Advanced Degree Program
The Advanced Degree community at Trinity is intimate and vibrant, ecumenical and international. Recent students have come to Trinity from across Canada and the United States, as well as Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Caribbean and Scandinavia. Our current students are Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, Baptist, and Mennonite. Some are ordained but many more are lay people pursuing advanced theological study for a variety of vocational goals: academic teaching and research, social justice work, and ministerial advancement. Included among our graduates are parish clergy, bishops, diocesan and national church administrators, and members of theological faculties throughout the world.
The requirements for admission are given on the Toronto School of Theology web site. Admission to an advanced degree program requires conjoint acceptance by Trinity, one of the four departments of the TST (Biblical, Historical, Pastoral, and Theological), and the Advanced Degree Council of the TST.
The requirements for degrees and a listings of courses will be found in the Toronto School of Theology Homepages. Each department of the TST has available an additional set of guidelines giving further information about program requirements and procedures.
The College Role
The College Director of Advanced Degree Studies serves as an advisor to all advanced degree students of the College.
The specific academic role of the College varies from student to student. Each doctoral student is given a committee by his or her department which includes a member from the College. Each student in the M.A. and Th.M. programs has a departmental advisor who may well be from the College. In many cases students are able to select Trinity courses as part of their program, and occasionally students have a member of the College as one of the examiners named by their department. The College role is especially significant when a student has a member of the College as thesis supervisor.
The College endeavours to be a spiritual community for all its students, basic and advanced degree. Financial support from the College is available in the form of teaching assistantships, fellowships, and bursaries. The College's Advanced Degree Student Association sponsors events from time to time throughout the year. It also elects a representative to the TST Advanced Degree Student Council.
For further information, students should consult the TST Advanced Degree Handbook and the bulletin board located outside the office of the Advanced Degree Director.