Refer to the Graduate Conjoint Degree Handbook for detailed program and admission information.
The Admissions Committee will take into consideration:
- grades in all previous post-secondary education with particular weight accorded to performance in the prerequisite degree(s) and in other recent programs;
- the applicant's academic background in the stated area of interest;
- the potential of the applicant for graduate study, as attested in the letters of reference;
- the quality of the applicant's statement of intent;
- the availability of qualified faculty resources in the applicant's proposed area of research;
- evidence that the applicant is likely to complete the program.
- For admission to the MA program, an applicant is normally required to have a Bachelors degree in Theology, or a major or specialist in Theology or Religious Studies, or equivalent, from a recognized degree granting institution*, with at least B+ (3.3/4.0 CGPA) standing (or equivalent).
- Alternatively, an applicant may present a second-entry degree in Theological Studies, such as a Master of Divinity (MDiv), or Master of Theological Studies (MTS), representing at least two years of full-time studies or equivalent past the undergraduate bachelor’s, with a minimum of a B+ (3.3/4.0 CGPA) standing (or equivalent).
*All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada are deemed to be recognized institutions.
Fluency in English
An applicant whose first language is other than English must provide evidence of the ability to comprehend, speak, and write English at the graduate level.
One of the following will constitute prima facie evidence of such ability:
- 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.
- A completed degree of at least two year's duration (full-time) in one of the following countries/regions:
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, Zimbabwe
- Some applicants from the above countries/regions may still be required to provide proof of English proficiency as English is not the sole language of instruction at all universities.
- The language of instruction and examination must be verified by TST. Applicants should provide an official academic transcript with a note confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination. If the official academic transcript does not have this note, applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution directly to TST confirming the use of English as the primary language of instruction and examination.
English Language Tests As Evidence of Fluency
- 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); the Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE); the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test; CE (Computer Edition); OR
- 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.
Minimum score requirements:
- TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 93, with a minimum of 22 in the writing section and 22 in the speaking section. The TST TOEFL institution code is 0655 and the department code is 99.
- TOEFL paper-based test: 580, with a minimum 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). The TST TOEFL institution code is 0655 and the department code is 99.
- IELTS (Academic): 7.0 with no component below 6.5. Only the Academic version of the IELTS test will be accepted.
- MELAB: 85
- COPE: 76, with at least 22 in every component and 32 in the writing component.
- CAEL: 70 minimum total with at least 60 in each part.
- Even when the above standards are met, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to require additional evidence of fluency in English.
- When results of multiple attempts are submitted, or scores submitted in addition to transcript evidence, only the evidence with the most recent date will be considered.
Research Language Requirements
- Typically, there are no research language requirements for admission into the MA program, unless the primary sources for the proposed area of study are in a language or languages other than English (such as Biblical studies). In such cases, applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in at least one language other than English.