Certain denominations will have their own requirements which students will take to fulfill the general requirements as outlined below.
At least one course in a student’s program should include significant engagement with Indigenous perspectives and issues.
- 9 credits in the Practice of Public and Pastoral Leadership: (Pastoral Theology; Education; Liturgy; Homiletics; Denominational Studies)
- 6 credits in Bible (3 credits in each Testament)
- 6 credits in History
- 6 credits in Theology
- 3 credits in Inter-religious Studies
- 6 credits in Spirituality
- 6 additional elective hours
VST’s sponsoring denominations have designated courses that their candidates for ordination must take as part of a VST MDiv program. These courses fulfill all or part of the elective area requirements in the 90 credit-hour MDiv
Cross-Registration of Courses
Many of the courses offered at Regent or St. Mark’s College can be taken for VST credit. With the exception of Summer and online courses at Regent College (available only as transfer courses, if approved), VST students register and pay for the courses at VST rates and must acquire a cross-registration form from the Registrar’s office to be signed by the Registrar at Regent or St. Mark’s. For course listings see their websites (regent-college.edu or stmarkscollege.ca). Certain courses in the Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies department at UBC may also be available for transfer into your VST program. In all cases, the VST Registrar will confirm eligible courses for transfer.
Information Literacy and Research Skills
All degree and diploma students are required to complete six hours of non-credit, no-fee research modules in Information Literacy. The modules will engage students in hands-on as well as theoretical work intended to develop knowledgeable, disciplined and critically astute researchers.
M.Div students are also required to take another 2 Modules in areas of Research with Human Subjects, and Web Resources for Ministry
The VST Library sends out information and registration for upcoming Modules.