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Professional Theological Education

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.

MASTER OF DIVINITY

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.

Master of Divinity (Honours)

The Master of Divinity degree with honours is especially recommended for students who think of pursuing advanced degree study.

Master of Divinity with Diploma in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies

This program prepares students for ordination to priestly ministry in the Orthodox Church and other forms of church service including teaching and counseling and for graduate study in theology and related disciplines.

FIELD EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIP

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

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. 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 can be arranged for those who do not already have a Spiritual Director.

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, Master of Divinity Candidate (Class of 2021), Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College

Jessica Watts is a Faculty of Divinity student

 

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES AT TRINITY

  • Part-time studies: Two full-time terms are required for the MDiv degree. Other terms can be taken on a part-time basis.
  • Commuting students: Students whose homes are a distance from Toronto may commute readily and organize their formal studies on one or two days per week. Overnight rooms are available for commuting students.
  • Studies for those who are not graduates: The Faculty of Divinity admits a limited number of students without University degrees whose life experience and aspirations qualify them for such studies.
  • Studies for those who are not Anglicans: We welcome those who seek to prepare for ministry in other traditions and will collaborate with those traditions to adapt our requirements accordingly for such students. We have successfully accommodated several students from Orthodox and Oriental Churches into the MDiv program in recent years.
  • Students from the Episcopal Church: The MDiv program meets the ordination requirements of the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. Although students from outside Canada are asked to pay higher fees, such fees are often lower than fees for domestic students in the United States.

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.