Refer to the Conjoint ThM Program 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.
- A baccalaureate degree, normally in Arts, from a recognized college or university* (or the applicant must provide evidence of having completed equivalent studies under a different educational system).
- And a Master of Divinity degree or an academic masters degree in theological studies providing equivalent theological background of at least two years' duration (e.g., Master of Theological Studies, Master of Religion, Master of Arts in Theology ), with at least a high second-class standing (i.e., B+, CGPA 3.3/4.0) from a recognized institution.*
*All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada are deemed to be recognized institutions.
Requirement for Students in Historical Studies
- An applicant proposing to specialize in the history of Christianity must show evidence from her or his previous degree program(s) of adequate preparation in historical studies. See the ThM Program Handbook for more information.
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
- ThM Option I - For admission into Option I in the areas of history, pastoral studies or theology, the applicant must be competent in at least one language selected from among ancient or modern languages necessary for their research. Alternatively, the applicant may be admitted on the condition that he or she will be able to demonstrate competence in at least one of these languages before entering the first year of studies.
- ThM Option II - For admission into Option II in the areas of history, pastoral studies or theology, there are no universally applicable language requirements. Instead, language requirements appropriate to the area of specialization are determined by the Graduate Degree Director of the student’s college of registration in consultation with the GCTS.
- Admission to Biblical Studies - For both Options I and II, proficiency in Biblical Hebrew is required for those proposing to specialize in Old Testament studies. Likewise, proficiency in Biblical Greek is required for those proposing to specialize in New Testament studies. To be credited with competence or proficiency in the required Biblical languages, students need to receive grades of at least B+ (77%) (or equivalent in other grading schemes). Students may also be admitted with competence in any combination of two of the following: Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, or a modern research language.
How to Meet Research Language Requirements
For admission to the PhD and ThM programs, applicants must provide evidence of language competency and in some cases proficiency. Skill in research languages may be demonstrated in the following ways:
- Transcript evidence. A student who has completed recognized post secondary courses in a foreign language within four years prior to submitting an application for graduate program admission may, by submission of transcript evidence, be deemed by the Admissions Committee to have demonstrated skill in that language. Nevertheless, unless an exemption is explicitly stated in the offer of admission letter, all applicants are required to demonstrate current evidence of reading facility by taking a TST language exam. Students may also take a TST non-credit language course in theological French and German. Students who successfully pass these courses will not be required to take TST language examinations in these languages.
- Language examination. A student may demonstrate current skill in a language by taking an examination administered by TST. Examinations usually take place in September and January. Arrangements for special examinations in languages other than Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, or German can be made with the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies.
- Other evidence. See the ThM Program Handbook for other means of demonstrating skill in research languages.