The Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University offers programs leading to a graduate diploma in Couple Counseling and Spirituality, and to a Master of Arts (MA) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling and Spirituality, all conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and of the University of Ottawa, with which Saint Paul is federated.
The objective of the master’s program is to train specialists to counsel and guide couples or individuals with regard to their values, their spirituality, as well as both their individual and couple dynamics and to prepare graduates for a career in research.
Each concentration of the MA program includes three components: knowledge acquisition; a research project or thesis; and professional practice.
The MA program is offered in French and in English on a full-time basis, with part-time registration permitted only under exceptional circumstances. In accordance with University regulations, students are permitted to write assignments, exams, and theses in either French or English.
A collaborative program in Feminist and Gender Studies at the MA level is also offered.
Specialization: Collaborative Program in Feminist and Gender Studies
Students admitted to the MA in Counseling and Spirituality may add a specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies.
To do so, they must apply to the Collaborative Program in Feminist and Gender Studies at the Master's level and must meet the requirements of both programs (courses in Feminist and Gender Studies are normally counted as part of the student's primary program requirements).
Students must complete the two compulsory courses (FEM5103 Feminist Methodologies; FEM5300 Feminist Theories) before their first enrollment for the major research paper or thesis.
The thesis or major research paper must be on a topic related to women, gender, feminism, or sexualities. The proposed topic must be approved by the Feminist and Gender Studies Graduate Committee as well as by the student’s primary program. The thesis or major research paper must demonstrate knowledge of feminist scholarship in the field or fields appropriate to the topic, and of feminist methodologies where applicable.
Thesis or Major Research Paper Proposal: The thesis or major research paper proposal must be approved by the Feminist and Gender Studies Graduate Committee as well as by the primary program. Usually, the thesis or major research paper proposal is submitted to Feminist and Gender Studies by the end of the third term of the first year of studies.
The thesis supervisor must possess Feminist and Gender Studies expertise. In the case of a major research paper, the supervisor should, ideally, possess Feminist and Gender Studies expertise. If not, one of the readers must possess such expertise. Joint supervision by a professor from the participating unit and a professor chosen by the Feminist and Gender Studies Graduate Committee may be appropriate in some cases.
Examiner or Reader: One of the examiners (for the thesis) or reader (for the major research paper) must be a person approved by the Feminist and Gender Studies Graduate Committee.