The Master of Divinity is a 30 credit program which can be completed in three years of full time study and is intended primarily, although not exclusively, for persons training for ordained ministry or leadership positions in ministry. The program is designed as a process of theological, personal, and vocational formation, together with the development of professional competencies. The purpose of the program is to blend the theory and practical application and to develop spiritual formation for leadership. For a more detailed description, see the statement of intended outcomes for the MDiv program. (By "intended outomces" we mean the knowledge, capabilities and personal attributes of a typical graduate). The College supports the church in its processes of vocational discernment but is not in a position to guarantee ordination or employment in the church.
Students can also begin the program on a part time basis however we encourage students to take the entire program on a full-time basis (four to five courses a term in the fall and spring for three years, plus one or two courses in each of the two intervening summers) if possible. The Master of Divinity program must be completed in no more than eight years. Currently a minimum of two consecutive semesters must be devoted to full-time studies. The degree is awarded conjointly with the University of Toronto.
Field Education is an important component of the M.Div program and there are three units of supervised field education. Two units are part of academic courses WYF3010H and WYF3030H. Each of these courses includes an academic year- long placement requirement of 10 hours per week (September to April)
In addition there is a summer internship (WYF3020Y) usually lastiing a minumum of three months full time placement and worth two academic credits.
All placements are organised with and through the Director of Field Education.
M.Div. students who have attained an A- average in their first year may opt for the Honours track for the remainder of their program.These students will be required to take a biblical language course and write a research paper.In the winter term of the second year a special colloquium will be held which will include an original group research project.