Section 2: Application Procedures


1.  Complete the Emmanuel College Online Application for Basic Degree Programs available on the website. Please complete all sections carefully. The online application will prompt you to upload your personal statement and resume as attachments. Should you experience difficulty with the Online Application you may request a PDF version of the application from the Office of Admissions.

2. Provide a personal statement. The statement should be no more than two pages (double spaced) describing why you would benefit from studies at Emmanuel College, your vocational goals, your theology, your music education and training, your learning style, and what you think you would contribute to Emmanuel College. 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; therefore it is advantageous to have your statement ready before completing the application. 

3. Provide a current chronological résumé or CV. The résumé must be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your résumé ready before completing the application. 

4. Submit a general financial plan. It should be included when you complete the application form. This plan should provide an overall stratagem for how you intend to fund your theological education indicating the percentage of your total expenses you intend to cover from savings, employment income, government student loans, other outside sources, and student financial aid from Emmanuel College (this plan is different from the bursary application form).

5. Arrange 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.

6. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 Canadian (CAD) must be received before an application can be processed. You may pay online 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.

7. 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 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. i) Minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference ii) Personal reference iii) Academic reference** iv) Music teacher/peer  If you are applying as a transfer student, your application will require an additional letter of recommendation from the Director of Basic Degree Studies or Dean of Students commenting on your academic standing and character.

The onus is on the applicant to identify appropriate alternatives if you are unable to identify a minister or former professor to provide a letter of recommendation.

The minister/pastoral/community/spiritual leader and 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 who have different theological beliefs, commitments, cultures and lifestyles; and
(e) Potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

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) Integrity;
(f) Motivation and initiative; and
(g) Personal judgment.
** Ideally the academic reference 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 music teacher or music peer reference should be in the field with a minimum of 10 years of leadership experience, and should comment on the following:
(a) The nature of the relationship and the length of time the person writing the letter of recommendation has known the applicant;
(b) The applicant’s musical ability; and
(c) The applicant’s suitability for studies in advanced liturgical music.

8. Supplemental music material as outlined in the Demonstrating Musical Strengths section must be submitted by the application deadline.

9. A personal 30 minute interview will be scheduled once all the application documents have been received. All applicants are requested to appear for a 30-minute personal interview unless distance is a factor, in which case a Skype or telephone interview may be arranged.

At such time, a performance audition for keyboardists and vocalists is normally slated (after May 4). Such performances will be adjudicated by the Director (or designate) and an instructor skilled in the arts of the medium selected. The candidate should prepare 30 minutes of music, demonstrating breadth and depth of repertoire; it is likely that the entirety of every piece may not be heard. In the event of a long-distance application, arrangements should be made to submit two copies of a video (CD or DVD). The focus of the video in all cases will be the applicant and not other performers.

10. English Language Competency. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate your English language ability as mentioned above before the application deadline. Further details about the tests and minimum required score levels can be found in the Preparatory Requirement section of the Emmanuel College Basic Degree Student Handbook.

All documentation is to be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
Emmanuel College
75 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
Phone: 416-585-4464; Fax: 416-585-4516
We will confirm received documentation via email. If you do not hear from us, we strongly advise you to contact us.

Application Deadline: March 15 – Admission for Fall Session (September)

Notification of Acceptance: Applicants to the MSMus program will generally receive written notification of the admission decision in June.

Police Check:  A Level 2 Police Check is required for all MDiv, LTh, MPS, MSMus and Diploma 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.

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