Advanced Degree Programs

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), 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

    DMin applications will be accepted until November 24, 2017.

    For all other AD Program application deadlines, please refer to the TST website.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (PhD)

    The doctoral program aims 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. For more information, please consult Advanced Degree Director Dr. Michael Attridge or contact the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies at the Toronto School of Theology.

     

    All St. Michael’s PhD degrees are granted conjointly with the University of Toronto.

    Admission Requirements

    • 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 master’s 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.

    N.B. 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.

    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

    A minimum of two years of full-time residence is required. The student shall complete 12 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 Degree (DMin)

    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 and application procedures], 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)

    The ThM program is designed to deepen a student’s knowledge of theology and further their preparation for pastoral ministry or for doctoral study. The thesis option (Option I below) is intended to prepare students for doctoral studies and consists of six courses followed by a thesis. The major paper option (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.

    N.B. 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)

    The MA in Theology provides students with a graduate-level competence in several areas of theological study, preparing students for doctoral work.

    Admission Requirements

    • An applicant is normally required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology or a major or specialist in Theology or Religious Studies, or equivalent, from a recognized degree granting institution, with at least B+ standing (or equivalent).
    • Alternatively, an applicant may present a second-entry degree in Theological Studies, such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS), representing at least two years of full-time studies or equivalent past the undergraduate bachelor’s, with a minimum of a B+ standing (or equivalent).
    • Typically, there are no language requirements for admission into the program, unless the primary sources for the proposed area of study are in a language or languages other than English (as in biblical studies). In such cases, applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in at least one language other than English.
    • Two academic letters of reference.
    • A brief statement of interest (not exceeding 500 words), identifying their research interests or proposed area of study.

    Program Requirements

    There are two options for the MA in Theological Studies:

    OPTION 1: Coursework and Master’s Research Paper (MRP)

    4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE) including:

    • TSJ 5001H Master’s Research Seminar (0.5 FCE)
    • A methodology course (0.5 FCE)
    • 4 elective courses (2.0 FCE)
    • The Master’s Research Paper (1.0 FCE)

    OPTION 2: Coursework only

    4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE) including:

    • TSJ 5001H Master’s Research Seminar (0.5 FCE)
    • A methodology course (0.5 FCE)
    • 6 elective courses (3.0 FCE)

    Languages

    During their program, students in both options may be required to demonstrate reading ability in a language in which relevant primary texts are written, or in which there is important secondary literature. Reading competence will normally be demonstrated by passing language examinations set by the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies. Language study will be recommended for those considering doctoral studies. Individual language requirements will be determined by the Graduate Coordinator.

    Program Length

    3 sessions full-time (Fall/Winter/Summer). This program is full-time only.

    Time Limit: 3 years

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