How to Apply to the Doctor of Ministry Program

Application to the DMin program is now CLOSED for Summer 2021 admission. 

Applications to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program are made to the Admissions Committee of the Centre for the Study of Ministry (CSM) at the Toronto School of Theology (TST).

Applications are completed online with all supplementary application materials submitted electronically to, as attachments on the online application form, or by regular mail to

DMin Program Admissions Committee
c/o Graduate Centre for Theological Studies
47 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
COVID-19 UPDATE: Transcripts
There are two methods by which official transcripts may be received by the GCTS: 1) an official e-transcript service (e.g., E-Script or Parchment) or 2) a printed transcript (sent directly to us from the issuing institution) by regular mail (mailing address listed above). Please ensure that NO signature is required upon delivery(Due to COVID-19 restrictions, TST is currently unable to receive materials submitted via courier service. If you are unable to have your official transcripts sent to the GCTS by e-transcript or regular mail, please contact the GCTS)
Applications are not processed until all application materials (see below) are received and the application fee paid.
Admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee of the Centre for the Study of Ministry
Applicants must indicate in their applications the TST member college through which they seek to register. In addition, applicants are advised to contact the registrar at their selected college of registration, preferably before the application deadline, in order to receive information about financial aid and other aspects of the school’s resources and requirements for Doctor of Ministry students.
Applicants who wish to apply for financial aid must do so directly through the member college to which they are applying. Applicants who have applied for financial assistance must make sure that their application, letters of reference, and all supporting documentation are received by the application deadline.
It is recommended that applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program review the current DMin Handbook and request a brief, informal meeting with the DMin Coordinator before submitting an application.

Application Deadline and Form

Second Round Application Deadline: January 22, 2021 (4:30 pm EST)

Note:second round of admissions is often held in the the new year subject to the availability of spaces after the first round. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application in time for the first round. International applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they are able to obtain the necessary study permits in time for registration. Admission in the second round may not provide enough time to secure such permits. No deferrals of admission will be granted. TST does not consider applications requesting entrance into its programs at the mid-point of the academic year.

Required Application Material

  • Online Application Form 
  • Application fee$125 CDN ($125 USD). The fee is payable by PayPal, a certified cheque drawn from a Canadian account made out to the "Toronto School of Theology", a Canadian money order or bank draft. If the fee is paid in US dollars (e.g., from a US account or with a US money order), the USD fee applies. See Payment Methods for TST Fees for more information.
  • Statement of Intent: The applicant must submit a statement not exceeding 800 words outlining his or her academic interests as it relates to their practice of ministry. Please include your thoughts on the theory and practice of Christian ministry including goals, objectives, and rationale for ministry; your thoughts on the present and future needs of the church as it ministers in changing social, economic, and political contexts; offer a description of your research interests and reasons for applying to the Doctor of Ministry program, including TST faculty members who could support your research, and your future plans in the practice of ministry. Please see section D2 of the current DMin Handbook for more information. The Statement of Intent is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Selected Bibliography: A list of 10-12 current books or academic articles related to your research interest and practice of ministry must be submitted by all applicants. The Selected Bibliography is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Curriculum Vitae (optional): A brief 2-3 page Curriculum Vitae may be submitted by all applicants. The CV can be attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Writing Sample: An academic writing sample (between 15-20 pages) must be submitted by all applicants. The Writing Sample is attached to the online Application Form as a PDF file.
  • Evidence of Facility in English: for applicants whose first language is not English. This evidence may be either (a) graduation with an Arts degree from a University where the language of instruction and examination is English; or (b) a satisfactory score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic version, or the Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE); or the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test, CE (Computer Edition); or (c) a 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. The TOEFL score required for students who take the computer-based test is 250. For those who take the internet-based test, a total score of 93 is required, with a minimum of 22 on the writing section and a 22 on the speaking section. A score of 580, with a 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) is the minimum requirement for those who take the paper-based TOEFL. To request a registration package for TOEFL and TWE examinations, please write to: TOEFL/TWE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 USA or telephone 609-951-1100. The TST institution code 0655 and the department code 99 should be used. The TOEFL Bulletin of Information and Registration Forms can be obtained in a number of cities outside the U.S. through American embassies or consulates, or offices of the U.S. Information Services (USIS). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0 (Academic) with no component below 6.5. Only the Academic version of the IELTS test will be accepted. The minimum COPE score required is 76, with at least 22 in every component and 32 in the writing component. The minimum CAEL score is 70 minimum total with at least 60 in each part.
  • Transcripts: You must  arrange for transcripts of all postsecondary education to be submitted to the GCTS by the application deadline, whether or not degrees were conferred. Unofficial transcripts (e.g. scans, copies, or transcripts received from the student) will be accepted for initial admissions assessment providing that the transcripts are fully legible and are complete copies of the original, including the grading legend. If admitted, you will be required to request that any and all outstanding official transcripts be sent directly by your educational institutions to the GCTS by a deadline specified on your admissions letter. *PLEASE NOTE*: TST strongly recommends applicants requisition official transcripts at the beginning of the application process, as failure to submit official transcripts by the specified deadline will result in the automatic rescission of your offer of admission.
  • Letters of Reference: A total of four letters of reference to be mailed from the referee directly to the Admissions Committee, c/o Doctor of Ministry Program, Toronto School of Theology.  See the attachments below for more information on reference letters. The four (4) letters of reference inlcude: Two (2) letters of academic reference from faculty with whom the applicant has studied (TST does not provide a letter of reference form but asks that referees write a letter in which they comment candidly on the candidates' qualifications to pursue and complete graduate studies); one (1) Denominational or Institutional letter of support from an appropriate official in your diocese, religious order, presbytery, conference, or institution (they must declare full recognition of your intention to enter the DMin program, the year you wish to enter, and be aware of the program commitments (e.g., 4 years of study, on average, until completion of the program; this includes on-campus residential requirements and time allotted for study); one (1) Ministry Base Group letter of support from a person associated with your ministry base who will act as chair of your MBG (this person assists in the formation of a ministry base in the church or institution in which your ministry will be located for the duration of your program. This group exists to support you as you move through the essential components of the program. Please see section D2 of the DMin Handbook for more information. References may be received as a scan of the original letter provided the letter is written on institutional letterhead, signed, and sent directly from the referee's institutional email account to the GCTSReferences issued to applicants or photocopies will not be accepted.

A confirmation fee may be requested by the TST college of registration within a month of acceptance into the Doctor of Ministry program. Contact the registrar's office of the member college for more information.

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact the DMin Office.