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Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements
Emmanuel College programs require a four-year baccalaureate, or equivalent degree from a university recognized by the University of Toronto.
A minimum average equivalent of 70 per cent, or a CGPA of 2.70 at the University of Toronto, is normally required. International Credentials Equivalencies.

In some cases, an undergraduate degree from a Pontifical university or from a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities may be accepted. 

Master of Sacred Music candidates must perform minimally at the level of a third-year Bachelor of Music program. 
English-Language Proficiency

Students must be able to communicate effectively in English to study at the University of Toronto. Proficiency in the English language must be demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. This is a requirement of admission and should be met before application, but must be met before the deadline to register.

This requirement may be satisfied using one of the English-language proficiency tests below. Test results that are older than two years at the time of application cannot be accepted. In these circumstances, the applicant must retake the English-language proficiency test. Minimum scores are indicated; however, achieving minimum scores does not ensure admission.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service (ETS) Web:

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats:

  1. the Internet-based format (iBT) offered year-round
  2. the paper-based format (PBT) only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries The iBT TOEFL must include the writing and speaking

The PBT TOEFL must include the Test of Written English (TWE) component.

Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.

All applicants must satisfy the minimum TOEFL score requirements listed in the following chart.

TOEFL Minimum Score Requirements  
Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) Including Writing and Speaking Sections Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT) and TWE
Overall score: 93
Writing: 22
Speaking: 22
Overall score: 580
TWE: 5
Note: results from the TOEFL iBT Home Edition (launched in select countries in March 2020) can be used to satisfy the English-language proficiency requirement.

We do not accept the TOEFL ITP or TOEFL ITP Plus For China for admission purposes.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


Required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.


Academic English Level 60

School of Continuing Studies University of Toronto


Required score: B


Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)


Required score: 85


The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test, CE (Computer Edition)


Required score: 70 minimum total with at least 60 in each part.


The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

English Language Diagnosis and Assessment (ELDA) Web:

Required score: 76 minimum total with at least 22 in each component and 32 in writing



Normally, if applicants meet any one of the following conditions, they are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English (please consult the Admissions Office to determine whether proof of ELP will still be required):

  • Native language is English (language first learned and still used on a daily basis)
  • A Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French
  • Has obtained their admitting degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English
  • Completed their admitting degree in one of the following countries/regions: Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe 

Note: Some applicants from the above mentioned countries/regions may be required to provide proof of English proficiency as English is not the sole language of instruction at all universities.

The language of instruction and examination must be verified by the Admissions Office. Applicants should provide an official academic transcript with a note confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination. If the official academic transcript does not have this note, applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution directly to the graduate unit confirming the use of English as the primary language of instruction and examination.

International Degree Assessment
Conditional Admissions

In exceptional cases, Emmanuel College may admit an applicant without a complete baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent if evidence of academic ability is demonstrated. In such cases Emmanuel College Admissions Committee will look for the following:

  • An official transcript indicating completion of the equivalent of at least one year's full-time study in Arts and Sciences from an accredited institution or equivalent institution (as assessed by the Admissions and Procedures Committee of the Toronto School of Theology) normally taken within 2 years prior to the application and with a minimum CGPA of 70 per cent.
  • A dossier that includes a statement of why the applicant would like to be considered for admission along with other evidence of how life and learning experience has helped prepare the applicant for theological study at the graduate level. (Formal written approval of an applicant by the United Church of Canada or other religious body for a "shorter course" program leading to professional ministry will be considered as evidence in meeting this requirement.)

Such students will be admitted to the degree program conditional on completing a specified number of course credits with a minimum grade of 70 per cent in each.