less than 60%) normally will be granted admission to the 120-credit B.Th. program. Credits completed during the qualifying year may be applied toward the 120-credit requirement.
Those who, during the qualifying year, earn a CGPA of at least 3.0 (having taken 30 credits, including at least two 300-level courses and with no grade less than 65%) normally will be granted admission to the 90-credit B.Th. program. Credits completed during the qualifying year may be applied toward the 90-credit requirement.
Students who, during the qualifying year, do not earn a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or who have grades less than 60%, may apply to retake courses, pending approval of the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.
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.
All applications must be made online at the McGill University website for prospective students: www.mcgill.ca/applying. The online application process should take about 20 minutes and a credit card is required for payment of the application fee. Once completed, the online application form may be printed for your own records.
NEW! Uploading your documents: After your application has been received, you will be given access to your Minerva account, where you will be able to upload your unofficial transcripts and personal statement to complete your application. You can find full instructions on how to prepare, upload, and submit relevant documents at www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting_your_documents/uploadingdocuments.
The two letters of recommendation must be sent to the mailing address below.
Drop-off or courier:
If you are applying for admission to one of the Theological Colleges, another complete set of these required documents must also be sent to the College concerned.
Please note that your file will not be considered by the Admissions Committee until all the required documents have been received.
Applicants to the B.Th. program may be accepted into the Fall, Winter, or Summer term. The online application deadlines are:
Please note that all required documents listed in Applying to the B.Th. Program must be received by the Faculty of Religious Studies prior to these deadlines in order for the applicant to be considered by the Admissions Committee.
Information concerning current tuition fees can be found at: www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts. Applicants for admission to one of the affiliated Colleges should contact the institution concerned for information regarding College-related fees.
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 CAD$40 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.
All students register by Minerva, McGill's web-based registration system. Minerva provides web access to registration, class schedules, course descriptions, and address changes.
For detailed information about registration, refer to Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Registration or www.mcgill.ca/newstudents, and to the courses website, www.mcgill.ca/students/courses.
Dropping or adding courses must be done via Minerva, prior to the deadline listed in this publication (see Registration Procedures). Permission of the adviser is required for all changes to course selection. In case of withdrawal from the University prior to the published course withdrawal deadline, you must withdraw from all courses via Minerva. In addition, you must contact the Chair of the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) Committee and complete the necessary withdrawal form.
You are to seek the guidance of your adviser(s) when registering for courses. You must have your courses approved and your Minerva form signed by the Chair of the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th) Committee before classes begin. If you are affiliated with one of the Theological Colleges, your Minerva form must first be approved and signed by your College adviser.
You enter the University in Satisfactory Standing and remain in this Standing unless your grade point average (GPA) or cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for any year drops below 2.00. The normal course load in any academic session is five courses per term (15 credits per term). If you have a high GPA (at least 3.00), you may take more than the normal five courses per term.
You are placed in Probationary Standing if either your CGPA or your term GPA falls between 1.50 and 1.99. (If you are a part-time student, your GPA is calculated on the basis of your last 9 credits.) While in Probationary Standing, you may take a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 12 credits per term.
While in Probationary Standing, you may return to Satisfactory Standing by completing 12 additional credits with a GPA of at least 2.50, or by completing 12 credits with a GPA and a CGPA of 2.00 or greater.
As a student in Probationary Standing, if you fail to achieve the levels of performance specified above, you will be placed in Unsatisfactory Standing, unless you obtain a GPA of 1.50–1.99 while continuing to have a CGPA of 2.00 or greater.
You are placed in Unsatisfactory Standing if you have a GPA of less than 1.50.
As a student in Unsatisfactory Standing, you will have to withdraw, or seek readmission as a probationary student with special permission from the B.Th. Committee and the Dean. If you are a student who is readmitted on Probationary Standing, you may have additional restrictions or conditions to meet over and above those required of students referred to above under “Probationary Standing.”
In the event that you are placed in Unsatisfactory Standing for a second time, you must withdraw permanently.
If, in any year, your record shows a mark of K, K*, L, L*, or &&, you will have no GPA or CGPA calculated for that year, and your record will show “Standing Incomplete.” After completing the appropriate course requirements, your GPA and CGPA will be calculated and your Standing determined as described above.
If your Standing is still “Incomplete” at the time of registration for the next academic year, you must obtain a Letter of Permission to Register from the Chair of the B.Th. Committee.
Several designations are used to acknowledge the superior academic achievement of in-course and graduating students. These designations are awarded at the discretion of the Faculty.
Dean's Honour List: to designate in-course students who have completed a minimum of 27 credits during regular session (14 credits for those registered for one term) and have attained a GPA placing them in the top 5% - 10% of their class.
Dean's Honour List: For information on the designation of Dean’s Honour List awarded at graduation, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours: Dean's Honour List.
Distinction: For information on the designation of Distinction awarded at graduation, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Graduation > Graduation Honours: Distinction.
Honours: to designate graduating students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits at McGill and have fulfilled the Honours course requirements with a CGPA of 3.20, or 3.50 for First Class Honours.
The Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree requires 120 credits. Many students enter the program with advanced standing, and their credit requirement for the degree is adjusted accordingly. All students must discuss their course selection with their program adviser. The required and complementary course requirements below describe the program for students who ...
For more information, see Religious Studies (120 credits).
Students who have achieved a CGPA of 3.30 at the end of B.Th. Year 2 (U2) may apply to the B.Th. Committee for permission to enter the Honours program. They will be required to complete the normal requirements for the B.Th. degree and the honours courses RELG 494 and RELG 495 in the B.Th. Year 3 (U3) with a grade of B or better.
For more information, see Honours Religious Studies (120 credits).