The Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College is recognized by the Province of Alberta, and the MA (Christian Studies) degree is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). This degree is a Designated Learning Program and eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit under the DLI number 019256741082.

Master of Christian Studies (MCS)

This graduate-level degree program is designed for those seeking more theological grounding whether in a ministry setting or as Christian laymen and women in any profession. Upon graduation students will know their Bible better, be more established in the teachings of Christianity, and understand better how to interact with others in a pluralistic world.





1. The prerequisite for this degree is a B.A. degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university

2. A total of 48 credit hours is required for the completion of the degree


Degree Outcomes


1. Graduates will have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Bible and its teachings.

2. Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding and appreciation of Christian doctrine and heritage.

3. Graduates will have gained a general understanding of Christianity in relation to other worldviews.

Master of Christian Studies (MCS)
Biblical Studies
2B1311 Old Testament I 3
2B1312 Old Testament II 3
2B2311 New Testament I 3
2B2312 New Testament II 3
2B3213 2B3213 Biblical Interpretation 2
2B3214 2B3214 Biblical Backgrounds 2
2E2221 2E2221 Effective Bible Teaching 2
Total 18
Theological & Historical Studies
2T1213 Christian Theology I 2
2T1214 Christian Theology II 2
2T2311 Christian Ethics 3
2H1214 History of Christianity 2
2H2111 Baptist Distinctives 1
Total 10
Christianity & the World
2P3221 Evangelism 2
2H3211 Missiology 2
2T4221 Christianity & Other Faiths 2
2T2223 Christian Apologetics 2
2P3215 Spiritual Formation 2
Total 10
Summative Evaluation
2P2251 Summative Evaluation 2
Free Electives
Credit Hours 8
Total credits Master of Christian Studies (MCS) 48

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this degree accredited?

Yes! Our Master of Christian Studies degree (MCS) was approved by the Association of Theological Schools in June.


Can it really be taken completely online?

Yes! The courses will be offered in a four year rotation.


Can I enroll in this degree if I am an on-campus student?

Yes. The degree could be completed on-campus in two full-time years of study.


How much does this degree cost?

Like all of our degrees, the cost is per credit hour, so you pay as you go. There is also a small technology fee for online courses. Check with the Business Office for current tuition fees as well as available scholarships.


Who teaches the online courses?

Many schools farm out their online courses to adjunct instructors. At CSBS you will have the same top-shelf faculty in the virtual classroom that you have in the classrooms on campus.


How is this degree different from the other degrees at CSBS?

The MCS (48 credit hours) differs from the Master of Divinity (92 credit hours) and the Master of Christian Ministry (60 credit hours) in that it is not primarily designed for those who want comprehensive ministry training.  Students taking the MCS are not required to complete field education (capstone ministry project) as in the other two degrees, for example. There is some similarity between the MCS and the Master of Biblical Studies (MBS). Both are 48 credit hours and can be completed entirely online. However, the MCS does not require a student to take either Greek of Hebrew. It is ideal for lay leaders who want deeper biblical and theological grounding as well as orientation in engaging our world.


What courses are required for the MCS degree?

See the CSBS&C website for a complete listing of courses and course descriptions. The first course in this program, which will be offered online this fall is “Biblical Interpretation.” So why not get started right away?!


For further questions not answered here contact the Registrar, Kathleen McNaughton (

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