How to Apply to Graduate Degree Programs

Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2016 entry. The information below pertains to applications for Fall 2016 and is subject to change for Fall 2017 admissions. 

Applications to all graduate degree programs are made to the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies (GCTS) at the Toronto School of Theology.

Applications are completed online with supplementary documents sent to:

Admissions Committee
c/o Graduate Centre for Theological Studies
47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
tstadv.degree@utoronto.ca

Admissions decisions are made by the Admissions and Fellowships Committee of the Graduate Studies Council of the GCTS.

In the application, applicants indicate the member college in which they seek to register. Applicants are advised to contact the Director of Advanced Degree Studies 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 advanced degree students.

Applicants who wish to apply for financial aid must do so directly through the member college 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 be received by the application deadlines.

Application Deadline and Instructions (MA, ThM, PhD)

Deadline: Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2016 entry.  Applications for Fall 2017 entry will be accepted starting in October/November 2016.

Offers of admission are subject to meeting all admission requirements and the availability of space and supervisors. Historically, spaces have been available in the second round for both master’s and doctoral programs, although doctoral admissions are more competitive.  Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All required application materials (see below) must be received by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered for admission.

Application to a graduate degree program is made by completing the online form with the required attachments and having the remaining supporting material sent to the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies at the above address. Applications are not processed until all of the material has been received, including the application fee. To request a financial aid application form, please contact the member college to which you are applying.

International applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they are able to obtain the necessary study permits in time for registration. No deferrals of admission will be granted.

Applications for entrance into a program at the mid-point of the academic year (January) will not be considered.

All materials submitted to the Admissions Committee may be used in the assessment of an application.  Application materials will be destroyed as per the TST document retention policy.

A confirmation fee may be requested by the TST college of registration within a month of acceptance into a Graduate Degree program. Please contact the registrar's office of the member college for more information.

PhD Application Material

MA/ThM Application Material

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

PhD Application Material

  • Online Application Form [Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2016 entry.]
  • Application Fee: $120 (CAD). Please see Payment Methods for TST Fees for accepted methods of payment.
  • Statement of Intent. You must submit a statement not to exceed 750 words outlining your academic interests and academic purposes. You will be required to identify the nature of the research topic that you would like to explore at TST, along you’re your methodological and theoretical approach(es). You must also identify TST faculty members who could support your research, and should indicate how your previous academic studies and language preparation have prepared your for this research area. The statement of intent is to be attached to the online application form as a PDF file. Please ensure that your name and the program you are applying for is on each page of your statement.
  • Curriculum Vitae (optional). You may submit a brief 2-3 page curriculum vitae. The CV may also be attached to the online application form.
  • Writing Sample. You must submit an academic writing sample (between 20-50 pages) as part of your application, demonstrating independent research and writing ability. The writing sample is to be 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 earned degree of a minimum duration of two years from a recognized post-secondary institution 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, the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE); or (c) a minimum 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. Even when these standards are met, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require additional evidence of fluency in English.  Minimum scores requires are as follows:
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for students who take the internet-based test (iBT) is 93, with a minimum of 22 on the writing section and 22 on the speaking section. A minimum score of 580, with a minimum 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) is the requirement for those who take the paper-based TOEFL. The TST TOEFL institution code 0655 and the department code 99.
    • 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 MELAB score required is 85.
    • The minimum COPE score required is 76, with at least 22 in every component and 32 in the writing component.
  • Transcripts. You must send transcripts of all postsecondary education to the GCTS by the application deadline, whether or not degrees were conferred.  Unofficial transcripts (e.g. scans, copies, or transcripts received from the student) will be accepted for admissions assessment providing that the transcripts are fully legible and are complete copies of the original, including the grading legend. If admitted, you will be required to request that official transcripts be sent directly by your educational institutions to the GCTS by a deadline specified on your admissions letter.  Failure to submit official transcripts by the specified deadline will result in the automatic rescission of an offer of admission.
  • Academic References. Two letters of academic reference must be sent directly by the referees to the Admissions Committee at the address above by the application deadline. Letters may be sent as PDF attachments to tstadv.degree@utoronto.ca providing they are sent directly to the GCTS by the referee from his/her institutional email address and are in the form of high-quality scans of original, signed letters, written on institutional stationary. References issued to students or photocopies will not be accepted. 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. 
  • GRE scores (optional). Applicants may submit GRE scores to support their applications. The Toronto School of Theology's institutional code is 0534.

MA/ThM Application Material

  • Online Application Form [Applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2016 entry.]
  • Application Fee: $120 (CAD). Please see Payment Methods for TST Fees for accepted methods of payment.
  • Statement of Intent. You must submit a statement between 100-500 words outlining your academic interests and purposes. The statement of intent is to be attached to the online application form as a PDF file. Please ensure that your name and the program you are applying for is on your statement.
  • Evidence of Facility in English (for applicants whose first language is not English): This evidence may be either: (a) graduation with an earned degree of a minimum duration of two years from a recognized post-secondary institution 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, the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE); or (c) a minimum 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. Even when these standards are met, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require additional evidence of fluency in English. Minimum scores requires are as follows:
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for students who take the internet-based test (iBT) is 93, with a minimum of 22 on the writing section and 22 on the speaking section. A minimum score of 580, with a minimum 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) is the requirement for those who take the paper-based TOEFL. The TST TOEFL institution code 0655 and the department code 99.
    • 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 MELAB score required is 85.
    • The minimum COPE score required is 76, with at least 22 in every component and 32 in the writing component.
  • Transcripts. You must send transcripts of all postsecondary education to the GCTS by the application deadline, whether or not degrees were conferred.  Unofficial transcripts (e.g. scans, copies, or transcripts received from the student) will be accepted for admissions assessment providing that the transcripts are fully legible and are complete copies of the original, including the grading legend.  If admitted, you will be required to request that official transcripts be sent directly by your educational institutions to the GCTS by a deadline specified on your admissions letter.  Failure to submit official transcripts by the specified deadline will result in the automatic rescission of an offer of admission.
  • Academic References. Two letters of academic reference must be sent directly by the referees to the Admissions Committee at the address above by the application deadline. Letters may be sent as PDF attachments to tstadv.degree@utoronto.ca providing they are sent directly to the GCTS by the referee from his/her institutional email address and are in the form of high-quality scans of original, signed letters, written on institutional stationary. References issued to students or photocopies will not be accepted. 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. 
  • GRE scores (optional). Applicants may submit GRE scores to support their applications. The Toronto School of Theology's institutional code is 0534.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can the GCTS confirm that my materials have been received?  We will confirm receipt of your application form.  If you have reason to believe that any other element of your application may not have been received by the GCTS, you are welcome to contact tstadv.degree@utoronto.ca.  During the busier times of year, however, especially mid-December and early January, response times may exceed a week.  We therefore strongly encourage you to submit all application materials well in advance of the deadline.  

2. May I submit more than one writing sample? Only one writing sample may be submitted.  If you submit more than one, the first sample received, or the first attached to your application form, will be used.

3. If I am not accepted to the degree of my choice, will I be considered for admission into another degree?  At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants not admitted to their degree of choice may be recommended for admission into another degree.

4. If I am not accepted at the college of my choice, will I be considered for admission by another TST college? At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, applicants not admitted to their college of choice may be recommended for admission by another college.

5. Is it possible to apply to more than one TST college?  Applicants normally apply to only one college.  If you wish to apply to a second college, you must complete a second online application form (without attachments).  You do not need to submit any other materials a second time. Applicants are not permitted to apply to more than two colleges. Applicants must indicate their first college of choice.

6. Will you contact my references?  The GCTS reserves the right to contact your references to verify the written references or to request further information relating to your application.

7. Does my previous degree earned in an English language institution qualify to meet the English language proficiency requirement? If your first language is not English, and you have completed a (at least) two-year degree at a recognized post-secondary institution where the language of instruction and examination is English, you would not normally be required to provide proof of English-language proficiency at the time of application if the post-secondary institution is located in one of the following countries:

Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The language of instruction and examination may be verified by the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies. Applicants may be asked to make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.  Even if your degree does meet the above standard, the Admissions Committee may still require additional evidence of English language proficiency.

If you have further questions about the information on this page, please contact the GCTS Administrator.