Knox College, Canada


Knox College, along with the Toronto School of Theology and each of its member schools, is accredited by the Board of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). ATS is a peer organization of more than 250 institutions that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs in the theological disciplines.

For more information about the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, please visit their website or contact them at 412-788-6505 or The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA.

Knox College meets University of Toronto standards in its faculty appointments and course requirements in its conjoint programs. It also conforms to University policy in its grading policies and procedures and in its academic discipline. Knox students have a right of appeal to the University in academic matters.

Knox students who graduate from conjoint programs receive diplomas signed by the Principal, the Director of TST, and the Chancellor of the University of Toronto. Upon graduation, they become alumni/ae of Knox College and the University of Toronto.

The Doctor of Theology and the Master of Theology programs are approved as graduate degrees by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), which ensures quality graduate education for the province.

Have a blended on line/on campus education program: yes
Year of initial accreditation: 1947
Year of last ATS site visit: 2011
Year of next ATS site visit: 2021

Accredited Degrees

Knox College has seven accredited degrees:

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.)
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
Master of Pastoral Studies (M.P.S.)
Master of Theology (Th.M.)
Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Knox College is a theological school dedicated to educating women and men for faithful and creative ministries and scholarship through teaching, research and global partnerships. The academic programs are designed to educate, equip and empower followers of Jesus Christ in the Reformed tradition to participate in the mission of God through serving and leading in faith communities and public service. The seven degree programs (M.Div., M.T.S., M.P.S., M.A., Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.) are designed to provide quality theological education that is foundational, theoretical, formational, and professional with the following five outcomes:

  • Congregational Leadership
  • Teaching, Research, and Scholarship
  • Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy
  • Social and Community Service
  • Intercultural Ministries

Knox College engages in ongoing assessment of its educational effectiveness in accordance with the requirements of the University of Toronto Quality Assurance Program (UTQAP) and the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Knox College utilizes an outcomes-based approach to the theological curriculum through which educational effectiveness is measured. As an institution of The Presbyterian Church in Canada educational effectiveness is also measured in part through placement rates and effectiveness in congregational ministries and cognate ministries. Other forms of measurement include graduation rates, completion rates, and student satisfaction.

Educational Effectiveness: 

The most recent ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ) reported that students were generally satisfied or very satisfied with their overall educational experience, as follows:

(Average rating based on a 5-point scale: 1 – very dissatisfied; 2 – dissatisfied; 3 – neutral; 4 – satisfied; 5 – very satisfied)


  Past Statement 2017 Current Statement 2019
Satisfied with academics 4.0 4.4
Satisfied with Theological Field Education 4.3 3.9
Faculty were supportive 4.2 4.5
Accepted within school community 4.3 4.3
Grown spiritually 4.0 4.5
Personal faith respected 4.3 4.4
Able to integrate theology and ministry 4.0 4.4
School has tried to be inclusive 4.5 4.2
Made good friends here 4.0 4.3
I would still come here 4.3 4.4
Very satisfied with the quality of the teaching   4.3
Very satisfied with the accessibility of the faculty   4.3
Very satisfied with the class sizes   4.4
Very satisfied with the online/off campus learning   3.9
Very satisfied with the adequacy of the Library collection   4.3
Very satisfied with the helpfulness of the administrative staff support   4.2
Very satisfied with their faculty academic advising   3.9
Very satisfied with the amount of financial aid   3.9
Strong agreement that they know one faculty member well   4.3
Strong agreement that the field education experience was helpful   3.9
Strong agreement that their faith was stronger   4.3
Strong agreement that they were able to integrate theology/ministry   4.4
Strong agreement that the school had tried to be inclusive   4.2