Admission Procedures

for MDiv, MPS, MPS: Muslim Studies, MTS, LTh and Diploma

*also available in PDF


1. Complete the Emmanuel College Online Application for Basic Degree Programs. 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.

If applicable, be particularly clear about your candidacy status - the terms “Inquirer” and “Candidate” refer to specific stages of the ministry candidacy process of The United Church of Canada. If you are considering candidacy, but have not yet begun the discernment process, please check the “undecided” option.

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 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 can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your statement ready before completing the application. You may, however, choose to submit it separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions or emailing it as a PDF or MS Word attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca

3. Provide a current chronological résumé. The résumé can be uploaded as an attachment to the online application form; therefore it is advantageous to have your résumé ready before completing the application. You may, however, choose to submit the résumé separately, by sending it by post or fax to the Office of Admissions, or emailing it as a PDF or MS Word attachment to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca

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 financial aid application form). On the Prospective Student section of the Emmanuel College website, there is an example of the general financial plan for your reference.

5. Official transcripts. Arrange for official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended to be forwarded to the Office of Admissions at Emmanuel College. To be official, these transcripts must be sent directly to Emmanuel College by the institution concerned.

6. Application Fee. An application fee of fifty dollars Canadian ($50.00 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 Emmanuel College 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. The Cover Sheet can be located here.

Letters of recommendation are required from each of the following sources:
i) Minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference*
ii) Personal reference
iii) Academic reference* *
iv) Music teacher/peer (only required for applications to the Master of Sacred Music program)
v) 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.

* Applications to the Master of Theological Studies program may substitute a second academic letter of recommendation for the minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader letter of recommendation.

** 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 onus is on the applicant to identify appropriate alternatives if you are unable to identify a minister/pastoral or community/spiritual leader, or former professor, to provide a letter of recommendation.

The minister/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 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 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
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.

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
emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca
t. 416-585-4464 f. 416-585-4516

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

Application Deadlines

May 30 – Admission for Fall Session (September)
October 30 – Admission for Winter Session (January)
February 15 – Admission for Summer Session (May)

Those applying to live in residence must be admitted before June 30.

* Please note the Master of Sacred Music program has different admission deadlines and application procedures.

Notification of Acceptance

Once an application file is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee, please allow for 3-5 weeks to receive written notification of the admission decision.

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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