Welcome to the Atlantic School of Theology, where we shape effective and faithful ordained and lay leaders and understanding among communities of faith.
Students who come to AST participate in a living example of community in diversity and inter-religious understanding. The skills they develop while they learn in this ecumenical setting, both inside and outside the classroom, ensure that they leave the university prepared to take on issues in their communities, and to become inspirational and faithful leaders. I can say, from my own experience as a student here, that AST offers a transformative learning experience, enabled by outstanding faculty who are thought leaders in theology, theological teaching and learning, and research.
There are may reasons why people choose AST as a place to further their studies. Our beautiful waterfront campus offers a reflective and contemplative environment, and some of our specialized programs are particularly attractive to students from across Canada and beyond.
The Summer Distance MDiv, for example, allows students to complete a Master’s degree in five years while working in a supervised ministry setting and taking online courses through the regular academic year, with intense studies on campus during the summer. The experience of the intense summer community is critical to the character of the Summer Distance MDiv, offering students the opportunity to study in a collaborative setting, supplementing their independent learning from any location throughout the regular academic year.
AST also offers a joint MA in Theology and Religious Studies with Saint Mary’s University. This program is the only one of its kind in Canada. By enabling students to study Theology and Religious Studies, we can make possible both a deep and radical engagement with a specific religious tradition and an exploration of the diverse religious context of 21st Century Canada. This plurality of voices makes the program unique and offers resources and preparation for the future like no other master’s degree program in North America.
Whether you are interested in a formal program of study or a continuing education course, AST has something to offer. Follow the links below for more information about our programs and discover your place in the community that is AST!