Vancouver School of Theology - Graduate Programs

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Native Ministries Master of Divinity by Extension Program

Vancouver School of Theology - Graduate Programs

Field of Study:Aboriginal Studies
Divinity/Ministry(BD, MDiv.)
Length:5 Year(s)


The Native Ministries M.Div. by Extension Program is the only degree program for persons engaged in ministry in First Nations communities that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the United States. At the present time, the program includes students from the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United churches in Canada and from several denominations in the United States.

This innovative degree program was developed in partnership with First Nations people. The primary location and context for learning is the community in which the student lives and serves. This context is crucial for the student’s effective engagement with the social, cultural, political, and religious values of First Nations communities. Denominational authorities are also indispensable partners. They nominate candidates and provide the necessary infrastructure for the delivery of the degree program. This infrastructure includes the identification of tutors, the allocation of suitable meeting places for course and seminar sessions and the arrangements of a suitable ministry location for the student. Certain tutor and student costs are also borne by the sponsoring denomination. The guidelines and standards for this infrastructure are established by the School.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants require a sponsoring denomination.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 16, 2012