Basic Degree Programs

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

Master’s degree leading to ministerial leadership: Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Master’s degree preparing for educational ministries: Master of Religious Education (MRE)
Master’s degrees preparing for specialized ministries: Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS); Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality (MAMS); Master of Sacred Music (MSMus)
Master’s Degrees offering a general introduction to theological scholarship: Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The information on this site represents the shared elements of the basic degree programs across the TST 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, reference must be made 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 TST member colleges.

Combined Degrees

It is possible to earn two degrees in TST 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 the TST’s Basic Degree Handbook and M.A. Handbook, though a specified number of courses can be used as credit towards both degrees (see M.A. 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 that they meet the entrance requirements of the M.A. The procedures for admission to the MDiv/MA program are outlined in the M.A. 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.


 


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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 TST colleges, prepares persons 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, with a view to their own enrichment or to setting 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. Both programs may comprise a measure of specialization and must include a summative exercise.


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