Frequently Asked Questions

I understand the Toronto School of Theology (TST) is a consortium of schools. Who belongs to the consortium? 

Seven institutions are member colleges within the consortium: Emmanuel College of Victoria University, Knox College, Regis College, St. Augustine's Seminary, University of St. Michael's College, University of Trinity College and Wycliffe College.

Four schools are affiliated member institutions of TST: Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, the Institute for Christian Studies and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University.

What programs are offered at TST?

TST member schools offer several professional and academic programs at the post-baccalaureate level. Basic degrees are first theological degrees and are administered by the member schools of TST. Students contemplating application to a basic degree program should contact the member college registrar. Graduate (or "advanced") degrees operate at a higher academic level, and (except in the case of the MA) admission is restricted to students with both a bachelor's degree and a basic theological degree. The advanced degrees (MA, ThM, DMin and PhD) are administered by TST, and inquiries concerning admission may be directed to the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies Administrator.

A degree conferred conjointly by the University of Toronto is likely to have considerable international recognition.  Which TST degrees are conjoint?

Conjoint basic degrees are:

  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) - offered by all TST member colleges

  • Master of Religious Education (MRE) - offered by Knox College, St. Augustine's Seminary and the University of St. Michael's College

  • Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) - offered by Emmanuel College

  • Master of Arts in Ministry and Spirituality (MAMS) - offered by Regis College

  • Master of Sacred Music (MSMus) - offered by Emmanuel College

  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS) - offered by all TST member colleges

Conjoint graduate (advanced) degrees are:

  • Master of Theology (ThM)

  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies (PhD)

If I don't have a bachelor's degree, can I study at TST?

Some colleges will admit persons without a bachelor's degree to the MDiv program. These individuals must provide evidence that they can function effectively at a post-baccalaureate level. Each member college has its own rules for these cases and makes its own decisions about them.

Also, many colleges have certificate or diploma programs, operated separately from the degree programs, open to indivisuals without university degrees. More information on available diploma and certificate programs can be found here.

How can I be sure that the degree I earn at TST will be recognized elsewhere?

The standard method by which institutions give public attestation of the educational quality of their degree programs is accreditation. TST member schools and TST itself are members of the Association for Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada, and their degree programs are accredited by the ATS Commission on Accrediting. The "conjoint" degree programs, which lead to degrees conjointly conferred by the University of Toronto, have the additional endorsement of the University of Toronto, which is ranked among the world's top research universities. The conjoint ThM and PhD programs are approved by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

How big is TST and how many courses do I have to choose from?

Across the seven member colleges over 1000 students are enrolled representing dozens of denominations and diverse theological and cultural traditions. All together, the member colleges offer about 530 courses per year, taught by approximately 60 faculty members.

Will I find the books I need in the libraries there?

The University of Toronto Libraries is the largest academic library in Canada; in North America it is one of the top three academic research libraries. It has nearly 12 million bound volumes, nearly 6 million microfilms, over a million maps, films, recordings, and graphics, and nearly 239,000 serial subscriptions. TST students in conjoint degrees have full access to the collection, and, except at a few specialized libraries, full borrowing privileges.

Each college has its own library (Trinity College and Wycliffe College share their library). All college libraries are part of the University of Toronto Libraries.

What is Toronto's population?

Toronto is generally regarded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world and is expressed in over 200 distinct ethnicities. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home. The city of Toronto has a population of 2.7 million; in what is called the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), there are 5.5 million.  Toronto has become the primary financial and commercial centre of Canada, and it is the cultural and entertainment capital of English-speaking Canada.

What is the Centre for the Study of Ministry?

This is an interdisciplinary academic centre which administers the Doctor of Ministry Program and promotes research and publication in the area of ministry. Read more about the Centre here.