Tyndale Seminary and Booth University College have signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding to offer a master of theological studies (MTS) – Salvation Army studies. Dr. Donald Burke, president of Booth University College and Dr. Gary Nelson, president of Tyndale Seminary, signed the agreement at a ceremony on Tyndale's campus.

The new degree, jointly designed by Booth University College and Tyndale Seminary, is a specialized, contextualized graduate theological degree. Each institution brings a unique contribution to the joint venture. Booth University College, with its roots in the rich tradition of The Salvation Army brings theological perspective, ministry expertise and educational personnel needed to shape a specialization in Salvation Army studies within the framework of the MTS degree. Tyndale, Canada's largest seminary, has a well-established MTS degree in a multidenominational context, with a broad spectrum of courses in the theological disciplines taught by seasoned scholars and practitioners.

“We are working together to advance a mission that will be stronger than either institution might achieve on its own by offering an accredited MTS degree with a distinctive focus on Salvation Army studies,” says Nelson. “Tyndale is honoured to partner with Booth University College.”

To be launched in fall 2016, the degree is designed for students from across Canada and abroad. For distance learners, the MTS can be taken completely online. Residential courses will be offered at Tyndale in Toronto, at Booth in Winnipeg, and possibly at other sites. Courses will also be offered in a variety of delivery formats enhancing accessibility and flexibility. The first two courses in The Salvation Army specialization will be delivered through the Booth University College's School for Continuing Studies in intensive format in May and August 2017.

“We are proud to partner with Tyndale on this unique master's degree program, which is the only graduate theological program in the world to offer a specialization in Salvation Army studies,” says Burke. “As the educational hub for The Salvation Army leadership development training and education in Canada, Booth is pleased to share in this exciting program and announcement that is due to garner interest across North America and beyond."

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