In order to achieve our mission, McMaster Divinity College has committed itself to the transformational paradigm of “Knowing…Being…Doing…” as the basis of both our professional and research degree programs. All of our courses impart a body of knowledge (knowing) that enhances our students’ understanding, insight, and perspective on the important issues of the Christian faith. We are convinced, however, that education must push beyond the informational to the formational (being) and result in an inner transformation, where all members of the learning community are conformed to Christ’s image. This paradigm of education includes advanced vocational competencies (doing) so that graduates from our degree programs are equipped for what will be required of them as they move from graduation to their chosen ministry vocation.

Current Diversity trends appear below with our enrolment by gender, where the red bar represents the percentage of males in each program and the blue bar represents the number of females.

Upon graduation, students are asked to reflect on their programs and how these programs prepared them for their future. They are then asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 concerning their ability to function within various aspects of our Knowing, Being, Doing paradigm. Below is a sample of the results. “Before” reflects their thoughts concerning the beginning of their program. “After” reflects their thoughts concerning the end of their program.

MDiv Student Survey
Ability to Articulate Christian Worldview

Functions as a Model of Personally-Appropriate Christian Spirituality

Reflects Theologically and Dialogues with Appropriate Resources


MTS Student Survey
Ability to Articulate Christian Worldview

Functions as a Model of Personally-Appropriate Christian Spirituality

Reflects Theologically and Dialogues with Appropriate Resources

M.A. Student Survey
Ability to Conduct Research in Area of Theological Discipline

Understands How Area of Discipline Addresses Contemporary Society

Programme of Study Contributes to Christian Ministry

Ph.D. Student Survey
Exhibits Expertise in Area of Theological Discipline and Research

Sense of Christian Identity

Ability to Contribute to Ongoing Scholarship