Master of Divinity (MDiv)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
An MDiv degree or its equivalent with at least a B+ average (3.3 GPA).
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
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.
(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.
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 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.
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:
OPTION 2: Coursework only
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.
3 sessions full-time (Fall/Winter/Summer). This program is full-time only.
Time Limit: 3 years
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