The Toronto School of Theology (TST) is a consortium of seven member colleges. All students select a college within which to study. Choosing a college may seem like a difficult decision, but representatives from TST 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.
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 the tradition within which they wish to pursue ministry.
For other basic degrees, 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.
At the graduate degree level, the factors in your decision-making are more complex. 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 Office, potential graduate degree students are encouraged to contact the registrar of the college(s) they are interested in before applying in order to discuss the college's fit with the student's academic goals.
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.