A variety of introductory experiences and courses invite newcomers to discover theology at Regis College. Semi-annual Open Houses welcome the general public to a free day of lectures, tours of our facilities and informal conversations with faculty, students and alums. The Windows on Theology continuous learning series offers six to eight session non-credit courses on topical issues in scripture, church history, pastoral studies and theology. Open registration in Special Basic Studies allows students to explore a sampling of credit courses, often as a way to test a new interest before making a commitment to specific degree program.
Four 10 to 20 unit diploma programs offer organized programs of studies in philosophy, theology, spiritual direction and Ignatian Spirituality. The twenty unit Diploma in Philosophical Studies offers students a sequence of historical, cultural and critical studies required for admission to the theological studies leading to ordination in the Roman Catholic tradition and helpful for anyone who wants to understand the contemporary context of ministry. The ten unit Diploma in Theological Studies offers a flexible introduction to Biblical, Historical, Pastoral and Theological studies, which can serve as a period of discernment and preparation for admission into one of three basic level Master programs. It is also possible to organize a program of studies focused on one of the college's areas of strength in teaching and research, such as Eastern Christian studies, Lonergan studies or Ignatian Spirituality or to gather courses that address a moment in the student's life journey or pastoral service in the Church. Spirituality for the Wisdom Journey and Preparation for Parish Ministry are examples of such guided gatherings of courses. The twelve unit Diploma in Spiritual Direction offers a intellectual and practical preparation for the ministry of spiritual direction, with a special emphasis on supervised praxis. The ten unit Diploma of Ignatian Spirituality builds on previous strengths to provide a core training in the Ignatian praxis of spiritual accompaniment.
Regis College offers four distinct entry level Master programs in theology. The twenty-unit Master of Theological Studies offers those with an established professional identity an opportunity to enrich their work and personal lives with a trans-disciplinary study of theology. The twenty-unit Master of Arts in Ministry and Spiritualty offers those with active ministerial experience an opportunity for reflection, professional development and personal integration, and/or an opportunity to discern their call and capacity for the ministry of spiritual direction. The thirty-unit Master of Divinity offers newcomers to ministry the first formation required for ordained or lay ministry in the Roman Catholic tradition. The eight to ten-unit Master of Sacred Theology provides a fourth year of first formation focused on the practice of ministry.
Students in advanced research oriented programs at Regis College are provided with a context rooted in Scripture and tradition, enlivened by a communal sense of God’s love in Jesus Christ, and stimulated by the questions and challenges of our culture. They are prepared for their vocation of theological scholarship in its dimensions of learning, research and teaching in a thorough and systematic way, according to the level of their program. Advanced programs are administered through the Toronto School of Theology. For more information about the offerings, the application process and financial aid, please click here.
As an educational institute holding both ecclesiastical and civil charters, Regis College also offers three ecclesiastical degrees recognized across Canada and around the world. The thirty-unit Bachelor of Sacred Theology is a "first-cycle" program, corresponding to the Master of Divinity, that provides first formation in ministry. The two year, "second cycle," Licentiate in Sacred Theology provides the basic level of competence to teach theology in many Roman Catholic schools and is often pursued in conjunction with a research oriented advanced master program. The "third cycle" Doctor of Sacred Theology offers the in depth preparation required to teach at an advanced level or exercise other creative forms of leadership in the Church.
Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a Founding Member of the Toronto School of Theology.
Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.
The Diploma in Ignatian Spirituality offers training in the Ignatian tradition of spiritual direction.
First preparation for ministry in the Master of Divinity program at Regis College is steeped deeply in the Ignatian tradition of spirituality and theological reflection.
It is also possible to focus advanced research oriented degrees such as the ThM/STL and ThD/PhD on Ignatian themes.
For a listing of courses especially pertinent to Ignatian Spirituality and several options for pursuing second and third cycle programs focused in further formation in the Ignatian tradition, please click here.