Basic Degree Programs

The following degrees are offered conjointly by Toronto School of theology member colleges and the University of Toronto. The degrees are listed below according to the categories of the Association for Theological Schools (ATS).

The information on this site represents the shared elements of the basic degree programs across the Toronto School of Theology federation. Specific information about the basic degree programs should be sought from the college offering the program, as each college sets its own unique curriculum for each program. For information about the admissions requirements, educational purposes, and curricular structures of a specific degree program, refer to the website of the member college that offers the program.

The Basic Degree Handbook outlines common policies and procedures for the basic degrees offered by the Toronto School of Theology member colleges.

Combined Degrees

It is possible to earn two degrees in Toronto School of Theology colleges in a combined degree program with some credits being counted for both degrees. The combined programs are administered directly by the colleges. There are three combined degree programs, which can be completed in four years rather than five:

The MDiv/MA is offered through Emmanuel College, Regis College, the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College and Wycliffe College. Admissions procedures and program requirements for each degree must be met as stipulated in TST’s Basic Degree Handbook and MA Handbook, though a specified number of courses can be used as credit towards both degrees (see MA Handbook 7.2.2; 7.4.1). The joint program requires a minimum of four full years of study (or equivalent). Students who wish to apply for the joint MDiv/MA program while in the MDiv program should consult with their college Advanced Degree Director to determine if they meet the entrance requirements of the MA. The procedures for admission to the MDiv/MA program are outlined in the MA Handbook, paragraph 3.5.

The MDiv/MRE is offered and administered through Knox College, and the University of St. Michael's College Faculty of Theology.

The MDiv/MPS is offered and administered through Emmanuel College.


To inquire further about the information on this page, contact the Registrar and Manager of Academic Services.


Programs

Offered by Regis College, the Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality (MAMS) has as its chief purpose the equipping of persons for competent leadership in a specialized area of ministry — pastoral ministry and spiritual direction.

The minimum requirement for this degree is twenty (20) courses or equivalent units, over a minimum of two years.

The primary purpose of the MRE is to equip persons for competent leadership in various forms of educational ministry in congregations and other religious institutions.

Twenty (20) courses over a minimum of two years can be completed on a part-time basis.

The MRE is offered by Knox College, St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College.

This program, offered by all Toronto School of Theology member colleges, prepares individuals for ordained ministry and for responsibilities of general pastoral and religious leadership in congregations and other settings.

The minimum requirement for this degree is thirty (30) courses or equivalent units (15 credits), over a three-year period. Students may take a longer time to complete this program, but a minimum of two sessions must be devoted to full-time work, and it is educationally appropriate for the program to be completed within eight calendar years.

Offered by Emmanuel College, the Master of Sacred Music's (MSMus) has as its chief purpose the equipping of persons for competent leadership in a specialized area of ministry — sacred music.

The minimum requirement for this degree is twenty (20) courses or equivalent units, over a minimum of two years.

Offered by Emmanuel College, the Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) has as its chief purpose the equipping of persons for competent leadership in a specialized area of ministry — pastoral care ministries.

The minimum requirement for this degree is twenty (20) courses or equivalent units, over a minimum of two years.

An academic program that provides students a general introduction to theological scholarship, for their own enrichment or to establish a theological context within which to exercise their own ministry or apostolate within the world.

The minimum requirement for the MTS, offered by all TST colleges, is twenty (20) courses or equivalent units, over a minimum of two years.

The program may comprise a measure of specialization and must include a summative exercise.


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