Why Study at UTC?

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At The United Theological College of the United Church of Canada, a diverse community of students prepare for ministries of compassion, celebration, and transformation within the church and beyond. Situated in the heart of Montreal, UTC fosters learning within a multicultural and interfaith context. French and bilingual ministries are an important focus of our work.

  1. Develop transformational leadership for new expressions of faith and church. A focus on transformational leadership for new expressions of faith and church is a cutting-edge dimension of our program. Students take courses in theologies of emergence Christianity, globalization, contextual theology, and mission and church in context, and religions other than Christianity. An immersion study trip in Cuba gives final year students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture as they meet leaders of local churches, community groups, lay people, faculty, and theological students. They are inspired as they discover what it means to be engaged in mission and ministry in an era of church transformation.
  1. Learn in a vibrant, diverse, context. We create a supportive learning environment that embraces diverse theologies, perspectives, and experiences. With the exception of specific denominational courses, most learning happens within the rich diversity of a multicultural, ecumenical, and interfaith context. We represent and connect with a particular cultural, linguistic, and regional diversity. As the only bilingual educational institution in the United Church, we have a solid network of support and grounding in the Quebec context. Observing and interacting with French ministry initiatives inspires our students to learn more about the Church of tomorrow.
  1. Combine strong academics with ministry formation. Students build a strong academic foundation in theology, history, and scripture with first-rate scholars at McGill University and other affiliated institutions. Innovative and challenging practical studies take place with our partner colleges at the Montreal School of Theology. Studies emphasize ministry in the church, the community, and the world.  Graduates have knowledge and skills for pastoral care, dynamic worship and preaching, collaborative leadership, mission, and social justice.
  1. Study where the costs are low and financial support is high. The financial advantages of studying at UTC are significant. Our well-funded scholarship and bursary programs mean that for the past several decades we have been able to cover the academic fees of all full-time and most part-time students.  Such financial support is expected to continue well into the future. This, combined with the relatively low cost of living in Montreal makes UTC’s program among the most affordable and accessible in the country.
  1. Study with gifted faculty who have hands-on ministry experience. The three denominational colleges that make up the Montreal School of Theology each have strengths and specialities in pastoral ministry and contextual theology.  All college teaching faculty are clergy in their respective denominations; and all have many years of experience in congregational ministry, prison and hospital chaplaincy, social justice ministries, and community ministry, as well as considerable teaching experience.

The Presbyterian College has particular expertise in equipping and nurturing students for missional leadership, new church development, administration, and entrepreneurial leadership. The Montreal Diocesan College of the Anglican Church of Canada brings strengths in spirituality, preaching and liturgy. The United Theological College faculty offers specialization in education, pastoral formation, counselling and psychotherapy, justice ministries, ecumenical relationships and French ministry.

As well, the teaching faculty of the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies bring particular academic richness to the partnership.

  1. Pursue your own goals with a specialization that’s right for you. At UTC, you have the option of completing a general Master of Divinity degree program, or you may want to concentrate on one of two specialities offered as part of the degree program: Ministry for Emerging Expressions of Christianity or Spiritual Care and Counselling. All students in the third (final) year of our program develop personal learning goals for ministry and focus their studies on particular interests and learning needs. With support and feedback from peers, supervisors and faculty, they gain self-awareness, skills, and confidence.
  1. Learn French for ministry. UTC students live, learn, and worship in a bilingual community. Many of them do field placements in bilingual or francophone settings. French for Ministry programs, individual assessment, and support from francophone and anglophone colleagues help our students develop their capacity to minister in francophone and bilingual contexts. Most of our graduates also obtain a Certificate in Bilingual Ministry, attesting to their ability to perform all aspects of ministry in both official languages.