About the Institute of Theology

Institute of Theology

The purpose of the Institute and its Programs is to assist in the formation of the laity by offering a variety of courses to accommodate parish, school, and community involvement.


The Institute of Theology coordinates two conjoint degrees with the University of Toronto at the Master’s level and non-conjoint Diploma programs in theology and lay ministry. Students in non-conjoint programs are not eligible for student services at the University of Toronto. Basic student services will be provided by St. Augustine’s Seminary in association with the Toronto School of Theology.


The Programs of the Institute of Theology include:

  • Master of Religious Education [M.R.E.]
  • Master of Theological Studies [M.T.S.]
  • Diploma in Theological Studies [D.T.S.]
  • Diploma in Lay Ministry [D.L.M.]


There are two options for classroom sites. Courses are conducted at our main campus sites: St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough (2661 Kingston Road) and Alumni Hall (121 St. Joseph Street) on the University of Toronto St. George Campus. Online courses are also offered.  Class times are varied and include day, evening and Saturday classes.


The Association of Theological Schools [A.T.S.] has approved our comprehensive distance education program (online courses).

  • In order to meet the A.T.S. standards and be eligible for degree completion, a student whose initial registration is May 2008 or later must take a minimum of 10 courses on our main campus sites, without exception.
  • Students may take up to 10 courses through distance education (online courses) and/or at another TST member college extension site towards our Master’s degree programs.
  • Students in our Diploma in Theological Studies may take 100% of their program online. Students in the Diploma in Lay Ministry may take all of their courses online except for one capstone course.  
  • Students, whose initial registration is January 2008 or prior, also have credit restrictions and should contact the Director for details.
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