Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity, University of Toronto

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to take courses at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College?

To take a course for credit, you must be enrolled in one of our graduate theological study programmes, either the Master of Theological Studies (MTS, 20 credits) or Master of Divinity (MDiv, 30 credits). Students of other schools at the Toronto School of Theology (TST) may register for the courses as usual through the ACORN registration system.

Admission to the MTS or MDiv requires an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a B average from a recognised university. For full admission requirements, see our admissions page.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or do not need to study for credit within a formal degree programme, you can still audit our courses and receive a Certificate of Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies. See below for more details on auditing.

What month can I start my studies? When do I need to apply?

Students may begin their MTS or MDiv in any term: Fall (September), Winter/Spring (January) or Summer (May).

Applications for admission to the MTS or MDiv are received throughout the year. Full admissions on the basis of a complete application and interview can only take place at least a month before each term begins.

If there is not enough time to apply fully before classes begin, you may still register for one or two courses for credit under a provisional MTS status, provided that you proceed with a full application and admission before any further courses are taken. To register to take a course for credit for the first time please complete the two forms found on the admissions page.

How much do courses cost?

To take a course for credit is around $650 plus student fees. Credits may be used towards a MTS or MDiv degree at Trinity College or any college of the Toronto School of Theology, or transferred to another graduate degree programme at another university.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Yes, students enrolled in the MTS or MDiv programme may apply for bursary assistance, which may cover up to 85% of tuition fees.

Can I study online?

Yes, most of our courses are offered online as well as in class. The entire MTS degree (2 years, 20 credits) may be completed remotely through online courses. The MDiv degree (3 years, 30 credits) has a one-year residency requirement, but up to 20 credits may be completed through online courses.

I am not a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada. Can I still enrol?

Yes, certainly. If you apply and get admitted to the MTS or MDiv programme you can study online or apply for a study permit in Canada and move to Toronto for the courses in class. The Canadian embassy or consulate nearest you can advise you on the requirements for your particular citizenship. You may also wish to consult the international students website of the University of Toronto.

Please note that, while domestic (Canadian or permanent resident) fees are approximately CDN $650 per course, foreign tuition fees are three times that amount. Bursaries are available, but only up to 85% of the domestic tuition fees, so other external financial support would need to be found by the student. If you do not have an undergraduate degree or do not need to study for credit within a formal degree programme, you can still audit our courses as a non-Canadian and receive a Certificate of Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies. See below for more details on auditing, which costs the same for both foreign and domestic students.

All the courses are in English, of course, so in addition to the normal admissions requirements, we would need evidence of capability of study at the graduate academic level in English. Something like the TOEFL is usually sufficient for that.

What does auditing involve?

Auditing means to take the courses without formal registration in a degree programme. We offer the opportunity to audit any of our courses for $250 each (the same cost applies to domestic and foreign students). Auditing can be in class or online. You can participate as much as you like, including attending lectures or watching them online, participating in classroom or online discussion forums, leading seminars, and even doing some of the assignments if you wish. You may receive informal feedback on your participation, but there are no grades, and the courses neither count for credit nor can they be converted for credit later on.

To audit a course, please fill in an audit form (PDF) and pay the auditor's fee for each course.

What does an auditor receive?

With full participation, an auditor can achieve much the same education as a full credit student, but there is no academic degree awarded. Nevertheless, after auditing seven courses in the programme, auditors earn a Certificate in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies. After auditing 14 courses, an Honours Certificate is awarded.

I really appreciate the work you are doing for the Orthodox Church in Canada. How can I support the school?

We have recently established a charitable foundation called Trinity Orthodox Theological Foundation. It is a registered Ontario not-for-profit company (company number 1976338). We have applied for registration with Canada Revenue Agency as a charity to issue tax receipts. Once that has been confirmed we will offer the opportunity for people to donate to support our work. All money raised by the foundation will go directly to developing our programmes, supporting our faculty and students, and running conferences and other events.