Please review the following application requirements for each of our degree programs.

  • Requirements for Master of Divinity/Master of Theological Studies

    1. Agreement with the MDC Statement of Faith

    2. Personal statement answering the following questions:

    • What is your Christian experience?
    • What are some of your most significant learning experiences (formal or informal)?
    • What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
    • What are your ministry and/or professional goals and how do you expect to contribute to the church and society through your future ministry?
    • How do you expect McMaster Divinity College to advance your ministry and professional development?

     

    3. Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended (or high school transcript for Cert.C.S. and Dip.Min.)

    4. Three references (no relatives)

    5. Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

    • Proof of financial support as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
    • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
    • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

    NOTE: Students who do not possess passports from North American countries must pay a processing fee of $100.

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (Fall semester), October 15 (Winter semester), or March 15 (Spring semester).

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  • Requirements for Doctor of Practical Theology

    1. Agreement with the MDC Statement of Faith

    2. Answers to the following questions:

    • What is your Christian experience?
    • What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
    • What are your vocational and educational goals in pursuing the DPT?
    • Why is McMaster Divinity College the best for you to develop the above?

    3. Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended

    4. Two academic references

    5. One pastoral reference

    6. Name, title, and contact information for two additional people who are willing to speak on your behalf, if contacted.

    7. Description of your past work experience, ministry and leadership experience, and other studies/certifications

    8. Master’s thesis or writing sample in your proposed area of specialization

    9. A one-page description of the topic you are considering for your dissertation project/practice

    10. $50 non-refundable application fee

    11. Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

    • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
    • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
    • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after February 15 (Fall/Spring semesters) or August 1 (Winter semester)

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  • Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy (Christian Theology)

    1. Agreement with the MDC Statement of Faith

    2. Answers to the following questions:

    • What is your Christian experience?
    • What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
    • What do you want to accomplish by working for a PhD (Christian Theology)?
    • Why is McMaster Divinity College the best place for you to develop the above?

     

    3. Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended

    4. Two academic references

    5. One pastoral reference

    6. Name, title, and contact information for two additional referees who are willing to speak on your behalf, if contacted.

    7. Curriculum vitae that lists your past education, work experience, professional accreditations, publications, ministry and leadership experience, ancient and modern language proficiencies, and honours

    8. McMaster Divinity College faculty member by whom you would like to be mentored

    9. Master’s thesis or writing sample in your proposed area of specialization (minimum 10,000 words)

    10. A one-page description of the topic you are considering for your dissertation

    11. $75 non-refundable application fee

    12. Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

    • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
    • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
    • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after January 15 (Fall semester) or August 1 (Winter semester)

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  • Requirements for Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

    1. Agreement with the MDC Statement of Faith

    2. Answers to the following questions:

    • What is your Christian experience?
    • What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
    • What do you want to accomplish by working for a MA (Christian Studies)?
    • Why is McMaster Divinity College the best for you to develop the above?

     

    3. Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended

    4. Two academic references

    5. One pastoral reference

    6. Name, title, and contact information for two additional referees who are willing to speak on your behalf, if contacted.

    7. $75 non-refundable application fee

    8. Additional Requirements for International/Visa Students

    • TOEFL Certificate (minimum 92 IBT) if English is not your first language
    • Official translation of foreign documents, including transcripts
    • A copy of your Canadian study permit will be required before registration

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after February 15 (Fall/Spring semester) or August 1 (Winter semester)

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  • Requirements for Graduate Diploma in Ministry

    1. Personal statement answering the following questions:

    • What is your Christian experience?
    • What are some of your most significant learning experiences (formal or informal)?
    • What is the nature of your present local church involvement and/or para-church involvement?
    • What are your ministry and/or professional goals and how do you expect to contribute to the church and society through your future ministry?
    • How do you expect McMaster Divinity College to advance your ministry and professional development?

     

    2. Official transcripts in their original sealed envelope from all post-secondary institutions attended (or high school transcript for Cert.C.S. and Dip.Min.)

    3. Three references (no relatives)

    4. Letter of support from your denomination

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (Fall semester), October 15 (Winter semester), or March 15 (Spring semester).

    International applicants are not eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma in Ministry program.

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  • Requirements for Graduate Certificates

    1. Personal statement

    Briefly describe your Christian experience, ministry involvement, and reason for pursuing a graduate certificate at MDC.

    2. Official sealed transcript

    Completion of an accredited bachelor’s degree (preferred).
    In the absence of a bachelor’s degree, provide transcripts for any other post-secondary education or high school transcript (must be over the age of 25)

    3. Two references (1 pastoral, 1 academic or professional)

    Pastoral Reference Form
    Academic Reference Form

    A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after application deadlines:

    Fall Semester         June 1
    Winter Semester   October 15
    Spring Semester    March 15

    International applicants are not eligible to apply to the Graduate Certificate program.

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  • Requirements for Occasional Students

    1. Agreement with the MDC Statement of Faith

    2. Personal statement answering the question, “What is your Christian experience?”

    3. Pastoral Reference

    *A late fee of $25 will be charged to applicants after June 1 (fall semester) or November 15 (winter semester).

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  • Requirements for Letter of Permission Students (LOP)

    Letter of permission from your home university giving permission for the course to be transferred to your current program

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  • Requirements for Audit Applicants