Degree Requirements


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Degree Requirements
Course Requirements

Students will be required to complete a set of five core courses that provide them with a broad understanding of key aspects of the Roman Catholic tradition-scripture, history, theology, ethics and spirituality. As well, students will complete two elective courses and a master's-level research paper or with an integrative seminar.


Core Courses

Students will be required to complete the following set of five core courses:

  • CT 601: The Books of the Church
  • CT 602: The History of Catholicism
  • CT 603: Foundations of Theology
  • CT 604: Catholic Moral Life and Thought
  • CT 605: The Prayer Life of the Church: Spirituality and Liturgy
Elective Courses

The following is a list of possible elective courses that will be available:

  • CT 610: Catholic Sacramental Life
  • CT 611: Catholic Perspectives on Ecology
  • CT 612: Special Topics in Catholic Theology
  • CT 613: The Catholic Imagination in Art and Literature
  • CT 614: Catholicism and Education
  • CT 615: Catholic Social Ethics
  • CT 616: Gender Ethics in Roman Catholicism
  • CT 617: Contemporary Bioethics: Issues of Life and Death
  • CT 618: The Catholic Church in Canada
Other Elective Courses

Students in this MCT program may also choose electives from appropriate graduate-level theology courses offered at another University or University College, such as Conrad Grebel University College. The maximum number of courses that can be taken from another University is two.


Students must obtain a minimum overall average of B or 75 in all courses.

Research Paper Requirements

Students are expected to complete a master's-level research paper, 35-50 pages [8750-12,500 words] and participate in an on-campus Integrative Seminar for CT 606. The nature of the research project will be determined in consultation with the Director of the program.


The paper will be evaluated by two faculty members: the supervisor and one other faculty member who teaches in the core of the program.


The research paper will be the basis of a seminar presentation to peers and faculty.


Students must obtain a minimum grade of B or 75 for the paper.


Non-Credit  Academic Integrity Workshop

All students will be required to complete a non-credit  Academic Integrity Workshop for graduate students offered by the University of Waterloo within their first two terms of study. Once completed, this workshop will be shown on each student's academic record.

Modes of Delivery

To meet the needs of part-time  and full-time students, the modes of delivery of the courses will vary.


Check Course Registration and Schedule for information on upcoming courses.


Residency is required for CT 603 and for the concluding Integrative Seminar.

Completion of the Program

Upon completion of CT 603, the other courses in this program can be taken in any order provided that any course prerequisites have been met. It is expected that at least one elective will be offered every term. 


Normally, the research paper/project will be started only when the coursework is completed.


Students may proceed through the program either in full-time status or part-time status. A full-time student will complete the program in two years. A part-time student would normally complete the program in five years.