Master of Divinity (MDiv)

General

Program Description

Who's It For?

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is for anyone looking to train for ministry. The master's degree provides students with theological, personal and vocational formation to serve as leaders in churches, parachurch organizations, the academy and other settings.

Wycliffe’s MDiv students are a close-knit community of Evangelicals who worship, work, and study together -- all while preparing for a life of Christian mission.

We offer:

  • One of the lowest tuition rates in Canada
  • An in-house residence with room and board in downtown Toronto

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What if I live outside of Toronto?

Our MDiv requires 2 terms of full-time residence. The remaining terms may be done part-time or at a distance. Our courses frequently run:

  • Evenings
  • Weekends
  • By remote access
  • In summer intensives
  • Online

Take advantage of our academic and practical resources

  • Formation in a deeply Evangelical community
  • Hands-on, supervised placements
  • Worship in the Anglican tradition
  • Access to University of Toronto libraries and student services
  • Affordable tuition

What Will I Prepare For?

Our graduates work in

  • Campus ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Charities
  • Counselling
  • Higher education
  • Missions
  • Parachurch organizations
  • Pastoral roles
  • Youth leadership

What if I don't see myself in full-time ordained ministry?

Our Master of Theological Studies (MTS) may be a better choice for you. With lots of elective space and no full-time residence requirement, the MTS gives you the flexibility to pursue your own interests in theology.

Plus, MTS and MDiv credits are often interchangeable, so there's room to change your mind!

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MDiv Program Requirements

  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree (some exceptions apply)
  • Program length: 3+ years
  • 18 core courses (see the MDiv Program Worksheet)
  • Choice of an MDiv Stream
  • 3 Placements (2 year-long, 1 summer)
  • Comp exams

Master of Divinity Streams

Students choose at least one of the following three streams:

Missional Leadership MDiv (ML)

For those interested in being equipped to cultivate established churches and ministries that are intentionally missional in focus.

Emphasis on: Leading organizational change, cultivating missional churches, liturgics, missional hub team student placements and discipleship

Pioneering Ministries MDiv (P)

For those interested in being equipped to lead new forms of ministry including church plants, church reboots, innovative outreach ministries and fresh expressions of church.

Emphasis on: Church planting and fresh expressions of church, cultural analysis and engagement, Christian worship, apologetics, student placements in innovative ministry contexts.

Advanced Academic MDiv (AA)

For those interested in learning the biblical languages with the view of qualifying for doctoral work while also meeting the traditional requirements of the MDiv degree.

Emphasis on: Hebrew and Greek, Biblical and theological electives emphasized.

Comprehensive Exams

All MDiv students take comprehensive written exams in their 1st and final years. These non-credit exams are ungraded, but they form the basis for evaluating your progress through the program.

Anglican MDiv Students

Anglican MDiv students must take courses such as Anglican Liturgics & Intro to Anglican Theology. Students from other denominations can take other appropriate courses and electives.

Note that ordination and employment in the Anglican Church rest solely with the ecclesial authorities.

Honours Program

MDiv students with an average of at least A- in their first year may opt for the Honours degree but must maintain an A- average throughout in order to stay in the program.

Additional Requirements

  • Biblical language course
  • Research paper
  • Third-year MDiv honours colloquium course called "The Image of God," which includes an original group research project.

Language Requirements in Preparation for Doctoral Studies

MDiv students planning to pursue doctoral studies should keep in mind the following details about the language requirements:

  • For entry to the doctoral program, you must provide evidence of reading competence in one ancient or modern language necessary for your field of research. This competence can be demonstrated by transcript evidence in the form of two semesters of university-level courses, not more than four years prior to your application to the doctoral program.
  • If the primary sources of your research are in a language other than English, you must provide evidence of competence and/or reading proficiency in that language. For instance, if you are focusing on a biblical text, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in Greek or Hebrew and competence in either the other biblical language or a modern research language.
  • You can take language courses as free electives during the MDiv program in consultation with, and approved by, your faculty advisor.

Once admitted, all Ph.D. students will need to give evidence of their research language(s) by taking a TST Language Exam or by passing a TST Language Course before registration in September.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Our goal is to challenge and encourage those who seek a greater understanding of the transforming power of Jesus Christ and to equip, through excellence in theological scholarship and spiritual format ... Read More

Our goal is to challenge and encourage those who seek a greater understanding of the transforming power of Jesus Christ and to equip, through excellence in theological scholarship and spiritual formation, those who are called to ministry or academic pursuits. Read less