Trinity College

Programme Requirements and Curriculum

To complete the MDiv at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, 30 credits are required. One credit is given for each semester course successfully completed. Normally, courses meet once a week for two to three 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 30 course credits, other programme requirements.

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 number 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 programme 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 programme. In this case the 30-course requirement is not diminished. Normally a student is expected to proceed to more advanced courses in the area or areas already covered.

To achieve the concentration in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies, a minimum of 18 of the 30 courses must be in courses designated as Orthodox studies.


Biblical Studies (4 credits)

Theology (5 credits)

Any five of the following:

History (3 credits)

Liturgy and Homiletics (4 credits)

Applied Theology (3 credits)

Pastoral Theology (5 credits)

  • Life and Death in the Wilderness (TRP2665) [offered annually within Trinity College Faculty of Divinity]
  • Congregational Administration Nuts and Bolts (TRP2721) [offered annually within Trinity College Faculty of Divinity] or, for those not pursuing parish ministry, an additional pastoral course from those listed below
  • Trauma, Healing, and Transformation: Psychodynamic Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives (TRP3523) [offered annually within Trinity College Faculty of Divinity]

Plus any two additional courses from the following:

Field Education (4 credits)

For details please the Theological Field Education and Internship section. Field education takes place through the MDiv programme, but students register for the following courses during the term of their full-time internship, normally in year two:

  • Parish Ministry (TRD3010YS - two credits)
  • Christian Education (TRD3020HS)
  • Theology of Ministry (TRD3030HS)

Free electives (2 credits)

Any two credits of the following: