The STM is meant for those who intend to enter the ministry of the Christian Church or another religious institution, or proceed to a teaching career or to some form of social work. The STM program is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Applicants must possess a B.A., normally with at least a good second class standing (B+ or CGPA 3.3/4.0), in a major or honours program in religious studies or theology from an accredited university or college. Those who have a McGill B.Th. or an equivalent degree in addition to a B.A. degree with a second class standing may be admitted to the second year of the S.T.M. program.
The STM program has no language requirement.
Refers to the number of terms (or years) students must be registered on a full-time basis to complete their program. Students are not permitted to graduate until they have fulfilled the residence requirement (or paid the corresponding fees) in their program.
The normal residence requirement is two years (of two terms each) of full-time study (or one year of full-time study for those admitted with advanced standing into STM 2), but the degree may, by permission, be taken on a part-time basis.
Note: Ordination requirements for STM graduates will normally involve a further year of professional pastoral studies (the In-Ministry Year) provided by the Montreal School of Theology, affiliated with the Faculty of Religious Studies.
Deferral of admission
Under exceptional circumstances, an admission for a particular semester can be considered for a deferral. This can be considered only if the student has not registered. If the student has already registered, no deferral can be granted. The student must withdraw from the University and apply for admission to a later term.