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Application Deadlines

  • December 15: International Applicants
  • March 15: Master of Sacred Music Applicants 
  • April 30: All other Domestic Applicants

Emmanuel College only offers Admission in September.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Requirements
  • English-Proficiency Testing
  • International Degree Assessment
  • Conditional Admission Requirements
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Admission Decisions

Applications are only assessed after the application deadline. Admissions decisions will be issued by the following dates:

  • February 1: International
  • June 1: Domestic

Application Procedures

1. Academic Background/Transcripts

In the online application you will be asked to list all post-secondary institutions attended, with the option to upload unofficial transcripts. For the purposes of application assessment, unofficial transcripts will suffice, however official transcripts are required upon an offer of admission and can be ordered to the Office of Admission anytime prior to the application deadline. 

Transcripts are required for all University enrolled programs, completed and uncompleted. Transcripts from non-university programs are not required, but can be included.

Unofficial Transcripts

  • are transcripts that have been sent to the applicant from the institution; or a report showing marks accessible from a Student Information System, and can be uploaded to the application

Official Transcripts

  • are transcripts sent directly to Emmanuel College's Office of Admissions, from the institution via post or email 
  • are only required upon an offer of admission, but can be sent anytime prior to the Application deadline
  • During COVID-19, if your institution has the option, please request official transcripts be sent by email: emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca 

International Transcripts

Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as assessed by the University of Toronto.

Applicants are encouraged to submit official international academic transcripts 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 is not used.

2. Relevant Experience
Applicants are encouraged to highlight relevant volunteer or professional experiences. These can be either formal or informal experiences of care and outreach within your community or family.
This is only necessary for the MPS program, though details pertaining to relevant experience can be included to strengthen applications to other programs as well.
3. Letters of Recommendation

All programs require at least three letters of recommendation. References and their email addresses will be entered into your application. Upon submission of an application, the referee's will receive an automated email with instructions and a link to upload their reference letter directly to your application. References can be also emailed directly to emmanuel.admissions@utoronto.ca from the referee.

Academic Reference

This should be a university professor/instructor or a university-educated connection who is capable of assessing you according to the guidelines listed below.

Pastoral/Spiritual Reference

In certain cases, a second academic letter of recommendation may be substituted.

Personal Reference

This reference should not be related to the applicant.

Musical Reference

Master of Sacred Music Applicants only.

TST Transfer Student Reference

Students transferring within TST will require a letter of recommendation from their college commenting on academic standing and character.

Applicants will be required to enter the names and valid email addresses for all references cited in your online application.

References will receive an automated email with letter guidelines, along with a link and instructions for uploading their letter of recommendation directly to your application. References may be contacted to verify legitimacy.

Reference Guidelines

Academic References

The academic reference should comment on the following:

  • intellectual and academic strengths and/or weaknesses;
  • critical and analytical skills;
  • maturity;
  • written and oral communication skills;
  • ability to work with and learn from others;
  • integrity;
  • motivation and initiative; and
  • personal judgment.

Pastoral/Spiritual References

The ministerial/pastoral or community/spiritual leader reference should address the following:

  • character and personality;
  • emotional stability;
  • theological and faith commitments;
  • ability to work with and learn from others, including those who have different beliefs, commitments and cultures; and
  • potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.

Personal References

The personal reference should address the following:

  • character and personality;
  • emotional stability;
  • theological and faith commitments;
  • ability to work with and learn from others, including those who have different beliefs, commitments and cultures; and
  • potential for theological study and/or potential for ministry, spiritual care or other leadership.
4. General Financial Plan

Please provide a general overview of how you plan to fund your theological education, indicating percentage from savings, employment income, government student loans, bank loans, other outside funding sources and Emmanuel College.

Example:

  • 50 per cent Government Student Loans
  • 25 per cent Savings
  • 15 per cent Family Support
  • 10 per cent Employment
5. Supporting Materials

CV/Resumé

All applicants are required to upload a pdf of a current CV or Résumé.

 

Personal Statement

MPS & MDIV

The statement should be no more than four pages (double-spaced) and should touch on the following areas:

  • regular spiritual practice/belief system;
  • relevant volunteer experience or prior professional experience including education;
  • engagement with the Vision, Mission, Values and the DEAR declaration;
  • why you are interested in the Emmanuel program and becoming part of the Emmanuel College community; and
  • vocational goals.

MSMus

The statement should be no more than two pages (double spaced) outlining:

  • why you would benefit from studies at Emmanuel College;
  • your vocational goals;
  • your theology;
  • your music education and training;
  • your learning style;
  • engagement with the Vision, Mission, Values and the DEAR declaration; and
  • what you think you would contribute to Emmanuel College.

MTS/Certificates/Non-Degree

The statement should be no more than two pages (double-spaced) outlining:

  • why you would benefit from studies at Emmanuel College;
  • your vocational goals;
  • your theology;
  • your learning style;
  • engagement with the Vision, Mission, Values and the DEAR declaration; and
  • what you think you would contribute to Emmanuel College.

 

Video Submission

This is a requirement for Master of Pastoral Studies and Master of Divinity applicants only. Video submission should be 3-5 minutes maximum.

  • Tell us about important experiences in your life that have lead up to your decision to apply to Emmanuel College.
  • Discuss ways you anticipate growing emotionally and spiritually in the program and ways you anticipate being challenged emotionally and spiritually.
  • Let us know if there is anything else you would like to share with us.

Please ensure that privacy setting/viewing permissions create viewable links. YouTube links should be set to Unlisted not Private

6. Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 CAD must be received before an application can be processed.

Please pay online through PayPal. 

 

7. Admissions Counsellor Meeting
All applicants are required to have met with the Admissions Counsellor at an event or one-on-one meeting.
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MSMus Additional Admission Information

Admission Policy

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.

Deferral Policy

MPS Program: 

Emmanuel College does not have the capacity to offer deferrals in the Master of Pastoral Studies Program. If an applicant is unable to accept an offer of admission for any reason, a re-application will be required for consideration to attend in the future.   

All other Programs: 

MDiv, MTS, MSMUs & Certificate applicants who are offered admission may request to defer the start of their program until the following September only, with a non-refundable deferral fee of $50.