Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)

Awarded conjointly by Regis College and the University of Toronto

The Doctoral Studies program at Regis College provides a rich intellectual and spiritual formation in the context of one of the world’s leading research universities that prepares students for advanced research, creative teaching and innovative leadership in the academy and faith communities. The goal of the doctoral program is to form theologians who excel intellectually in the Church, the academy and society. Critical knowledge of theological methodology and an ability to contribute original research in a chosen field of study will be key factors in the process. The program stresses collaborative education, with scholarly interchange across the traditional sub-disciplines of theological studies (Bible, history, theology, pastoral praxis). Research and teaching is centered in the study of Christian life and thought past and present recognising that creative theological conversation and specialized research require in depth appropriation of philosophical and religious traditions of the past as well as ecumenical, interdisciplinary, inter-religious and cross-cultural co-operation in the present. Courses and research projects consider interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and global perspectives with focused attention to issues of method in research and learning goals in educational theory, course design, and instructional practice. Students enrolling through Regis College enjoy a committed Roman Catholic faith community grounded in Ignatian spirituality that values academic excellence, aesthetic appreciation, critical dialogue with culture and engaged learning that addresses issues of justice.

The Doctor of Theology (ThD) is a multi-year program with language requirements, 9 advanced level courses, comprehensive exams, thesis and oral examination. Two years of full-time residency required. Students with an A- average in an appropriate first degree in theology may register through Regis College for the ThD program.

Course and language requirements vary by Department. Please see the ThD Handbook for course units and comprehensive examinations, as well as doctoral thesis and defence requirements. The course of study for these programs requires a minimum of two years’ full-time residence and completion of a specified number of study units.

For admission requirements, procedures, and deadlines, please consult the Toronto School of Theology (TST) website

Candidates holding an STB degree are invited to inquire about the possibility of pursuing a corresponding ecclesiastical program (STL and/or STD).

All students are required to maintain an electronic portfolio that documents their progress through their programs.

EXPECTED CLOSURE.  Please note that TST’s current expectation is that the conjoint ThD program will be permanently closed to new admissions after September 2014. A new conjoint PhD in Theological Studies (currently undergoing an approval process) is expected to replace the ThD degree program. TST, of course, is strongly committed to supporting all doctoral students to the completion of the programs into which they were admitted.

The "Conjoint PhD Bridge Program" - Transfer into the proposed Conjoint PhD

Students admitted into the ThD for Fall 2014-15 will have the option of transferring into the new conjoint PhD by enrolling in TST’s “Conjoint PhD Bridge Program,” assuming  the new degree receives its final approvals. The “Bridge Program” will mimic the new conjoint PhD program, and offer students the same Program Features and Program Structure. Students will thus complete the requirements of the new degree. All students offered admission into the conjoint ThD in Fall 2014-15 are automatically eligible to enroll in the “Bridge Program.” Students with a first registration in Fall 2013-14 are also automatically eligible for this program.

Once the new conjoint PhD is approved (anticipated date: late Summer 2014), TST will contact all applicants offered admission into the conjoint ThD Program (for Fall 2014-15 and Fall 2013-14) to determine whether or not they would like to enroll in the Bridge Program or continue with their initial admission into the ThD.

A New Doctoral Degree - The "Conjoint" PhD (in Theological Studies)

TST expects to open a conjoint PhD degree program in Theological Studies to a class entering in September 2015.  “Conjoint” means that the proposed PhD (in Theological Studies) will be offered conjointly by the University of Toronto and six TST member colleges.  It will be administered by TST’s Graduate Centre for Theological Studies.

Please note that this program has not yet been approved by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance or the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities of the Province of Ontario. No offer of admission will be made to the new conjoint PhD program pending final approval by the Quality Council and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.  Approval by the Association of Theological Schools, and the Regis College Board of Governors is also required.

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