The objective of the Professional Theological Education program is growth in understanding and formation of persons for ordained ministry. This objective is fostered by the pursuit of three interrelated goals. First is the intellectual understanding of Christian faith and tradition, which is pursued by means of study in four departments: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral. Second is practice in the art of ministry. This art is learned not only in the classroom but also where ministry occurs. Third is the commitment to personal and spiritual growth, both individually and within the many communities in which we live. All three of these goals need to be integrated within the life of each individual student.
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is directed to the education and formation of persons for ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. In addition to providing for the intellectual understanding of the Christian faith and tradition, students are formed in the practice of worship and ministry.
The MDiv with Concentration in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies (with 18 of 30 credits taken in Orthodox courses) serves students from both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox traditions who are preparing for ordained ministry or lay leadership roles within the church.
The Master of Divinity degree with honours is especially recommended for students who think of pursuing advanced degree study.
Integral to the MDiv program is theological field education. A wide variety of placements may be undertaken, including parishes, hospitals, prisons and social service agencies. The focal point of theological field education is a full-time supervised Internship undertaken in the fourth term of study. Structured in this fashion, students are able to pay special attention to integrating their theoretical work with their practical training throughout the whole of their study program.
Spiritual formation at Trinity is rooted in the corporate prayer and public liturgy of the Church. Theology students, like all Christians, are expected to be faithful in their participation in the Daily Office and the Eucharist (or, for Orthodox students, Orthodox worship). 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 of Divinity sponsors an annual retreat as well as periodic quiet days, and other structured opportunities for prayer and meditation. Spiritual Direction is required (and funded) for all MDiv students.
Trinity has provided me with the space and support to develop the skills needed for ministry both in and out of the classroom.
Through a combined focus on scholarship, community, personal growth and one-on-one support, I have become more confident in my abilities to undertake a religious vocation in the church or related field.
- Jessica Watts, MDiv Candidate (Class of 2021)
Trinity College degrees are conjointly awarded by Trinity College and the University of Toronto. Students should keep in mind that decisions about ordination are made by the Church and not by Trinity College.