Choosing a College

TST is a consortium of seven member colleges and all students select a college as their home college. When choosing a college, whether at the basic or graduate degree level, feel free to be in touch with more than one of TST's member colleges to learn more about each college's mission, curriculum and programs.

Choosing a college may seem like a difficult decision, but admissions staff from TST's member colleges are available to assist you in making your choice and will help you discern whether their college is the right fit for you.

Graduate Degrees

The curricular design of the graduate degree programs are common across the six TST colleges that offer graduate degree programs (St. Augustine's Seminary offers basic degree programs only). Factors in a graduate degree applicant's decision concerning which college to apply to include:

  • the desire to learn within a specific theological and philosophical perspective represented by the college;
  • the availability of faculty expertise in the applicant's proposed area of study; and
  • the resources of the college, including research and teaching assistantship opportunities and the availability of financial support.

While applications for graduate degrees are made to the Graduate Centre for Theological Studies, potential graduate degree students are encouraged to contact the admissions staff of the college(s) they are interested in before applying in order to discuss the college's fit with their academic goals.

Basic Degrees

For basic degree students pursuing professional programs such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv), the greatest factor in your decision is whether a college is suitable for your preparation for ministry. Most students choose the college that is within the tradition of the church within which they would like to pursue ministry after graduation. In the absence of an exact match, students choose the college which is closest to that ministry tradition.

For other basic degree programs, students normally choose as their home college the institution that is closest to their own personal religious tradition, or an institution that represents a tradition within which the student would like to situate his or her learning. The curricular design for each program differs slightly at each college, so students are encouraged to contact more than one college to inquire about the programs that interest them.