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 a specialized area of research particular to their ministry.
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). Both degrees are granted conjointly by the University of Toronto and the TST member school in which the student is registered.
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 Graduate Studies in the student's college of registration (College Graduate 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 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 Master of Arts (MA) in Theological Studies is a full-time research master’s program intended to provide students with the analytical skills, methodological rigour and knowledge base that will enable them to carry out research at the leading edges of their areas of specialization. This master’s is a research degree very well suited for those desiring to pursue further research in a doctoral program.
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:
*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.
*CLOSURE: Please note that as of Fall 2016 TST has closed admissions to the non-conjoint MA in Theology (University of St. Michael’s College). The new conjoint MA in Theological Studies replaces the non-conjoint MA in Theology. TST, of course, is strongly committed to supporting all students to the completion of the programs into which they were admitted.