Diploma Programs

The Diploma programs are non-conjoint programs, therefore students in these programs are not eligible for student services at the University of Toronto. Basic student services will be provided by St. Augustine’s Seminary in association with the Toronto School of Theology.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete academic application and official transcripts from all post- secondary education [as noted in the Academic Admissions section].
  2. Bachelor’s degree or non-traditional applicant with an appropriate background.

The Diploma program may be done on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses completed in the diploma program may be eligible for transfer to a degree program depending on the academic eligibility of the student and the grade received for the course. Article 11.9 of the T.S.T. Basic Degree Handbook further explains the policy regarding grades earned in the 60-69 range. Courses receiving   these   grades   are   counted   towards St. Augustine’s Seminary diploma programs but are not transferable to a master’s level program.

Academic admission applications for the Diploma in Theological Studies and the Diploma in Lay Ministry are available from the Institute of Theology department (ioft@sastoronto.org). For more information on admissions please see the St. Augustine's Admissions Page.

Policies and Procedures:

Please see the St. Augustine's Policies & Procedures Page.

Diploma in Theological Studies:

The Diploma in Theological Studies may be completed fully online.

To provide a program in theology in order that the student, who does not wish to pursue a degree, may investigate at greater depth and in a structured learning situation, the Catholic tradition of faith.

Goal: To assist theology students in their faith development through input and interaction in a structured learning situation.



The requirements for the Diploma of Theological Studies are:

Core Courses (7)

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Five other courses chosen from available Systematic and Moral Theology offerings.

Free Electives (3) May be taken in any area.


Diploma in Lay Ministry

The Diploma in Lay Ministry may be completed online with the exception of the capstone course noted below.

To offer to those already serving or hoping to serve as Lay Ministers the chance to enhance their ministry through theological education. This is not a certification program but rather a coordinated combination of introductory courses. This may lead to further studies.

Goal: To provide a theological foundation allowing the student to focus on areas related to his or her personal ministerial goals.



The requirements for the Diploma in Lay Ministry are:

Core Courses (7)

  • Foundations in Theology
  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • General Survey Course in Church History
  • Introduction to Moral Theology
  • Sacramental Theology Course
  • Lay Ministry in the Diocesan Church (capstone course may not be completed online)

Elective Courses (3)

Emphasis in a particular area will be decided by each student in consultation with the Director of the Institute of Theology, in view of his or her ministerial goals.


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