This three-year 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 program is also directed to the student’s personal and spiritual growth. Except for two full-time terms, one of which may be the Internship, the program may be completed entirely on a part-time basis.
The Faculty of Divinity provides financial support to assist students in making time for their studies with Trinity College, including bursaries. Current, we are able to provide financial assistance up to 100% of tuition costs for those seeking ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada.
The MDiv faculty advisor is Prof. Chris Brittain, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Divinity. You will consult with your advisor prior to course registration in order to arrange a balanced program of studies that suits your educational and vocational goals. It remains your responsibility to ensure that all program requirements are fulfilled to be eligible to graduate. Your faculty advisor is available at any time throughout the academic year.
To complete the MDiv at Trinity, 30 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 Catalogue. Students must complete, in addition to the thirty course credits, certain College program requirements.
Full-time standing requires enrollment in four or more courses per term. Part-time standing is enrollment in three or fewer courses per term. To complete the MDiv, each student must have at least two semesters with full-time standing.
Students will take courses from four program areas (biblical, historical, pastoral and theological studies), along with theological field education and open electives. Normally 15 credits must be completed before the internship semester. 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.
FIELD EDUCATION INTERNSHIP
H – one credit
Y – two credits
F – first semester
S – second semester
Y – full year
* Strongly recommended
** See Theological Field Education and Parish Internship below
*** See Liturgical Formation below
Note: A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit or a Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE) is not a required part of the MDiv program but is strongly recommended. Some dioceses require CPE for ordination. A CPE unit is best undertaken as a 12-week full-time placement in the April to June period. However, extended units are available during the academic year. PCE is available only in extended units. A CPE/PCE unit undertaken in a program approved or accredited by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS) receives 2 course credits.
A person’s theological education does not begin at Trinity College nor does it end upon graduation. A fundamental assumption of the 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.
The Faculty of Divinity has designed our programs to meet the academic requirements for lay and ordained leadership in the Church and in society, and is concerned also to provide for the personal, professional and spiritual development of its students. All our academic studies are offered within the context of a worshipping community: the Eucharist and Offices are celebrated daily in the renowned Trinity College Chapel. And academic studies are complemented by a variety of courses designed to provide the student an opportunity to combine the theoretical with the practical.
Among the goals of Trinity College is to assist in the formation of people who will be able to preside or assist at the liturgy of the church knowledgeably and with dignity. We intend that our graduates be able to draw continuing nourishment from the liturgy and be able to lead others into its spiritual resources. Liturgical formation at Trinity consists of three parts: regular worship in chapel, classroom sessions, and practica in singing, reading, leading the prayers of the people, preaching and eucharistic presiding at eucharist. Each component is vital for a well-founded preparation in the areas of liturgics and homiletics.
Liturgical Formation, a crucial part of preparation for ordained ministry, unfolds in the following activities:
The responsibility for the weekly planning of the liturgy belongs to the Liturgy Teams. Working with the Rev’d Andrea Budgey, and the Director of Music, Dr. John Tuttle, each team meets a week in advance to assign the various liturgical ministries among its members and to do the necessary liturgical planning. Those who are intending ordination in the Anglican Church are required to be a member of a chapel team at least once each term they are at the College.
The teams work collegially throughout the week for which they are responsible. They exercise a variety of liturgical ministries as they read, preach, lead the prayers of the people, act as acolyte and thurifer, officiate at the Offices, distribute communion, assist at the Eucharist, and take the role of Liturgical Coordinator (LC). In the week following their turn on team, members reflect on their experience and evaluate what went well and what might be done differently in the future.
Training for the various liturgical ministries is a part of preparation for the week. The Dean and other staff members are resources for training during the team’s term of duty. Team members are expected to help and support one another through the week. The Liturgical Coordinator (LC) leads a rehearsal for those exercising a number of duties at the principal Community Eucharist on Tuesdays. Attendance at both rehearsals and the week’s liturgies is an integral part of the team’s responsibilities.
Liturgy Teams have become an important part of our community life. Because they rely on collegiality for their effectiveness, it is imperative that team members participate as fully as possible in all the liturgies during their week. (This may mean making arrangements for some of your other responsibilities during the week you are on team and on the preceding Wednesday for planning, and for the evaluation meeting.) Working together and respecting the gifts each of us has been given has a significant effect on building up our common life of prayer.
Spiritual formation 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. 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 of Divinity sponsors an annual retreat, 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.
A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit is not a required part of the M.Div. program but is recommended. A CPE unit is best undertaken as a 12-week full-time placement in the April-June period. However, extended units are available during the academic year. A CPE unit undertaken in a programme approved or accredited by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/ACSS) receives 2 course credits.
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 in addition to the college course or field education requirements.
Policy for reporting on M. Div. Students to Diocesan Bishops or Other Ecclesiastical Authorities
* M.Div. students should submit Field Education Internship, and CPE/PCE evaluations directly to their Bishops or other church authorities. Note that these evaluations are complete only when both the supervisors and the students report are submitted.
* M.Div. students who require an evaluative report from the Faculty of Divinity for their diocesan bishop, candidates committee, or other church authority, may request such a report in writing to the Dean, giving at least one month’s notice. It is up to the student to ascertain when such reports are required by the church and to give timely notice to the Faculty.
Normally, the report will be drafted in the following way:
If you have questions, please contact the Master of Divinity faculty advisor: The Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-978-7750.