Section 1: Admission Requirements

Entrance to Emmanuel College’s Master of Sacred Music program requires a four-year baccalaureate, or equivalent degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto. A three-year baccalaureate degree from a University recognized by the University of Toronto may also be considered. In some cases, an undergraduate degree from a Pontifical university or from a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities may be accepted.

For applicants to the Master of Sacred Music program, the minimum admission requirement is a 3rd year University of Toronto Bachelor of Music competency, which is equivalent to performance competency at Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Instrumental Syllabus (Canada). In addition, applicants will need to have the equivalent music theory competency that is co-requisite to a Grade 10 RCM certification (RCM Syllabi available here).

A minimum cumulative average of 70%, or a CGPA of 2.70, is normally required.

English Language Competency

Emmanuel College wishes to ensure that all students have sufficient written and spoken English language skills to enable them to function in a classroom setting. Therefore, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their English language ability by taking one of the following tests and achieving the stated minimum result. Test results that are older than two years at the time of application cannot be accepted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): if the test is taken in paper format, overall 580 and 5 in Test of Written English; if the test is taken in the computer-based format, overall 237 and 5 in essay writing; if the test is taken in internet format, 93 overall and at least 22 in each of the speaking and writing sections. The TOEFL institutional code used by Emmanuel College is that of the University of Toronto: 0982. International ESL-Academic Preparation Level 60 (Advanced) offered by the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto: Required score: B. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Required score: 7.0.

The minimum required TOEFL and TWE scores do not provide assurance of the ability to undertake theological studies at Emmanuel. The College reserves the right, therefore, to interview applicants from abroad upon their arrival in Toronto.


Applications for admission to Emmanuel College at the basic degree level are assessed according to academic and other criteria. The other criteria are the personal characteristics and interpersonal skills required to function effectively in the educational environment of this institution.

Much of our instruction requires group discussion, and students are frequently required to work in teams. Willingness to work with and learn from peers; flexibility of mind and attitude; skill in resolving conflict and in reconciling differing priorities are among the characteristics sought. In order to thrive students should possess a medium-high level of computer literacy, including but not limited to: familiarity with word processing program (for example, MS Word), Email and navigating the Internet. Those admitted should be prepared to work with and learn from peers preparing for ordered and lay ministry and who come from diverse ethnic, racial, social and cultural backgrounds. It is expected that the applicant's personal statement and letters of reference will give ample evidence of these characteristics and abilities.

Upon making offers of admission to its programs, Emmanuel College will ask applicants to indicate in writing whether they accept, decline, or defer for one year the College’s offer of admission. If after a deferral of one year an applicant seeks a further deferral, Emmanuel College may require updated versions of some or all of the application materials and an application fee.

Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto is accredited with the Association of Theological Colleges and is a theological college of The United Church of Canada and reflects its theological tradition. We accept students from other denominations and faiths and all applicants are assessed on the basis of personal ability without regard to race, sex, age or sexual orientation.

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