Academic Policies

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As a member of the Toronto School of Theology (TST), Wycliffe follows the academic policies and procedures found in the TST's Basic Degree Handbook and the Graduate Degree Handbook.  The Basic Degree Handbook governs all of Wycliffe's Professional Graduate (formerly Basic) Degree programs, and the Graduate Degree Handbook governs all Academic Graduate (formerly Advanced) Degree programs.

The information below summarizes our policies on program time limits, transfer credits, leaves & extensions, academic discipline and sexual harrassment, grievance procedures, and freedom of information/privacy.  For further details, please consult the handbooks.

Time Limit for Degree Programs
Program Name Time Limit
MDiv 8 years
MTS 8 years
ThM 6 years
PhD 6 years (program extensions may be granted)
MA 1 year (program extensions may be granted)
CAS 6 years
DipCS 6 years


Full- and Part-Time Study

Your studies are considered full-time if you have a course load of four to six courses per semester.

Your studies are considered part-time if you have three or fewer courses per semester.

Required Full-Time Semesters:
Program Number and Type of Semesters Required
MDiv 2 full-time, normally consecutive, in residence
MTS None. You may complete the entire program on a part-time basis.
MA Full program (1 academic term)
ThM None. You may complete the entire program on a part-time basis.
PhD First 2 years full-time coursework, remaining 2-4 years full-time research/writing

The full-time semesters for the MDiv must be completed in the regular academic year (September through April). The MA and PhD are considered full-time from September 1 to August 31 each year.


Declaring A Leave of Absence for Basic Degree Student

A student who does not register for courses in a given year, does not apply for a leave of absence, and does not apply for continuation of registration, may be deemed to have withdrawn from studies. If such a student decides at a later date to resume studies, he or she may be required to apply for re-admission, and re-admission will not be guaranteed.

  • Continued registration is required for CTS (Certificate of Theological Studies) students. Students are required to take a minimum of 1 course (1 X 0.5 FCE) each Fall and Winter semester. Students are required to be registered in consecutive academic years until completion, with the exception of approved Leaves of Absence.
  • For other BD programs, if you do not plan to take a course in an academic year (Fall and Winter term), you must submit an approved Leave of Absence Form.

With the approval of the college of registration, a student in a conjoint basic degree program may be granted up to one calendar year of parental, health, or compassionate leave. This period of leave does not count towards the maximum number of years which the college may allow for the completion of a program. Leave of Absence Form for BD students.

The amount of time you’re granted for parental, health, or compassionate leave depends on your program:

Contact the Registrar's office for questions or forms.


Academic Discipline Policy

The University of Toronto Code of Academic Behaviour governs the responsibilities of all parties regarding the integrity of the teaching and learning relationship.

In January 2000, Wycliffe College and all member colleges of the TST adopted the Code of Academic Behaviour, including its definitions of offences and sanctions, and the normative process for adjudicating cases.

Copies of the complete Code are available for reference in the Principal’s Office, the Library, or online.


Non-Academic Discipline Policy

The Principal may require that a student withdraw from the College if at any time he or she fails to commend himself or herself as a person suitable for membership in the College.


Grievance Procedures and Policy

If you consider that you have been wronged in the application of any of the policies relating to your degree or diploma, you should do the following:

  • In the first instance, consult with the professor involved and/or with the director of your program.
  • If you remain unsatisfied and feel you haven’t been fairly heard, you may appeal to the College Faculty. See the Student Handbook.


Freedom of Information and Privacy Act

Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto respect your privacy.

Personal information that you provide to the College is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971.

At all times your personal information will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Your information is collected for the administration of admissions, registration, academic programs, university-related student activities, activities of student societies, safety, financial assistance and awards, graduation and university advancement, and reporting to government.

The College provides information to the University which is also required to report student-level enrolment-related data to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as a condition of its receipt of operating grant funding. The Ministry collects this enrolment data, which includes limited personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics, and educational outcomes, in order to administer government postsecondary funding, policies and programs, including planning, evaluation, and monitoring activities.

If you have questions, please look online or contact the University Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator at McMurrich Building, Room 104, 12 Queen's Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8.