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Degree Programs for Lay Students

The Master of Divinity (M. Div.) Program:

The M.Div. is a professional, theological degree providing a solid foundation in ministry. Graduates are found in, but not limited to, parish pastoral ministry, campus ministry, youth ministry, and diocesan offices.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 70% average from an accredited institution;
  • Introduction to Philosophy and Thomistic Philosophy pre-requisites or co-requisites;
  • Personal history;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • No concerns on criminal records check;
  • Formal admissions interview and Psychological screening.

The Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Program:

The M.T.S. is a post-baccalaureate, academic theological degree for those seeking professional enrichment as teachers or catechists, or those who wish to grow in understanding of and witness to their faith.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with minimum 70% average from an accredited institution;
  • Thomistic Philosophy pre-requisite or co-requisite;
  • Brief life history;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Admissions interview.

Undergraduate Degree Students

Students enrolled at King's University College, Western and its other affiliates colleges, are welcomed to fulfill some of their credit courses in Philosophy or Theology at St. Peter's Seminary.

Non-Degree Courses for Lay Students

Lay people not wanting to commit to a degree program are welcomed to take courses on various levels:

  • Audit - a desire to grow in diverse areas of philosophy or theology without the commitment of submitting assignments or writing exams.
  • Credit - while not committing to a degree program, students fulfill all the requirements of a course, obtaining a credit.  These courses could later be applied to an M.Div. or M.T.S. degree program if all other requirements are me.

Study & Support

The Faculty of St. Peter's Seminary are recognized scholars with expertise in a wide variety of subject areas who convey a passion for teaching and formation of the student at all levels.  Study can be full-time or part-time with the exception that one year of the M.Div. program must be taken full-time with required formation elements.

In our desire to enhance one’s learning opportunities, St. Peter’s Seminary has begun to offer occasional courses online.

Students have access to the vast collection of materials and resources available to them in the beautiful A.P. Mahoney Library (St. Peter's Seminary), the Cardinal Carter Library (King's University College), as well as Western's Weldon Library and the affiliates' libraries. 

Supported by the Director of Lay Formation, our Lay Students are an integral part of the St. Peter's Seminary community and are encouraged and welcomed to participate in the monthly Community Masses, as well as other Seminary events.  Lay students have a dedicated lounge available to them where they can relax in between classes, come together for camaraderie, as well as gather for their monthly Lay Formation meeting.

Register to Become an Alumni:

Degrees are awarded by Western University through the Seminary's affiliation with King's University College. Lay Graduates at St. Peter's Seminary receive the annual Alumni Bulletin magazine and an Alumni Card.

  • Application
    • Deadline: July 1st
    • Bursary applications are available (contact the Director of Lay Formation for details)
    • Go to Admissions or contact the Office of the Registrar: 519-432-1824 or 1-888-548-9649

Director of Formation:

For more Information on Degree Programs for Lay Students or to schedule an appointment to discuss program options, please contact:

Bernardine Ketelaars, D.Min.
Director of Lay Formation,
519-432-1824 ext. 203 / 1-888-548-9649 ext. 203 or

We look forward to the opportunity to journey with you through the process of ongoing formation.

"In the work of formation some convictions reveal themselves as particularly necessary and fruitful.  First of all, there is a conviction that one cannot offer a true and effective formation to others if the individual has not taken on or developed a personal responsibility for formation:  this, in fact, is essentially a "formation of self."

Christifideles Laici (63)