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Requirements for Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Graduate Diploma in Ministry, Graduate Certificate of Christian Studies

  1. What is your Christian experience?
  2. What are some of your most significant learning experiences (formal or informal)?
  3. What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
  4. What are your ministry and/or professional goals and how do you expect to contribute to the church and society through your future ministry?
  5. How do you expect McMaster Divinity College to advance your ministry and professional development?
  • Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended (or high school transcript for Cert.C.S. and Dip.Min.)
  • Three references (no relatives)
  1. Pastoral
  2. Academic
  3. Character

Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

  • Proof of financial support as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 237 CBT, 580 PBT, or 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
  • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
  • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration
    NOTE: Students who do not possess passports from North American countries must pay a processing fee of $100.

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (fall semester) or November 15 (winter semester).

Requirements for Occasional Students

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (fall semester) or November 15 (winter semester).

Requirements for Letter of Permission Students (L.O.P.)

  • Application for Admission Form
  • Letter of permission from your home university giving permission for the course to be transferred to your current program

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (fall semester) or November 15 (winter semester).

Requirements for Audit Applicants

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (fall semester) or November 15 (winter semester). 

Requirements for Master of Arts (Christian Studies) and Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Theology)

  1. What do you want to accomplish by working for an MA (Christian Studies) or PhD (Christian Theology)?
  2. Why is McMaster Divinity College the best place for you to develop the above?
  • Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two academic references
  • One pastoral reference
  • Name, title, and contact information for three additional referees who are willing to speak on your behalf, if contacted.

Additional Requirements for PhD Applicants

  • Curriculum vitae that lists your past education, work experience, professional accreditations, publications, ministry and leadership experience, ancient and modern language proficiencies, and honours
  • McMaster Divinity College faculty member by whom you would like to be mentored
  • Master's thesis or writing sample in your proposed area of specialization (minimum 10,000 words)
  • A one-page description of the topic you are considering for your dissertation

Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

  • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 237 CBT, 580 PBT, or 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
  • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
  • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1/November 15 or January 15 (PhD)

Requirements for Doctor of Practical Theology

  1. What do you want to accomplish by working for an DPT
  2. Why is McMaster Divinity College the best place for you to develop the above?
  • Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • One academic reference
  • One pastoral reference
  • Name, title, and contact information for two additional people who are willing to speak on your behalf, if contacted.

Additional Requirements for DPT Applicants

  • Description of your past work experience, ministry and leadership experience, and other studies/certifications
  • Master's thesis or writing sample in your proposed area of specialization
  • A one-page description of the topic you are considering for your dissertation project/practice

Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

  • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 237 CBT, 580 PBT, or 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
  • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
  • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

*A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1/November 15