MPS Application Procedures

Complete Application Deadlines

·April 30 - Admission for Fall Session (September)

·December 16 - International Students may only apply for admission to the Fall Session (September) 

Once an application is complete, please allow 8 weeks to receive written notification of the admissions decision. 

1. Complete the Online Application for MPS Conjoint Basic Degree Program. Please complete all sections carefully. The online application will prompt you to upload your personal statement and résumé as attachments. Should you experience difficulty with the Online Application, you may request a PDF version of the application from the Office of Admissions or download it from the website. It is important to give your full and correct name on this form. Once entered, your name cannot, and will not, be changed without the appropriate verifying documentation.

2. Provide a written personal statement.The statement should be no more than four pages (double-spaced) and should touch on the following areas:

a.       regular spiritual practice; belief system

b.      relevant volunteer experience or prior professional experience including education

c.       why you are interested in the Emmanuel program and becoming part of the Emmanuel College community

d.      vocational goals

Be certain to put your name at the top of your statement. The personal statement must be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; have your statement ready before completing the application.

3. Upload your Video Submission – up to 10 minutes maximum

a. Tell us about important experiences in your life that have lead up to your decision to apply to the MPS program at Emmanuel College

b. Discuss ways you anticipate growing emotionally and spiritually in the program and ways you anticipate being challenged emotionally and spiritually.

c. Let us know if there is anything else you would like to share with us

4. Provide a current chronological résumé/CV. The résumé or CV must be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; have your résumé ready before completing the application.

5. Submit a general financial plan. Please provide an overall stratagem on how you plan to reduce current educational and non-educational debt; and how you plan to fund your theological education, indicating the total percentage from savings, employment income, government student loans, bank loans, other outside funding sources, and Emmanuel College financial assistance.

6. Official transcriptsArrange for official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions, even if completed part-time or attended several years ago, to be sent to the Office of Admissions at Emmanuel College. To be official, these transcripts must come directly to Emmanuel College from the academic institution.  All official transcripts received become the property of Emmanuel College and cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another academic institution.  Requests for copies of these official transcripts will also be declined.

Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as assessed by the University of Toronto.  We may require an applicant to have official international academic transcripts submitted directly to World Education Services (WES) Canada for verification as part of the admission process.

Transcripts, certificates and other formal academic credentials not in English or French must also be translated by a certified translator and included with the original document if WES not used.

7. Application Fee. A non-refundable application fee of fifty dollars Canadian ($50.00CAD) must be received before an application can be processed. You may pay online through PayPal OR send by post a personal cheque or money order payable to Victoria University to:

Office of Admissions
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

8. Arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Emmanuel College. Complete the Applicant section of the Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet before providing the cover sheet to each person providing you with a reference. The referee should not be related to you. The Cover Sheet provides guidelines for completing and submitting the letter of recommendation. While completing the application, you will be asked to provide the names of those providing references. The Cover Sheet can be located here.

Letters of recommendation are required from each of the following sources:
i) Ministerial/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference*
ii) Personal reference
iii) Academic reference**
iv) If you are applying as a transfer student, your application will require a letter of recommendation from the Director of Basic Degree Studies or Dean of Students commenting on your academic standing and character.

* In certain cases applicants may substitute second academic letter of recommendation for the minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader letter of recommendation.
** Ideally, the academic referee should be a university professor or instructor. If it has been some time since you attended university, provide a reference from someone who holds a university degree and who is capable of assessing you according to the guidelines for an academic reference listed below.


The ministerial/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality; (b) Emotional stability; (c) Theological and faith commitments; (d) Ability to work with and learn from others, including those who have different beliefs, commitments, cultures; and (e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

The personal reference* should comment upon the following:
(a) Character and personality; (b) Emotional stability; (c) Theological and faith commitments; (d) Ability to work with and learn from others, including those who have different beliefs, commitments, cultures; and (e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

*Personal references should not be related to the applicant

The academic reference should comment on the following:
(a) Intellectual and academic strengths and/or weaknesses; (b) Critical and analytical skills; (c) Maturity; (d) Written and oral communication abilities; (e) Ability to work with and learn from others; (f) Integrity; (g) Motivation and initiative; and (h) Personal judgment.

8. English Language Competency. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your English language ability by taking one of the language tests approved by the University of Toronto and arrange to have the official results sent to Emmanuel College before the application deadline. Further details about the tests and minimum required score levels can be found in the Admission Requirements section of the website.

All documentation is to be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
t. 416-585-4464 f. 416-585-4516

We will confirm received documentation via email. If you do not hear from us,we strongly advise you to contact us.

Notification of Acceptance: Once an application file is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee, please allow for 8 weeks to receive written notification of the admission decision.

Police CheckA Level 2 Vulnerable Sector Police Check is required for all MPS students, and all other students taking courses requiring that they work with a vulnerable population. This will be completed after a student has been admitted.

The Admissions Committee of Emmanuel College oversees the basic degree admissions process and sets minimum admission requirements for all basic degree programs as mandated by Emmanuel College, the Toronto School of Theology, the University of Toronto and the Association of Theological Schools.

The committee does not disclose the reason(s) for declining admission, nor do we accommodate requests for personalized feedback on rejected applications.  Decisions related to admission to a basic degree program are not subject to appeal.

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