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Faculty of Theology

Programs of Study

Advanced Degree Program

Overview

The Master of Theology (ThM) affords the opportunity for further study to those who have completed an MDiv. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program offers advanced level theological reflection and research on the practice of ministry. The Master of Arts in Theology (MA in Theology), Doctor of Theology (ThD), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD in Theology) programs are designed to provide a research-oriented education to women and men preparing to teach and pursue research in universities, seminaries or schools of theology.

Application Deadlines

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted to the ThM, MA and conjoint ThD programs for Fall 2014. The deadline for applications is Thursday, January 9, 2014 for admission in September next year. DMin applications will be accepted until December 15 for admission in April next year. Further information is available at www.tst.edu

How to Apply for the Advanced Degree Program (see TST website)

Advanced Degree Programs: Course Descriptions

TST to open a Conjoint PhD Degree Program in Theological Studies in September 2015

The Toronto School of Theology (TST) expects to open a conjoint PhD degree program in Theological Studies to a class entering in September 2015. "Conjoint" means that the proposed PhD (in Theological Studies) will be offered conjointly by the University of Toronto and six TST member colleges. It will be administered by the TST's Graduate Centre for Theological Studies.
Students admitted into the ThD for Fall 2014-15 will have the option of transferring into the new conjoint PhD when it receives final approval. To do so, interested students must apply for “bridge” status. Please visit the TST website for more information, including the appropriate form. Students applying for advanced degree programs through the Faculty of Theology must be accepted by both the Faculty and the Toronto School of Theology.

Goals

The doctoral programs aim to develop competence that will enable students to make an original contribution to scholarship in a chosen area of specialization. These programs prepare students to teach theology and religious studies in a university or seminary and to do university-level research and writing.

The Toronto School of Theology (TST) and its seven member colleges are pleased to announce that planning is underway to shape the future direction of its programming.  Changes will increase excellence in research and in the preparation of learned leaders in religion and society.  As the TST consortium enters its 42nd year of operation and approaches the fourth renewal of the agreement governing its relation with the University of Toronto (UofT), plans include mounting a conjoint Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (PhD) with UofT.  The preparation of the internal study for the new program is nearing completion.  Faculty will be meeting soon to discuss potential fields of concentration.

The development of the new conjoint PhD program envisions that the current conjoint Doctor of Theology (ThD) will cease accepting admissions the same year that the new program is approved and begins to accept candidates.  The programs of students currently enrolled in the conjoint ThD will not be affected by the change.

TST is an ecumenical collaboration of Christian schools that welcomes dialogue and mutual exchange with other academic discipline and world religions.  For more information, visit www.tst.edu or contact Alan Hayes, Director of the Toronto School of Theology at alan.hayes@utoronto.ca, 416-978-4039

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelors degree, or its equivalent, in arts, from a recognized college or university.
  • A degree in theology (MDiv, MTS, ThM, or MA) from an accredited theological institution.
  • First-class standing (3.7 GPA / A- or better) in course work and a thesis. If a thesis was not required for the masters degree, substantial evidence of research ability (i.e., a 50 page paper) must be submitted with the application.
  • Language requirements: For admission into the Historical, Pastoral and Theological departments, the applicant must be “competent” (normally proven through transcript evidence of successful completion of a one-year university course or its equivalent within the previous four years, or by passing a written examination) in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies. The TST Advanced Degree Admissions Committee determines the entrance language based on the student’s statement of purpose and previous language study. Competence in a second language (determined by the supervisory committee) is required before proceeding to the comprehensives stage of the Program, with the provision that at least one language is a language of modern scholarship. A supervisory committee may require a student to demonstrate language skills beyond the above to support research in his or her area of specialization.

NB For admission, the Biblical Department requires proficiency (2 years of study) in biblical Hebrew for those specializing in Old Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Greek. Proficiency in biblical Greek is required for those specializing in New Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Hebrew. In addition competence in one modern language (German, French, Spanish, or Italian) is required. Before beginning the comprehensive examinations, doctoral students in the Biblical Department are required to establish competency in a second modern language and pass examinations demonstrating advanced ability in Greek and Hebrew commensurate with the candidate's major testament.

For more information on departmental supplemental requirements students should consult the current ThD and PhD Handbook
http://www.tst.edu/content/handbooks

Admission Scholarships

We offer up to four scholarships annually to qualified incoming doctoral students in the Faculty of Theology. Each scholarship guarantees $15,000 CAD per year for a period of four years for a total scholarship amount of $60,000 CAD each.

Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

A minimum of two years of full-time residence is required. The student shall complete twelve units of advanced degree work comprising courses and comprehensive exams; the number of each varies by department. Each student has a doctoral supervisory committee established by his/her department, which works with the student to draw up an individualized program of studies. Half of the required courses must be taken at the 5000 or 7000 level. In addition, all doctoral students shall take three units of study in areas of significantly different minor interest in their own or another TST department or in a department of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto. Upon completion of the course requirements, students take a series of comprehensive examinations, which must be completed within three years of initial registration. Within six years of initial registration the student shall submit a doctoral dissertation.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Goals

The DMin program is designed to develop excellence in the practice of ministry through a creative coordination of theological reflection, professional development, social analysis, and personal integration.

Admission Requirements

  • An MDiv degree or its equivalent with at least a B+ average (3.3 GPA).
  • Five years of ministerial experience.

Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

Participants carry out their studies (course work, comprehensive exam, ministry project, thesis) while engaged in some form of ministerial work. The program normally takes four years, and must be completed within six years.

Please refer to the TST website for program details: http://tst.edu/academic/programs/doctor-ministry-dmin and application procedures: http://www.tst.edu/prospective/how-apply-doctor-ministry-program or contact

Doctor of Ministry Director
Toronto School of Theology
47 Queens Park Cres. E.
Toronto ON M5S 2C3
Tel: (416) 978-6754
Fax: (416) 978-7821
Email: dmin.office@utoronto.ca

Master Of Theology (ThM)

Goals

The ThM program is designed to deepen student's knowledge of theology and further their preparation for pastoral ministry or for doctoral study. The thesis option (see Option I below) is intended to prepare students for doctoral studies and consists of six courses followed by a thesis. The major paper option (see Option II below) provides the opportunity for advanced study but does not lead to doctoral studies. This alternative consists of eight courses and a major paper.

Admission Requirements

  • A degree in Arts or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • A Master of Divinity from an accredited theological institution.
  • Second-class standing (3.3 GPA / B+) or better.
  • Language requirements
    (Option I) For admission into the Historical, Pastoral and Theological departments, the applicant must be “competent” (normally proven through transcript evidence of successful completion of a one-year university course or its equivalent within the previous four years, or by passing a written examination) in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies. The ADC Admissions Committee determines the entrance language based on the student’s statement of purpose and previous language study. Students must demonstrate competence in a second language before beginning the second year in their Program, with the provision that at least one language is a language of modern scholarship.


    NB: For admission, the Biblical Department requires proficiency (2 years of study) in biblical Hebrew for those specializing in Old Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Greek. Proficiency in biblical Greek is required for those specializing in New Testament studies, together with competence in biblical Hebrew. Competence in one modern language (German, French, Spanish, or Italian) is also required before beginning the second year in the program.


  • (Option II) Requires language competence as appropriate to the area of study.

Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

No full-time residence is required for the ThM. The program is to be completed in not less than one year and not more than six years from the time of original registration.
Students are admitted into one of two options.
Option I: six courses, of which four are in an area of major interest and two in other areas, plus a thesis in the area of major interest.
Option II: eight courses, of which six are in an area of major interest and two in other areas, up to half of which may be at the 3000 level if there is no 6000 level version, plus an extended essay from one of the courses.

Master of Arts in Theology (MA)

Goals

The MA in Theology is designed to provide students with graduate level competence in several areas of theological study. It offers opportunities for advanced work in areas of particular interest to the student and prepares him or her for admission to a doctoral program. The MA in Theology may be earned in biblical, historical, pastoral or theological studies. When students are planning their program in consultation with a faculty advisor, initially the AD director of their college of registration, care will be taken to select courses that reflect the ecumenical nature of the Toronto School of Theology.

Admission Requirements

  • A degree in Arts from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Second-class standing (3.3 GPA / B+) or better.

N.B. Students with the MDiv or its equivalent who are seeking to earn an advanced degree in theology at the Masters level normally enrol in the ThM program.

Duration of Studies and Program Requirements

The MA in Theology is designed as a four-semester (two year) program, consisting of twelve courses (seven required and five elective courses), language requirements and the completion of a masters thesis. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. In keeping with TST regulations, students have a maximum of six years to complete the MA. Normally, candidates will take twelve courses in three semesters (i.e., four courses per semester) and complete a masters thesis in the final semester (the equivalent of four courses). The program is outlined below.

  1. The Seven Required Courses
    1. One course at the 1000 level in each of the following five areas:
      1. History of Christianity (One of Christianity I, Christianity II, Christianity III)
      2. Theological foundations
      3. Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament
      4. New Testament
      5. Christian ethics
    2. One course from offerings at the 5000 or 6000 level in any of the four departments of the Toronto School of Theology dealing with the intersection of Theology/Religion and any of the following:
      1. World Religions (e.g., another religion, comparative religions, inter-religious dialogue, etc.)
      2. Humanities (e.g., art, literature, philosophy, political studies, etc.)
      3. Social Sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, etc.) or
      4. Physical Sciences (e.g., cosmology, ecology, health sciences, etc.)
    3. SMJ5500 Research Methods, offered by the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College.
  2. The Five Electives
  3. Five courses in the area of specialization (biblical, historical, pastoral, theological). At least two of these courses must be at the 5000 level, the remainder at the 5000, 6000 or 7000 level. No more than two 7000 level courses may be taken for credit towards the program. Consult the MA Handbook for specific departmental regulations concerning the electives.

  4. Language Requirements
  5. Research competency in one ancient language (Hebrew, Greek, or Latin) OR one modern language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) is required before the student may proceed to the thesis stage of the program. No substitutions are permitted.
    N.B. Before MA students in the Biblical Department begin electives, they must have competence in both biblical Hebrew and biblical Greek, and before they present a thesis proposal they must have demonstrated proficiency in the language of the Testament of major interest.

  6. Thesis
  7. The MA thesis conforms to the regulations set by the TST for the Advanced Degree level. Refer to the thesis sections in the MA Handbook.

  8. Exemptions

Students possessing the MDiv or the MTS who desire the MA in Theology may receive transfer credit for the five courses listed under 1 a) and/or their equivalent from other accredited institutions. However, such students are required to take SMJ 5500 Research Methods. Students who have the equivalent of one or more of the required courses under 1 a) at the 1000 level but who do not have the MDiv or MTS, may substitute a course in the same area at the 2000 or 3000 level.

Basic Degree Programs: MDiv, MTS, MRE, MACL

Overview

The Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Master of Religious Education (MRE) and Master of Arts in Catholic Leadership (MACL) degrees, as well as the Diploma programs, specialize in education and formation for ministry, including the ordained ministry, religious education and other pastoral ministries, especially in the Roman Catholic Church. The Diploma in Religious Education (DipRE) is designed for persons involved in the ministry of religious education, either formally or informally.

How to Apply for Basic Degree Programs

Complete and send the degree application form together with the $25 application fee and the Letter of Intent to the Student Services Office by the following timelines:

  • by the last Friday in June for those wishing to begin studies in September.
  • by the last Friday in November for those wishing to begin studies in January.
  • by the last Friday in March for those wishing to begin studies in the intersession term (April-May).
  • by the last Friday in May for those wishing to begin studies in the summer term (July-August).

Letters of recommendation (normally letters are of an academic and/or professional nature) must be submitted directly by those writing the letters. Official transcripts must be submitted directly by the respective educational institutions.
N.B. Applications received after these deadlines cannot be guaranteed consideration.

The Faculty reserves the right to determine whether or not credentials of other degree-granting institutions meet the standards for admission to the Faculty programs. Admission decisions are final and are not appealable.



Basic Degree Programs: Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available online at http://www.tst.edu/course/listings. All degree programs must be completed within eight years of initial registration. They may be earned on a full-time or part-time basis. At least one half of all courses for degree programs must be St Michael's courses taken on campus. St Michael's off campus courses, on-line courses or courses taken from other TST colleges are not counted toward this.

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Goals

This professional program is designed for the theological education of men and women for leadership in the Church in both lay and ordained ministerial roles. The curriculum thus seeks to assist students:

  • To reflect on Scripture and Tradition in light of their original contexts.
  • To interpret them in light of present-day Church teaching and in terms of contemporary thought and experience.
  • To identify and address the major social issues of the day from the perspective of Scripture and the Church's teaching.
  • To enter into interpersonal and community situations with sympathy and perspective.
  • To communicate the gospel in a way that speaks to contemporary pastoral and social situations.

Additional Admission Requirements for the MDiv

Fifteen semester hours (five courses) of philosophy are required, especially metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, ethics, and some aspects of the history of philosophy. Those who lack the full requirements in philosophy are required to take additional courses in philosophy during their first year of study in the MDiv program. These courses do not count as credits towards the degree.

Program Requirements

Thirty courses, or their equivalent in the case of transfer students, are required for the MDiv degree. An average of B- (2.7 GPA), with no mark below B-, is requisite for the MDiv degree. In some cases, a student may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previously completed graduate-level work. The student must submit the request in writing to the Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing and supply official transcripts for the desired credits.
A student may wish to be exempted from particular courses or curricular requirements because of previous studies or experience. In such cases the student must have permission from the professor of the course(s) in question. If the exemption is granted, the student must substitute another course in the same area to fulfill the requirement.

With the approval of the Basic Degree Director, the instructor, and the department concerned, students may substitute supervised reading or tutorial programs for listed courses.
N.B. The minimum requirements for the MDiv degree do not necessarily fulfill all the academic and pastoral training needs of those preparing for ministry in today's Church. Students are encouraged to complete additional courses in which they have a special interest or which might be necessary for achieving their personal ministerial goals. Candidates for ordination may be advised to supplement the degree requirements with an additional year of full or part-time study. Each student has a faculty advisor to assist in planning a personalized course of study.

Duration of Studies and Course Load

  • A minimum of two semesters are to be devoted to full-time study.
  • A minimum residency of one year of full-time study is required or, for transfer students, ten units o. TST work completed within a twelve month period.
  • The degree may not be completed less than three years or six semesters of study.

Curriculum

The thirty (30) units of study are distributed as follows:

Biblical Department (5 units)

  • Introduction in the Old Testament (SMB1007)
  • 1 unit in Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
  • 1 unit from the Pauline corpus
  • 1 unit in either Old or New Testament

History Department (3 units)

  • History of Christianity I (SMH1010)
  • History of Christianity II
  • History of Catholicism (1648-Present) or History of Christianity III

Pastoral Theology Department (3 units)

  • Canon Law
  • 1 unit, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counselling or Spiritual Direction
  • 1 unit, pastoral elective

Theology Department (10 units)

  • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
  • Trinity
  • Christology
  • Christian Anthropology
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Fundamental Christian Ethics (SMT1904)
  • Human Sexuality & Marriage (SMT3931)
  • Justice: Individual and Social (SMT3925)
  • Introduction to Liturgy (SMT2402)

Core Systematic and Ethics units must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.
N.B. Students who choose to take the "Sacrament" course in two parts must take both at the same College. Students should seek advice from their academic advisors.

Ministry and Theological Field Education (4 units)

  • 1 Unit, Theology of Ministry: SMP2600
  • 2 units, Field Placemenet and Theological Reflection Seminar (see below)
  • 1 unit comprised of 3 Pastoral Skills Units.
  • Theological Field Education (4 units)

Free Electivies (5 units)

  • 5 units from any area, which may include no more than 3 units of Greek, Hebrew, and/or Latin.

Theological Education and Spiritual and Pastoral Formation

Theological education for ministry includes sound academic studies, some experience of supervised practice in ministry, and opportunities for spiritual and pastoral formation. The Spiritual and Pastoral Formation includes: liturgical practice and opportunities for guided spiritual reflection, Theological Field Education (TFE), Pastoral Skills Units (PSU), a Learning Portfolio, and a Summative Evaluation for Ministry (SEM).

Theological Field Education

Theological Field Education begins with an orientation to field based learning in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry. It continues in an approved field placement where students engage in pastoral action and supervised theological and pastoral reflection on their learning. Upon completion of the Supervised Field Placement, the students participate on campus in the course, SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar, a guided group experience focused on identifying their operative theology in pastoral practice and on articulating their self-understanding as pastoral ministers. Students should consult with the Director of Pastoral Formation by the end of their participation in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry, for assistance with developing their field based learning goals and the placement suitable for pursuing these goals.

The Field Education Cycle includes:

  • SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry
  • A Supervised Field Placement (SFP) for a minimum of 250 hours where the students engage in forms of pastoral practice which challenge them to grow in theological integration and self-identity as pastoral ministers. The students and supervisors articulate this learning experience in a Learning Agreement. The Director of Pastoral Formation approves both the placement site and the learning agreement.
  • SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar upon completion of the SFP.

Students need to consult with their academic advisors and the Director of Pastoral Formation regarding the timing for completing the three components in the Theological Field Education program, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters. Upon completing the latter two requirements, two units of credit in Theological Field Education are granted.

Field Education timelines:

  • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
  • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
  • For summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.

Placements may be selected from a list of sites as provided by the Office of Pastoral Formation and include the following:

  • Already approved St Michael's/TST sites
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) and Supervised Pastoral Education (S.P.E.)
  • New sites to be approved in accordance with the students learning goals

Students should note that some placements are available only during the regular school year (September May) and others are available only during the summer months.
Evaluation of the students in the Theological Field Education program is an ongoing process involving a learning log, supervisory sessions, and written reports at the completion of the supervised field placement. The Theological Reflection Seminar also entails written work on pastoral practice and a concluding interview with the Director of Pastoral Formation.

MDiv Thesis Option

MDiv students who maintain an A- average at the end of the second year of their program may choose to write a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the MDiv degree. Students are given two full semesters to write their theses. After two full semesters, students must apply for an extension and will be charged a program continuation fee. Further information is available from the Director of Basic Degree Programs.

Fourth Year Studies

Some Catholic dioceses or religious congregations require a fourth year of theological study for ordination candidates. Requirements for this additional year vary. The Faculty of Theology accommodates these students by providing additional academic instruction and pastoral training experiences.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Goals

This program is designed to strengthen the religious basis of the individual's life and work, whether in a secular career or church-related career, by providing the individual with a general theological understanding as well as the opportunity for some in-depth study and specialization. The curriculum is organized:

  • To facilitate the attainment of survey knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition with the possibility of attaining a focused knowledge in a specific discipline
  • To enable students to think theologically by considering different theological areas, perspectives and methods
  • To allow a level of freedom that respects and builds upon a person's interests, abilities and past experiences and encourages that individual's commitment to life-long learning

A total of twenty units of study with a minimum B- average (2.7 GPA), with no mark below B-, are necessary to complete the degree.

Curriculum

The twenty (20) units of study consist of foundational courses, in-depth courses, electives, and a summative exercise, as follows:

Foundational Courses (5 units)

  • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
  • Introduction to the Old Testament. (SMB1007)
  • 1 unit, History of Christianity I, II or III, or History of Catholicism (1648-present)
  • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
  • Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)

In-Depth Courses (7 units)

  • any course in Old Testament
  • any course in New Testament
  • one course on Trinity
  • one course in Christology
  • one course in social, sexual, biomedical, or ecological ethics
  • any course in Church History
  • Theology of Ministry, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counselling, or Spiritual Direction

N.B. Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Electives (7-8 units)

  • A total of seven or eight (7 or 8) free electives, depending on which Summative Exercise option is chosen.
  • No more than three units of Greek, Hebrew, and or Latin may be included.

MTS Specialization

Students may choose a specialization consisting of a total of six courses from one of the major divisions (Scripture, Systematic Theology, History or Pastoral). In-depth courses and electives may be counted toward a specialization.

Summative Exercise (1-2 units)

Students may complete the degree in one of three (3) ways: a Field Education option, a Thesis option, or a Research Paper option.

Field Education Option (2 units)

  • 1 unit, Theology of Ministry (SMP 2600). Students wishing to complete the MTS program in two years take this course in their first year, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters.
  • A minimum of 1 unit consisting of at least 100 hours in an approved placement site and a one-semester Theological Reflection Seminar. Students may take a two (2) unit Field Education program or a second one (1) unit program with the second unit counted as one of the electives.
  • The Theological Reflection Seminar constitutes the summative exercise for this degree option. Consult the Director of Pastoral Formation and Field Education about this component.
  • Students who choose the Thesis option may also choose to take the Theology of Ministry and Field Education/Theological Reflection Seminar courses as electives. Field Education timelines:
    • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
    • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
    • For summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.

MTS Thesis Option (2 units)

MTS students who maintain a minimum A- average, normally after completion of fifteen courses, may choose to write a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the MTS degree. The thesis is worth 2 units of study and comprises the summative exercise for this option. Students are given two full semesters to write their theses. After two full semesters, students must apply for an extension and will be charged a program continuation fee. Further information is available from the Director of Basic Degree Programs.

Research Paper Option (1 unit)

Students may also choose to complete the degree with a major research paper. This paper should be 8000 to 9000 words, and is evaluated by one reader, who may also be the director. This option is worth 1 unit of study, leaving the rest of the degree to be fulfilled with a further elective course.

Master of Religious Education (MRE)

Goals

This professional program is designed to prepare individuals for the ministry of religious education. It welcomes women and men from various aspects of this ministry such as teaching or supervising in schools, parishes, dioceses, or international settings. The curriculum assists students:

  • To appropriate and integrate the Catholic intellectual heritage and its relevance for educational ministry in current cultural contexts,
  • To develop and apply the knowledge and skills required for inclusive educational ministry, in response to contemporary social issues, from a faith perspective, and
  • To foster growth in personal and spiritual maturity, capacity for authentic public witness, and a commitment to life-long learning.

Additional Requirements for Admission to the MRE

Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time experience in teaching or other forms of education ministry. Applicants without full-time experience should provide a resume detailing comparable experiences. The teaching experience need not be in school-based education, but may be of a more informal nature. If there is some question, an interview with the Basic Degree Director may be required.

Program Requirements

Depending on a student's qualifications, between sixteen and twenty courses, or their equivalent in the case of transfer students, are required for the MRE degree. An average of B- (2.7 GPA) with no mark below B- is requisite for the granting of the degree.
A student may wish to be exempted from particular courses or curricular requirements because of previous study or experience. In such cases a student must have permission from the professor of the course(s) in question. If exemption is granted, the student must substitute another course in the same area to fulfill the requirement.

Curriculum

The sixteen to twenty (16-20) units of study are distributed as follows:

Biblical Department (3 units)

  • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
  • Introduction to the Old Testament. (SMB1007)
  • 1 unit from either the Old Testament or the New Testament.

Theology Department (5 units)

  • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
  • 1 unit, Christology or Trinity
  • 1 unit Sacramental Theology or Liturgy
  • Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)
  • Catholic Social Teaching (SMJ3609)
  • Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

History Department (1 unit)

  • 1 unit, History of Christianity I, II or III, or History of Catholicism (1648-present)

Pastoral Department: Religious Education (4 to 6 units)

  • Faith Development Across the Lifespan (SMP 3421)
  • Catholic Educational Documents (SMP 3428)
  • 4 electives in the area of Religious Education.

N.B. A student who has a BEd or equivalent may be exempt from one Religious Education elective. A student who has completed OECTA III or shows evidence of completing it during the MRE program may receive the same exemption.

Free Electives (1 to 3 units)

  • 3 electives from any department.

N.B.A Student with 1 year of full-time teaching experience or a student with two (2) years in parish catechesis/religious education may have one free elective reduced from the program. A student with a second year of full-time teaching experience may have a second free elective reduced from the program.

Theological Field Education (2 units)

Theological Field Education begins with an orientation to field based learning in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry. It continues in an approved field placement where students engage in pastoral action and supervised theological and pastoral reflection on their learning. Upon completion of the Supervised Field Placement, the students participate on campus in the course, SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar, a guided group experience focused on identifying their operative theology in pastoral practice and on articulating their self-understanding as pastoral ministers. Students should consult with the Director of Pastoral Formation by the end of their participation in the course, SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry, for assistance with developing their field based learning goals and the placement suitable for pursuing these goals.

The Field Education Cycle includes:

  • SMP 2600: Theology of Ministry
  • A Supervised Field Placement (SFP) for a minimum of 100 hours where the students engage in forms of pastoral practice which challenge them to grow in theological integration and self-identity as pastoral ministers. The students and supervisors articulate this learning experience in a Learning Agreement. The Director of Pastoral Formation approves both the placement site and the learning agreement.
  • SMF 3010: Theological Reflection Seminar upon completion of the SFP.
  • Students need to consult with their academic advisors and the Director of Pastoral Formation regarding the timing for completing the three components in the Theological Field Education program, as the full sequence of Theology of Ministry, Field Placement and Theological Reflection Seminar requires a minimum of three semesters. Upon completing the latter two requirements, one unit of credit in Theological Field Education is granted.
  • Field Education timelines:
    • For September Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in June.
    • For January Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by last Friday in November.
    • For summer Field Education: notify Director of Field Education by third Friday in March.
    Placements may be selected from a list of sites as provided by the Office of Pastoral Formation and include the following:
  • Already approved University of St Michael's/Toronto School of Theology sites
  • New sites to be approved in accordance with the students learning goals.

Students should note that some placements are available only during the regular school year (September May) and others are available only during the summer months.

Evaluation of the students in the Theological Field Education program is an ongoing process involving a learning log, supervisory sessions, and written reports at the completion of the supervised field placement. The Theological Reflection Seminar also entails written work on pastoral practice and a concluding interview with the Director of Pastoral Formation.

Further Study

In some cases, MRE graduates are admissible to advanced degree programs subject to establishing MDiv equivalency. This normally requires one year of study beyond the MRE. Graduates wishing to pursue advanced degree studies should consult with the Advanced Degree Director in planning this year of study. The Advanced Degree Programs section of this Bulletin provides further information.

MRE and the Ontario College of Teachers

The MRE degree is one of the Masters degrees recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. Students who successfully complete the program may use it for entrance into the Principal's Qualification Program and/or the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program.

Master of Arts in Catholic Leadership (MACL)

Goals

This program aims to enable Catholic principals, vice-principals, chaplaincy team members, department heads and others aspiring to positions of leadership in Catholic education, health or social service institutions:

  • To acquire knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition and the ability to think theologically.
  • To develop and apply the knowledge and skills required for inclusive institutional leadership, in relation to social and ecclesial communities.
  • To foster an authentic personal and spiritual foundation for the responsible exercise of leadership.

Program Requirements

A total of sixteen units of study with a minimum average of B- (GPA 2.7), with no mark below B-, are necessary to complete the degree. The program requires a minimum of two years of study.

Curriculum

The sixteen (16) units of study are distributed as follows:

Biblical Department (3 units)

  • Introduction to the Old Testament (SMB1007)
  • Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
  • Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
  • 1 unit in Trinity or Christology
  • 1 unit in Sacramental Theology or Liturgy
  • Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)
  • Ethical Issues in Catholic Leadership (SMT3902)
  • Catholic Social Teaching (SMJ3609)
  • Canonical Issues in Catholic Leadership
  • 1 unit, History of Christianity I, II or III, or History of Catholicism (1648-present)
  • Theology of Ministry (SMP 2600)
  • Leadership Theory and Christian Praxis
  • Cultural Context and Catholic Leadership

Core Systematic and Ethics units must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Regular Option:

  • Two (2) Free Electives
  • 1 unit, MACL Practicum

PQP Option:

  • One (1) Free Elective
  • 2 units, Principals' Qualification Program (PQP)

The Princiapls' Qualification Program is a 250-hour program designed and administered by the Catholic Principals Council of Ontario (CPCO). Because of its highly practical nature, the PQP could serve in the place of the MACL Practicum and one free elective. Students who do not choose a PQP option would take one unit of MACL Practicum with two free electives.

Non-Degree Programs

Overview

The Diploma Programs offer flexibility in course selection. Ten units of study constitute each diploma program. A student has a maximum of eight years within which to complete all requirements of the program on a full-time or part-time basis. The Diploma Programs offer flexibility in course selection. Ten units of study constitute each diploma program. A student has a maximum of eight years within which to complete all requirements of the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Diploma in Religious Education Program (DipRE) is designed for persons involved in the ministry of religious education, either formally or informally. It is also intended to help persons who desire to update their knowledge of theology or previous training in catechetics and religious education. In particular, it is aimed at persons involved in parish-based religious education and catechesis with children, youth, or adults, including preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The Diploma in Theological Studies Program (DipTS) is designed for those persons interested in updating or renewing previous theological study, such as persons on sabbatical or research leave, or those interested in the study of theology for personal enrichment. 

In expressing a concern for the ecological crisis of the planet, the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology (EAITE) within the Faculty offers aCertificate of Specialization in Theology and Ecology in most of the graduate programs.

How to Apply for Non-degree Programs

Complete and send the application form together with the $25 application fee and the Letter of Intent to the Student Services Office by the following timelines:

  • by the last Friday in June for those wishing to begin studies in September.
  • by the last Friday in November for those wishing to begin studies in January.
  • by the last Friday in March for those wishing to begin studies in the intersession term (April-May).
  • by the last Friday in May for those wishing to begin studies in the summer term (July-August).

Letters of recommendation (normally letters are of an academic and/or professional nature) must be submitted directly by those writing the letters. Official transcripts must be submitted directly by the respective educational institutions.
N.B. Applications received after these deadlines cannot be guaranteed consideration.

The Faculty reserves the right to determine whether or not credentials of other degree-granting institutions meet the standards for admission to the Faculty programs. Admission decisions are final and are not appealable.

Non-Degree / Diplomas

Diplomas: Diploma in Theological Studies (DipTheoStud); Diploma in Religious Education (DipRelEd)

Certificates: Certificate in Theology and Ecology; Certificates in Easter Christian Studies



Non-Degree Programs: Course Descriptions

Diploma In Theological Studies (DipTheoStud)

Purpose

The Diploma in Theological Studies Program is designed for those persons interested in updating or renewing previous theological study, such as persons on sabbatical or research leave, or those interested in the study of theology for personal enrichment.

Curriculum

The ten (10) units of study are distributed as follows:

  • 1 unit, Introduction to the Old Testament. (SMB1007)
  • 1 unit, Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501)
  • 1 unit, Foundations of Theology (SMT1101)
  • 1 unit, Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904)
  • 4 units of choice from any department within the TST
  • 2 units of choice from any department in the TST including Field Education or, with permission, 2 units of study from other related departments in the University of Toronto. Students must complete a minimum of 5 units of study including Theology of Ministry (SMP 2600) before applying for Field Education. For a complete description of Field Education refer to the description found in the section of this Bulletin under the Master of Divinity program. Diploma students choosing the Field Education elective need to complete 100 hours of placement.

N.B. Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Diploma In Religious Education (DipRelEd)

Purpose

The Diploma in Religious Education Program is designed for persons involved in the ministry of religious education, either formally or informally. It is also intended to help persons who desire to update their knowledge of theology or previous training in catechetics and religious education. In particular, it is aimed at persons involved in parish-based religious education and catechesis with children, youth, or adults, including preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Curriculum

The ten (10) units of study are distributed as follows:

  • 1 unit, Introduction to the New Testament (SMB1501).
  • 1 unit, Introduction to the Old Testament.(SMB1007).
  • 1 unit, Foundations of Theology (SMT1101).
  • 1 unit, Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics (SMT1904).
  • 1 unit, Sacramental Theology or Liturgy.
  • 4 units of choice from the religious education courses in the Pastoral Department. (The course SMP 3432, History of Religious Education, is strongly recommended).
  • 1 unit, free elective, including Field Education. Those choosing the elective in Field Education must have completed five (5) courses as a prerequisite.

N.B. Core Systematic and Ethics courses must be taken from offerings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Certificate of Specialization in Theology and Ecology

The Certificate of Specialization in Theology and Ecology is offered in most of the graduate programs at the Faculty. Students may complete this specialization concurrently with their studies in the MDiv, MRE, MTS, MACL, ThM and doctoral degree programmes. General requirements include at least two core courses and up to six further courses, including interdisciplinary, paradigm and eco-issue courses. Specific requirements vary slightly according to the student’s program of enrolment. Please visit the Elliott Allen Institute of Theology and Ecology (EAITE) website http://stmikes.utoronto.ca/theology/eaite/default.asp for more information. Or E-Mail eaite.contact@utoronto.ca