How to Apply to the Doctor of Ministry Program

Applications to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program are made to the Centre for the Study of Ministry (CSM) at the Toronto School of Theology (TST).  Applications are completed online with supplementary documents sent to:

Admissions Committee
DMin Program
47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5A 2C3

Applications are not processed until all materials are received and the application fee paid.

Admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee of the Centre for the Study of Ministry.

Applicants must indicate in their applications the TST member college in which they seek to register. In addition, applicants are advised to contact the registrar at their selected college of registration, preferably before the application deadline, in order to receive information about financial aid and other aspects of the school’s resources and requirements for Doctor of Ministry students.

Applicants who wish to apply for financial aid must do so directly through the member school to which they are applying. Applicants who have applied for financial assistance must make sure that their application, letters of reference, and all supporting documentation are received by the application deadline.

It is recommended that applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program request an informal meeting with the DMin Director, Dr. Joseph Schner, SJ.  Please contact the DMin Administrator to book an appointment.

Application Deadline and Form

Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015 

Late Application Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016 (late applications will be considered if space permits)

Note: TST does not consider applications requesting entrance into its programs at the mid-point of the academic year.

Required Application Material

  • Online Application Form (opened on Friday, August 21, 2015)
  • Application fee$120 CDN ($120 USD). The fee is payable by PayPal, a certified cheque drawn from a Canadian account made out to the "Toronto School of Theology", a Canadian money order or bank draft. If the fee is paid in US dollars (e.g., from a US account or with a US money order), the USD fee applies. See Payment Methods for TST Fees for more information.
  • Statement of Intent: The applicant must submit a statement not exceeding 800 words outlining his or her academic interests as it relates to their practice of ministry. Please include your thoughts on the theory and practice of Christian ministry including goals, objectives, and rationale for ministry; your thoughts on the present and future needs of the church as it ministers in changing social, economic, and political contexts; offer a description of your research interests and reasons for applying to the TST Doctor of Ministry program, including TST faculty members who could support their research, and your future plans in the practice of ministry. The Statement of Intent is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Selected Bibliography: A list of 10-12 current books or academic articles related to your research interest and practice of ministry must be submitted by all applicants. The Selected Bibliography is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Curriculum Vitae: A brief 2-3 page Curriculum Vitae must be submitted by all applicants. The CV is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Writing Sample: An academic writing sample (between 15-25 pages) must be submitted by all applicants. The Writing Sample is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Evidence of Facility in English: for applicants whose first language is not English. This evidence may be either (a) graduation with an Arts degree from a University where the language of instruction and examination is English; or (b) a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic version, or the Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE); or (c) a grade of B in the advanced (level 60) Academic Preparation course in the English Language Program of the School of Continuing Studies of the University of Toronto, or equivalent standing at a comparable institution. The TOEFL score required for students who take the computer-based test is 250. For those who take the internet-based test, a total score of 93 is required, with a minimum of 22 on the writing section and a 22 on the speaking section. A score of 580, with a 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) is the minimum requirement for those who take the paper-based TOEFL. To request a registration package for TOEFL and TWE examinations, please write to: TOEFL/TWE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 USA or telephone 609-951-1100. The TST institution code 0655 and the department code 99 should be used. The TOEFL Bulletin of Information and Registration Forms can be obtained in a number of cities outside the U.S. through American embassies or consulates, or offices of the U.S. Information Services (USIS). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0 (Academic) with no component below 6.5. Only the Academic version of the IELTS test will be accepted. The minimum COPE score required is 76, with at least 22 in every component and 32 in the writing component.
  • Official Transcripts: Required from all postsecondary education, to be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to the Admissions Committee, c/o Doctor of Ministry Program, Toronto School of Theology. Transcripts issued to applicants or photocopies will not be accepted.
  • Letters of Reference: A total of six letters of reference to be mailed from the referee directly to the Admissions Committee, c/o Doctor of Ministry Program, Toronto School of Theology.  See the attachments below for more information on reference letters. The six (6) letters of reference inlcude: Two (2) letters of academic reference (TST does not provide a letter of reference form but asks that referees write a letter in which they comment candidly on the candidates' qualifications to pursue and complete graduate studies); two (2) letters of reference from ministerial colleagues of good standing and known reputation who are active in the field of ministry in which you are currently working; one (1) Denominational or Institutional letter of support from an appropriate official in your diocese, religious order, presbytery, conference, or institution (they must declare full recognition of your intention to enter the DMin program, the year you wish to enter, and be aware of the program commitments (e.g., 4 years of study, on average, until completion of the program; this includes on-campus residential requirements and time allotted for study); one (1) Ministry Base Group letter of support from a person associated with your ministry base who will act as chair of your MBG (this person assists in the formation of a ministry base in the church or institution in which your ministry will be located for the duration of your program.  This group exists to support you as you move through the essential components of the program. References may be received as a scan of the original letter provided the letter is written on institutional letterhead, signed, and sent directly from the referee's institutional email account to the DMin Program Administrator. References issued to applicants or photocopies will not be accepted.

A confirmation fee may be requested by the TST college of registration within a month of acceptance into the Doctor of Ministry program. Contact the registrar's office of the member college for more information.

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact the DMin Program Administrator.