Degree Programs

Noah's ark with animals climbing abord. Engraving.

Noah Went Into The Ark. Engraved by J. Cole for The Holy Bible, Birmingham, John Baskerville, 1772.

All Advanced Degree programmes are administered by the Toronto School of Theology in conjunction with Trinity College's Faculty of Divinity. Our Advanced Degree programmes are designed to meet a number of vocational goals for students.

  • The Master of Arts (M. A.) is a research degree for those who do not have a first degree in theology, but do hold a bachelor's degree. It requires completion of an extensive thesis and language examinations. Many M. A. students intend to pursue doctoral studies.
  • The Master of Theology (Th.M. ) is a second theological degree (requiring the M.Div., M.T.S., M.A. or equivalent) serving a number of purposes. There are two Th.M. streams. For some, the degree may lead to doctoral studies and will require a substantial thesis and language study. For others, the Th.M serves as an opportunity to engage theological issues in greater depth, but without the intention of continuing in doctoral studies. In this stream a thesis is not required. Many Th.M. students pursue their studies part-time while engaging in full-time parish ministry or other responsibilities.
  • The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) is a professional degree, for those primarily seeking to integrate advanced theological study with the practice of ministry. Students must have a first degree in theology and will have spent at least five years in professional ministry. It is taught in a collaborative and ecumenical context and requires a thesis.
  • The Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are advanced research degrees for those who intend to pursue careers in academic teaching and research. The requirements of the Th.D. and PhD. are identical. Applicants must hold a first degree in theology (M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.) with first-class standing and will have written a thesis. The degrees require substantial course work, comprehensive examinations, language qualifications, and a dissertation, which will be a unique contribution to theological scholarship.
  • For basic and combined degrees and diploma programs in theology, please visit the Divinity website.

All of Trinity's Advanced Degrees are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, of which Trinity is a founding member. The Th.M., D.Min., and Th.D are awarded by the University of Trinity College conjointly with the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology. The M.A and Ph.D degrees are conferred by the University of St. Michael's College, a federated university with TST and the University of Toronto.

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, and Scandinavia. Our current students are Anglican, Lutheran, 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.