Master of Divinity (M.Div)

Admission to the M.Div Program

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Applicants holding a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized university or college, having achieved at least a B average, will be considered for admission to the M.Div. program.

Completed application forms, official transcripts of all post-secondary education, three letters of reference, and a résumé or personal history should be sent to the College by March 31 of the year in which admission is sought. If places are available, applications will be accepted after this date. Petitions for advanced standing or transfer credit should be made at the time of application. When an application has been approved, an interview is arranged with the Dean and Director of Basic Degree Studies.

Admission to the M.Div. for those who do not possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent

In some cases, mature applicants with life experience that has prepared them for theological study at a graduate level, who have not completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, but who have completed one year of university-level education with at least a B- average, will be considered for provisional admission to the M.Div. program. Such students will be admitted as non-degree students on probation until they have satisfactorily completed ten credits at the Toronto School of Theology.

At that time, if they are considered by the Teaching Staff of the Faculty of Divinity to be making satisfactory progress in their studies, they will be registered in the M.Div. and courses completed at T.S.T. will be credited towards the M.Div. No more than 10% of the students registered in the M.Div. program may be in this category.

Program Requirements for the M.Div.

To complete the M.Div. at Trinity, thirty credits are required. One credit is given for each semester course successfully completed. Normally, courses meet once a week for two hours. Courses are offered at Trinity College and at the other cooperating schools of the Toronto School of Theology, and are listed in the TST Course Calendar Students must complete, in addition to the thirty course credits, certain College program requirements.

Full-time standing requires enrolment in four or more courses per term. Part-time standing is enrolment in three or fewer courses per term. To complete the M.Div., each student must have at least two semesters with full-time standing.

Transfer credits for post-baccalaureate work taken at other institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and not credited towards another degree may be granted. In this case the amount of required courses is diminished by a maximum of 20 courses. The amount of credit and its effect on the requirements of the student's program are determined by the Teaching Staff in consultation with the College Registrar at the time of application.

Alternatively, for work done previously but not under ATS accreditation, a student may petition the Teaching Staff to be excused from one or more of the requirements of his or her program. In this case the thirty-course requirement is not diminished. Normally a student is expected to proceed to more advanced courses in the area or areas already covered.

Curriculum

Normally 15 credits must be completed before the Internship semester.

BIBLE HISTORY PASTORAL THEOLOGY FIELD
EDUCATION
OPEN
ELECTIVES
__B1501H_
Introduction to New Testament

__H1001H_
Early Christianity (to AD
843)* OR TRH2061HS Birth of Theology

TRP1613HF
Identity, Church and Society
TRT1101HS
Systematic Theology
TRD3010YS**
Parish Ministry
Elective
__B100_H_
Introduction to Old Testament
TXJ2631HF
Anglican History and Theology or other elective in the Historical Department
TRP2202HF
Anglican Spirituality
TRT2942HF
Ethics and Society
TRD3020HS**
Christian Education
Elective
Elective Elective TRP2641YY
Principles and Practice of Liturgy***
TRT3566HF
Studies in Anglican Theology
TRD3030HS**
Theology of Ministry
Elective
Elective Elective  TRP3750HS
Leadership in the Church
Elective
 
Elective

 

 
TSP35_ _YY
(Clinical Pastoral Education/ Pastoral Counselling Education)*

 

 
Elective

 

 

Homiletics*

 

 

 
    TRP3523HS Foundations in the Psychology of Counselling      

 

* Strongly recommended

H - one credit Y - two credits F - first semester S - second semester Y - full year

**See Theological Field Education and Parish Internship below
*** See Liturgical Formation below

Students must be able to demonstrate a sensitivity to issues of globalization in their theological studies and should consult their advisor on ways to ensure this component is in their program of study.

 

I. Theological Field Education and Parish Internship

A person's theological education does not begin at Trinity College nor does it end upon graduation. A fundamental assumption of the Divinity curriculum is that education in theology is an ongoing process of responding to the various forms of ministry to which Christians are called by their baptism.

Theological field education provides students with an opportunity to establish specific learning objectives of expertise in the art of ministry under the guidance of experienced parish clergy or other well-qualified supervisors. Students should meet with the Director of Field Education and Internship early in their entering term to plan an appropriate course of activities/studies.

Theological Field Education consists of three phases: the pre-internship phase, the internship, and the post-internship phase.

i. Pre-internship Phase

ii. Internship Phase

iii. Post-internship Phase: Special Project in Ministry

II. Liturgical Formation 

Liturgical Formation, a crucial part of preparation for ordained ministry, unfolds in the following activities:

i. Regular participation/leadership in Chapel liturgies.

ii. Participation in Liturgy Teams.

iii. Music and Homiletics (theory & performance)

iv. Phenomenological and theological reflection on the practice of ministry

v. Reading, journaling, book reports, short reflection papers

Chapel Requirements

III. Spiritual formation

Spiritual formation is rooted in the corporate prayer and public liturgy of the Church. Divinity students, like all Christians, are expected to be faithful in their participation in the Daily Office and the Eucharist. Moreover, each student is expected to strive for a disciplined personal spiritual life consisting of regular times for prayer and meditation, retreat, and spiritual direction. The Faculty sponsors an annual retreat (at the beginning of Michaelmas Term), as well as periodic quiet days and other structured opportunities for prayer and meditation. In addition, the Faculty provides a resource person who is available to students for information, guidance, and support in the areas of prayer and spirituality.

IV. Ecclesiastical Requirements

Students considering ordination are advised to meet with a bishop (or his/her official deputy) as soon as possible in order to ascertain the process for ordination to the presbyterate and/or diaconate in that particular diocese.

Some dioceses set academic requirements for their ordinands, and offer direction concerning course selection or distribution. Students should inform the Faculty of any requirements or recommendations (e.g., clinical pastoral education or summer parish placements) which may be additional to the college course or field education requirements.


  • Each student completes a minimum of 120 hours in an approved placement under an experienced supervisor, in addition to participation in the Theological Field Education Seminar. This placement must be completed before the student begins the internship.
  • The internship consists of three parts:

    TRD 3010YS Parish Ministry (2 Credits): a full-time fourteen week supervised placement in an approved ministry setting.

    TRD 3020HS Christian Education (1 Credit): a major educational project, planned and executed by the student during the placement.

    TRD 3030HS Theology of Ministry (1 Credit): Participation in a theological reflection conference at the end of the internship (late April), as well as writing a major integration paper, which is completed during the summer following the internship placement.

  • The student will focus on one or more aspects of ministerial practice which have been identified as an area of special interest (or as an area needing improved competency) during the internship phase. This will involve supervised practice and/or reflection and/or training in areas such as community ministries, justice ministries, homiletic skills, vocal training, spiritual formation, teaching, hospice work, etc. Each student makes a written proposal for the project no later than the first day of the term in which she or he plans to graduate. Time-lines for the project are flexible and will depend upon the learning goal of each particular student. Honours M.Div. candidates may (with their thesis director's permission) use the special project as part of the research process for their graduating thesis.