Toronto School of Theology


Toronto School of Theology
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Motto in English
We work together with Him
TypeFederated graduate theological college
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic, Anglican, Reformed, United Church of Canada
Academic affiliation
University of Toronto
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The Toronto School of Theology (TST) is an ecumenical centre for graduate-level Christian theological education and the largest of its kind in Canada.[1] Affiliated with the University of Toronto, TST comprises seven member colleges in the Catholic, Anglican, and Reformed traditions, as well as four affiliated institutions attached to smaller denominations. It is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[2]


The school was originally constituted as the Toronto Graduate School of Theological Studies in 1944, in order to promote collaboration around advanced degree programs among the theology schools affiliated with the University of Toronto. In 1970 this was further formalised with the establishment of the Toronto School of Theology. Finally, in 1979 a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Toronto made it possible for the member schools to grant conjoint basic and advanced degrees in theology.[3] The Toronto School of Theology's Arms and Flag were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on March 1, 2001.[4] The school's motto is the Greek word συνεργουντες (synergountes), which is taken from 2 Corinthians 6:1 and means "We work together with Him" (or more loosely translates to “Co-worker”).[4]

Member Institutions

All full member institutions of the Toronto School of Theology, with the exception of St. Augustine's Seminary, are part of the University of Toronto. Combining all the member schools of the TST, 530 courses are offered each year to over 1500 students.[5]

Name Founded Denomination
Emmanuel College 1928 United
St. Augustine's Seminary 1913 Roman Catholic (diocesan)
Wycliffe College 1877 Anglican (low church)
Regis College 1930 Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Knox College 1844 Presbyterian
St. Michael's College Faculty of Theology 1852 Roman Catholic (Basilian Fathers)
Trinity College Faculty of Divinity 1851 Anglican (high church)

Affiliated Institutions

Name Founded Denomination Parent Institution
Conrad Grebel University College 1963 Mennonite University of Waterloo
Huron University College 1863 Anglican University of Western Ontario
Institute for Christian Studies 1967 Reformed N/A
Martin Luther University College 1911 Evangelical Lutheran Wilfrid Laurier University
McMaster Divinity College 1838 Baptist McMaster University



The following programs are offered by one or more of the members of TST:

Each program is awarded conjointly by the school the student is registered with and the University of Toronto.

Reputation and Rankings

In the 2021 QS World University Rankings the Toronto School of Theology/University of Toronto was ranked #1 in Canada and #11 in the world for Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.[6] The journal First Things, an organ of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York, ranked the Toronto School of Theology fourth among graduate programs in theology.[7] The Toronto School of Theology was also ranked #3 for the number of doctoral students that have graduated and gone on to positions in fellow member schools of the Association of Theological Schools.[8]

Toronto School of Theology libraries

Students have access to the libraries of every member school, including Knox's Caven Library, St. Michael's Kelly Library, Trinity and Wycliffe's John W. Graham Library, and the libraries of Emmanuel College, Regis College, and St. Augustine's Seminary. Students, moreover, have access to the library system of the University of Toronto, including Robarts Library, Canada's largest library and the fourth largest academic library system in North America.[9][10]


The Toronto Journal of Theology is published semi-annually. It promotes progressive publication of current opinion on the full range of scholarship represented by diverse Christian traditions through the analysis of issues in Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Systematic and Pastoral Theology, and Christian Ethics and engagement of cross-cultural perspectives in discussing theological issues.

See also


  1. ^ "Overview and History". Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
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  4. ^ a b Arms and Flag
  5. ^ "Quick Facts".
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  9. ^ Association of Research Libraries. "ARL Statistics 2004-05" (PDF). pp. 66–69. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
  10. ^ University of Toronto Libraries. "Annual Statistics". Retrieved 2007-01-23.

External links

  • Toronto School of Theology