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October 3, 2013

McMaster Divinity College LogoHAMILTON, Ontario–McMaster Divinity College (MDC) is experiencing record highs–in both student headcount and full-time equivalency–this fall.

According to statistics presented by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting agency for MDC, trends have demonstrated that numbers at ATS schools have been on the decline for the past number of years. But enrolment statistics for the 2013-14 academic year at MDC indicate a reversal of this trend.

“Attempting to assess what may have caused this shift, it would seem that a rebranding process, a shift in advertising practices, and a new admissions strategy has prompted this increase in numbers,” said Nina Thomas, Director of Admissions and Marketing.

“We believe this new presentation of MDC has appealed to a younger demographic, signified by a decreased median and average age of our students,” she added. “Though we are expecting a high number of graduates, we are hopeful that this year will inaugurate a new trend in MDC’s enrolment.”

With students from more than 35 denominations, MDC is one of the premier evangelical seminaries in Canada. “Our students reflect a broad mix of ethnic and national backgrounds, age diversity, and, of course, both men and women training together for Christian service,” said Stanley Porter, President and Dean at MDC. “Our high academic standards and rigorous academic programs are based on the foundation of God’s Word.”

Situated at the heart of the McMaster University campus in Hamilton, the College is a separately chartered affiliate of the University, with its own degree-granting powers, yet shares in the University’s rich learning resources. MDC’s mission is to develop effective Christian leaders for the Church, academy and society.


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