Graduate Degree Programs

The Toronto School of Theology (TST) has the largest graduate program in theology in Canada, with nearly 400 students registered in TST's graduate degree programs.

TST offers two advanced master's degrees, the Master of Theology (ThM) and the Master of Arts in Theology (MA). The ThM degree is granted conjointly by the University of Toronto and the TST member school in which the student is registered. The MA degree is granted by the University of St. Michael's College.

TST's doctoral program leads towards the Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (PhD), granted conjointly by the University of Toronto and the TST member school in which the student is registered.

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is a professional doctoral degree granted conjointly by the University of Toronto and the TST member school in which the student is registered.

Academic policies for the graduate degree programs are administered collaboratively by the Director of the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies (GCTS) and by the Director of Advanced Degree Studies in the student's college of registration (college AD Director). The GCTS office, located in the TST building, supports the administration of the graduate degree programs. Applications to the graduate degree programs are made to the GCTS.

To inquire further, contact the GCTS Administrator.

 

The Doctor of Ministry is a conjoint degree with the University of Toronto. The program provides the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of ministry in which theory and practice inform and enhance one other. It is designed to assist students in gaining advanced expertise in the general practice of ministry as well as advanced skill in specialized area of research particular to their ministry.

The conjoint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theological Studies program is intended to provide students with the analytical skills, methodological rigour and knowledge base that will enable them to carry out innovative research at the leading edges of their areas of specialization. In practical terms, the purpose of the program is to produce graduates who will be qualified to teach theological (and related) subjects in universities, liberal arts colleges and theological schools.

The conjoint Doctor of Theology (ThD) is no longer open to admissions. It has been replaced by a new conjoint PhD in Theological Studies.

TST is strongly committed to supporting all currently registered ThD students to the completion of their programs.

More information about TST’s previous doctoral program degrees can be found in the ThD and PhD Handbook.

The Toronto School of Theology (TST) has received approval from the Ontario Quality Council and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the Association of Theological Schools to open a conjoint MA degree program in Theological Studies.

This program is designed to foster graduate-level competence in several basic areas of theological study, and to provide the opportunity for more advanced work in areas of particular interest to the student. It prepares the student for admission to a doctoral program.

An MA student may complete the degree program entirely on a part-time basis. The minimum time required to complete the program is two years, the maximum allowed is six years and consists of twelve courses. A thesis of at least 12,500 words is also required.

This program is designed to deepen students' knowledge of theology and further their preparation for doctoral study or pastoral ministry. To accomplish this, two options for the ThM program are offered: