Master of Sacred Theology

An advanced degree permitting in-depth study of aspects of the Christian tradition.

The Master of Sacred Theology (known by its Latin initials as the S.T.M.) is an advanced degree for students with a previous undergraduate degree in theology or a related subject. It is a 45-credit program that can be done in one full year (including a summer term) or spread over two years. There is no thesis requirement, although students are expected to undertake two substantial independent projects.

The S.T.M. can be used by students preparing for ministry who have already studied theology and may wish to pursue certain subjects further. After completing the S.T.M., these students often enroll in the college’s Diploma in Ministry program to complete their ministerial preparation. This combination of awards—the S.T.M. and the Dip.Min.—is recognized by many dioceses as preparation for ordination.

The S.T.M. can also be used by clergy seeking the opportunity for further study and continuing education, and the opportunity to pursue individual projects further in the context of a university.

The degree is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and offered in conjunction with the School of Religious Studies of McGill University. More information about the requirements for the program is available on McGill’s website.


Students in the S.T.M. program are co-enrolled in McGill University and Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Applicants must apply simultaneously to McGill and the college.

The general requirement for admission is a previous undergraduate degree (in any subject) with a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

McGill’s application form is available online and includes a charge of approximately $110. The college’s application form is available on this website. There is no charge for applying to the college, though in order for your S.T.M. application to be complete, you must also apply to McGill. In addition to the application form, a complete application includes transcripts of previous post-secondary study, a personal statement, and two letters of reference.

Under the terms of our affiliation agreement with McGill, tuition is paid directly to our college. Students must also pay student fees to McGill. See our tuition and fees page for more information, including about financial aid.

Transfer credits from other theological colleges are accepted. Please contact us to find out more.

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