Basic Degree Admission Requirements

Each college determines the admissions requirements for its programs. In order to inquire about admissions requirements, please contact the member college to which you are applying. Admissions requirements differ by program (for example, while degree programs normally require a completed bachelor's degree, diploma and certificate programs may not).

The admissions requirements below are common to all conjoint basic degrees offered through member colleges of the Toronto School of Theology (TST).

Applicants to a conjoint basic degree program must hold an appropriate bachelor's degree with adequate standing (normally at least B- standing in their final year) from a college or university which is an ordinary member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or which is accredited by a United States agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or credentials equivalent to the above.

If you have a bachelor's degree from from an institution that does not meet the above criteria, please contact the member school to which you wish apply to inquire about your eligibility for admission. In an exceptional case, a college may admit a student to the MDiv, MRE, or MAMS program without baccalaureate degree or equivalent. Students without baccalaureate degrees may apply to some diploma programs (please see the specific member college website for admissions requirements for the diploma programs) or to take courses.

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not completed a previous degree in English (the degree must have been studied full-time with no more that 40% of the full-time course load taken online in each semester), must demonstrate facility in the English language by taking one of the following tests and achieving the stated minimum result. Test results that are older than two years at the time of application cannot be accepted.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the test is taken in paper format, overall 580 and 5 in Test of Written English; if the test is taken in the computer-based format, overall 237 and 5 in essay writing; if the test is taken in internet format, 93 overall and at least 22 in each of the speaking and writing sections.
  • International ESL-Academic Preparation Level 60 (Advanced) offered by the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Required score: B.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Required score: 7.0.
  • A college basic degree director may, in compelling cases, use other evidence to determine English fluency. Other tests and minimum results recognized by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto may serve as a guide.

See Section 5 of the Basic Degree Handbook for further admissions information.