The Certificate in Theology and Interreligious Engagement (Post-Baccalaureate), conjointly awarded by Regis College and the University of Toronto, provides university graduates with a general university-level foundation in theological and practice-based approaches to religious pluralism and interreligious engagement through the exploration of religious texts and histories, spiritualities and practices, and theologies and theories of religions. It requires seven semester courses (3.5 FCE). The Certificate is intended to be flexible and accessible to students in full-time employment.

Program Outline 

The Certificate in Theology and Interreligious Engagement is a one-year, seven-credit courses in Christian studies, can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The certificate must be completed within four academic years of first registration. Full-time students (taking five 0.5 FCE courses a semester) will be able to complete all requirements within two semesters. Students are required to take a minimum of 1 course (0.5 FCE) each Fall and Winter semester, and be registered in consecutive academic years until completion, with the exception of approved Leaves of Absence. All students are required to maintain an electronic portfolio that documents their progress through their programs. Students in the certificate program are not permitted to take graduate-level (TST 5000s and 6000-level courses).

Specific Requirements

This Certificate program requires seven courses (7 X 0.5 FCE) in Christian studies.

 

One course must be taken from each of the groupings of courses:

 

  • Texts and Histories
  • Spiritualities and Practices
  • Theologies and Theories of Religion

Course selections must explore 3 religions, one of which must be Christianity. Students must take a minimum of 1 course in each of the 3 religions.

  • At least 1 course must be taken at the 1000 level and at least 2 courses will be at the 2000/3000 level
  • At least 1 course that includes practices of inter-religious engagement

Students with no previous background in the study of theology, religion, or a cognate discipline will be required to take a foundational theology course (normally given the numeric code 1101) as one of their courses.

Successful completion requires a passing grade of B- or better in each of 20 course units, including a pass in the synthesis paper, and an overall course average of B-.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, college, or Indigenous Institute with a CGPA of 2.7. Normally this should be a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in a field of the humanities or social sciences. Where applicants have a different post-secondary background, TST may require them to begin their conjoint Certificate with courses that will build their skills of research, critical thinking, and expository writing.