The Basic Degree Handbook and program-specific handbooks for the Graduate Degree programs (PhD, DMin, MA) are available for download below. Beginning August 2014, hard copies of current handbooks can be purchased from the GCTS Office for a fee of $15 per copy. Payment can be made by personal cheque, money order, draft or cash (exact change only).

During the course of a student’s program it is to be expected that the appropriate sub-committee of Academic Council will make decisions about requirements, policies or procedures that will result in changes to Handbooks. With respect to program requirements, a student is normally governed by the requirements that were in place when he or she first registered in the program. Students cannot be bound by changes in subsequent program requirements, though they have the right to opt into any change if they wish. Most changes in policy and procedures, however, will be applicable to all students once they have been incorporated into the Handbook, especially those that involve TST structures (e.g., committees, thesis defence procedures) or that are mandated by the terms of our ATS accreditation (e.g., course or program evaluation) or our UofT affiliation (e.g., appeals process). It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed about changes to the Handbook and to seek advice when unsure as to which edition of the Handbook is applicable.

Basic Degree Handbook

Throughout the Toronto School of Theology, the member colleges agree on a common calendar of academic dates, a common course timetable, share educational resources, collaborate in instruction, determine common minimum academic standards and decide on many common policies and procedures. The Basic Degree Handbook, attached below, is the principal statement of these common understandings for basic degree teaching. It does not, however, give specific information about any actual basic degree program. For information about the admissions requirements, educational purposes and curricular structures of a specific degree program, refer to the academic calendar of the member college that offers the program.

If you are interested in a previous year's handbook, refer to the Handbook Archives. If you do not find the year for which you are searching, please contact the Registrar and Manager of Academic Services.

Graduate Conjoint Degree Handbooks (PhD, DMin and MA)

Handbooks for TST's graduate degree programs (PhD, DMin, MA) can be found below. If you are interested in a previous year's handbook, refer to the Handbook Archives. If you do not find the year for which you are searching, please contact the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies.

PhD and DMin Program Components at a Glance (Flow Charts)

The various components of the PhD and DMin programs are described in detail in the Graduate Conjoint Degree Handbook, and they are also summarized and mapped on flow charts found at the links below.

For information on current processes please see Graduate Information and Procedures.


For Grievances related to any member of the TST faculty, TST staff or TST student body (graduate degree and basic degree students) please refer to this excerpt from the 2018-19 Graduate Conjoint Degree Handbook (also posted below).