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Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) Buddhist Program at Emmanuel College

  NEW - September 2015

This MPS program prepares Buddhist students for certification by the Canadian Assoication for Spirtual Care.


 In this new MPS program track, students will need to take 20 courses altogether. Courses in Buddhist history, texts, ethics, tenets and meditation as well as other Buddhist courses classified as designated electives are required. Additional requirements are courses related to professional counselling and ministry including Clinical Pastoral Education or Pastoral Counselling Education Units. Other open elective courses can be chosen from the offerings of Emmanuel College as well as the other colleges in the Toronto School of Theology. See the pdf file at the bottom of this page for a list of courses related to counseling and pastoral care at the TST. In addition, students can also choose from a variety of courses on tenets, history, ethics and texts etc. offered in Emmanuel's Christian and Muslim tracks as their open electives.. Visit to apply to the MPS program. Contact Andrew Aitchison, Admission Counsellor and Recruitment Coordinator at 416-585-4464 & or for more information.


Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto announced the Diploma in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health in mid 2014 and the first courses were offered in January 2015. Nine Buddhist semester courses at the Master's degree level are offered in this program. These courses partially satisfy the requirements of a Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) degree program that prepares students for professional certification with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.  The Buddhist diploma will be awarded to students who have completed 6 of the 9 courses. A course meets once a week and a semester is 3-4 months in duration. 


Students who have completed courses in the diploma program can transfer their credits to the new Buddhist stream in the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) degree program at Emmanuel College.

The Shi Wu De Community Care Bursary 

A limited number of scholarships are being offered to qualified students taking Buddhism courses offered in the Buddhist MPS and Buddhist diploma programs at Emmanuel College.

Visit for the announcements. 


MPS Program with Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

Emmanuel College and Knox College offer a joint Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. Emmanuel College MPS Buddhist studies students can complete this certificate by choosing a number of related courses within thier MPS program. This certificate program is recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario  such that all the students with this certificate are deemed to have met the educational and training requirements  without having to demostrate the competencies by a lengthy and complicated mapping process individually. 


Flyer for the new MPS program
Studies in Buddhism at EC flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

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