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Spiritualities and Community Engagement (MA)


The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology is designed for students interested in a faith-based, graduate-level approach to academic studies in theology, professional work integrating theology and community involvement or spiritual care and psychotherapy.

Our multifaith and inclusive practice creates a diverse and vibrant community. Students from all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to apply.

  • Flexible and wide-ranging course of study that includes sacred texts, systematic and historical theology, ethics and practical community relations
  • Develop community leadership skills through higher education and applied practice
  • Study diverse spiritualities and engage in community service-related initiatives

Graduates of this field of study may be able to pursue further academic work or a career or vocation in community sectors influenced by theological/spiritual/religious visions. 

Some of the required courses for this program are offered in the evening and during the spring term, making it an excellent choice for commuting, full-time or part-time students. 

Program Courses

Students take 11 required courses and 5 theology electives.

TH530E: Foundations of Spiritualities
TH560G: Foundations of Ethical Community Engagement
TH645A: Intersectionality: Interfaith and Intercultural Perspectives
TH644A Indigenous Wisdoms and Methodology
TH503A: Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures

1 of the Following Christian Faith Traditions Courses
TH502A: Critical Analysis of Biblical Texts: Introduction
TH503C: Survey of the New Testament
TH530A: God and Theological Tradition
TH530B Jesus and Salvation

1 of the Following Islamic Traditions Courses
TH503E: Reading and Interpreting the Qur'an (in translation)
TH664B: Islamic Spirituality (Sufism) and Psychotherapy

1 of the Following Asian Traditions Courses
TH503F: Asian Wisdom Traditions
TH503H: Buddhist Discourses on Care

2 of the following Courses that Engage Critical Approaches and Experiential Learning
TH560E: Spiritual Formation and Nurturing Faith
TH530C: Introduction to the Spirit and Community
TH648D: Sing Fires of Justice
TH645B: Women, LGBTQ2SIA+, Justice and Spirituality
TH643D: Questioning Ability

Any graduate course on religious/theological/spiritual experiences selected in consultation with the program director

TH697 - Integrative Project

Students can petition to do TH698* - Major Research Project in Theology or TH699 - Thesis in Theology instead of TH697 - Integrative Project. In such cases, students taking TH698* - Major Research Project in Theology will need 4 electives and students taking TH699 - Thesis in Theology will need 2 electives.

5 electives selected in consultation with the student advisor

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you are a graduate student taking a full-time course load, you will automatically receive a bursary of about $600 per term. The exact amount varies slightly from year to year. There’s no need to apply for this bursary. We award it based on your registration after the last day to add courses for the term. It may take several weeks to appear on your student account, so don’t worry if you don’t see it right away.

In addition to the full-time bursary, annual bursaries to a maximum of $1,500 are available based on financial need (typically applied to accounts in the fall term).

You may also be eligible for the following bursaries from Luther:

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Start: September 2023

Delivery: Full-time or part-time

Length: 2 years (full-time)

Degree Earned: Masters of Arts

Minimum Grade: B average

Experiential Learning:
Community-service learning opportunities




Full-time: $2,714 per semester
Part-time: $666 per class


Full-time: $9,040 per semester
Part-time: $1,800 per class

Incidental fees are not included above.

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