Certificate in Theological Studies (Post-Baccalaureate)

The Certificate in Theological Studies (Post-Baccalaureate), conjointly awarded by The University of St. Michael’s College and the University of Toronto, provides university graduates with a general university-level foundation in Christian studies. It may provide academic background for those interested in making applications to masters degrees. The conjoint Certificate can be earned through coursework alone and is intended to be flexible and accessible to students in full-time employment.

It requires seven semester courses (3.5 FCE) and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time students will be able to complete all requirements within two semesters. A full-time course load is five (0.5 FCE) courses a semester.

The certificate must be completed within four academic years of first registration.

  • Program Outline

    The Conjoint Certificate in Theological Studies (Post-Baccalaureate), one-year, seven-credit courses in Christian studies, can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The certificate must be completed within four academic years of first registration. Full-time students (taking five 0.5 FCE courses a semester) will be able to complete all requirements within two semesters. Students are required to take a minimum of 1 course (0.5 FCE) each Fall and Winter semester, and be registered in consecutive academic years until completion, with the exception of approved Leaves of Absence.

    Students in the certificate program are not permitted to take graduate-level (TST 5000s and 6000-level courses).

  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, college, or Indigenous Institute with a CGPA of 2.7. Normally this should be a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in a field of the humanities or social sciences. Where applicants have a different post-secondary background, TST may require them to begin their conjoint Certificate with courses that will build their skills of research, critical thinking, and expository writing.

  • Program Requirements

    Five foundational courses (1000-level) from among the historic sub-disciplines of theological studies as indicated below:

    • Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
    • New Testament
    • Theology (systematic theology, historical theology, dogmatic theology)
    • History of Christianity
    • Another area of Theological Studies (such as theological ethics, philosophy of religion, comparative theology, apologetics, pastoral or practical theology, spirituality, linguistics, etc.).
    • Two additional courses will be taken (with TST course codes numbered in the 2000s and 3000s), in order that students can achieve degree-level expectations in depth of knowledge.
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