Doctor of Ministry Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to provide advanced study for persons who are already engaged in the practice of ministry in its varied forms. The program welcomes qualified applicants, lay and ordained, from the ministries of parish and congregational leadership, religious education, preaching, worship, pastoral care, hospital chaplaincy, and other forms of ministerial leadership. The emphasis of the program is on advancing personal, professional, and theological integration in order to help participants achieve a high level of competency in the practice of ministry and its theoretical underpinnings.

Admission Requirements

1.  The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized college or university and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree (or its equivalent) accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, with a B+ average or better.

2.  A minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of ministry is required following the MDiv degree or its equivalency.

3.  Be engaged in a recognized ministry (normally full-time), which will serve as the ministry base during this period of advanced professional study.

4.  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:

  • Evidence of an earned degree from a recognized post-secondary institution where the language of instruction and examination is English.
  • A satisfactory result on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants requesting the transmittal of results should use the TST institution code 0655 and the department code 99. On the paper-based TOEFL, the minimum satisfactory score is 580 with a 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). On the computer-based TOEFL, the minimum satisfactory score is 250. On the internet-based TOEFL, the minimum satisfactory total score is 93, with at least 22 on the Writing section and 22 on the Speaking section.
  • 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.

5.  Computer literacy: This program requires the ability to communicate with peers and professors online as well as the skill to utilize standard computer software (e.g., Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.) and online research tools. 

Read more about the DMin Program here.