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Seminary Admissions

We’re delighted you’re interested in Providence Theological Seminary! Through your studies here, you’ll cultivate your leadership skills while developing your knowledge and growing your faith. You’ll receive an education of the highest standards — one that will prepare you to more deeply serve Christ.

Starting Your Application

If you are a CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT OF CANADA OR THE UNITED STATES, this webpage is for you.

If you are an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, CLICK HERE to start your application. 

When you start your application, you will receive an email from Providence University College & Theological Seminary with a link to your application form. Please keep this email as it will allow you to save and log back into your application as needed. Otherwise, you will have to start your application all over again. Make sure to check your spam folder for this email. If you have already started the application, but cannot find the email with the link, please let us know and we will resend you the email.

If you have questions at any time during the application/admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact your enrollment officer directly by email at info@prov.ca, by phone at 204-433-7488 or toll-free at 1-800-668-7768. 

Making the decision to enroll in a Graduate Program is a big one! Just know that we are here to help you along this exciting journey! Call or email us so we can walk with you.

We welcome students from the United States to join our diverse community. Did you know that US students pay Canadian tuition rates? Learn more here.

If you need more info about a program, fill out our Information Request Form and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

All students entering studies at Providence Theological Seminary are admitted only to the Seminary and not to a degree program. Thus, all students admitted are on probation for either one semester (for those in certificate and two-year M.A. programs) or two semesters (for those in the three-year programs). If a student is judged by the faculty (or by the Academic Committee acting on its behalf) to have character, emotional, or academic aspects which would hinder effective ministry or the successful completion of the program they desire to enter, they may be denied entry to that program.

Academic Prerequisites

In addition to a completed application and references, you're required to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. You must have attained a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4-point scale) in the last 2 full years of study (60 credit hours). Some programs may specify a higher GPA requirement or additional prerequisites, listed in the degree program descriptions. If you do not have a recognized degree you may qualify for admission as a Mature (over age 30) student or Non-Accredited Degree student.

Note: Particular prerequisites may be required depending on the program you choose. Please see the degree program descriptions in the Academic Catalogue.

Probationary Acceptance Students

Probationary acceptance may be offered to students who meet all admissions criteria except the entrance GPA requirement. Students with an entrance GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may be considered but admission is not guaranteed. Probationary conditions will apply and will be assigned on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee. Conditions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Enrolling in a certificate program in the first semester
  • Mandatory participation in tutoring services
  • Limited course load
  • Mandatory enrollment in assigned courses
  • Regular meetings with a faculty advisor
  • Completion of additional undergraduate credits prior to or concurrent with Seminary enrollment

Reassessment for Regular Student status and formal acceptance to a program will occur at least one semester after probationary conditions have been met.

Regular Students

All students who have met the entrance requirements are classified as regular students (probationary status not-withstanding). Those taking nine or more credit hours per semester are considered full-time; those taking fewer are considered part-time.

Mature Students & Non-Accredited Degree Students

If you haven't obtained a Bachelor's Degree you may be able to apply as a mature student. You must be at least 30 years old and be able to demonstrate academic aptitude through one of the following:

  • Submit an official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score. Minimum scores of 153 in the verbal section and 4.5 in the analytical section are required. Providence's institutional code for the GRE is 6585.
  • If you have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) from another graduate institution you may be considered for admission if the other graduate institution is considered equivalent to Providence.
  • Submit an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) portfolio for assessment. Fees apply.

If you have a degree from a non-accredited institution you can apply as a Non-Accredited Degree student. There is no age restriction.

Note: The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), our accrediting body, limits the number of students we can admit as Mature or Non-Accredited degree students, except in cases where students' RPL portfolio or Non-Accredited Degree is determined to be the educational equivalent of an accredited Bachelor's Degree.

You will be assessed according to program vacancies, and the merits of you application. If you're entering the M.A. (Theological Studies) or the M.A. (Christian Studies) programs, you're not eligible for Mature or Non-Accredited Degree status.

USA Students

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International Students

There are special requirements for international students applying to Providence as well as English Language requirements.

See Requirements

Special Students

Students who wish to take courses at Providence but are not ready to complete a full application at the time may submit an Special Student Application for special student status. Students can take a maximum of 15 credit hours of study after which, a full application to Providence Theological Seminary is required to take further classes. Students may take any courses for which they meet the prerequisites (students wishing to take Seminary courses must provide an undergraduate degree prior to registration).

Continuing Education Units

Some professional organizations require continuing education units to maintain credentials in the organization. Seminary courses can be taken for continuing education units. Students may request a transcript for the course that can be used as proof to the credentialing organization. Whether the course can be audited or must be taken for credit is up to the credentialing organization. Credit or audit fees apply, as well as a fee for an official transcript.

Auditors

Students auditing courses are not required to complete assignments or take examinations but may attend classes for their personal enrichment. Those who audit courses receive no credit, but must register and attend classes regularly if they wish the audited course to appear on their transcript. Changes from audit to credit or from credit to audit must be made during the first two weeks of the semester. Some courses may be closed to auditors. All audits are subject to the instructor's approval. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If there are discrepancies between the credit transfer information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Application Forms - Theological Seminary

Please select the relevant application form from the list below. Make sure to go through the 'Application Checklist' section below to ensure you send any additional application documents that may be required. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your enrollment officer or call us toll-free at 1-800-668-7768 or 204-433-7488, or by email at info@prov.ca

Application Form - MA in Counselling, MA in Counselling Psychology, and Certificates (Applied Counselling and Post-Graduate Counselling Certificate)

Application Form - all other Masters programs and Certificates

Application Form - Doctor of Ministry

Application Form - Special Student (if you wish to take a couple of courses without committing to a degree)

Entrance scholarships and bursaries are available for both part-time and full-time studies. Please click the link below to learn more.

a) For ALL Applications

  • Complete and submit online application, including:
    • Autobiographical essay (12 pt., single-spaced, 400 words minimum)
    • Applicant Agreement/Covenant of Community Life affirmation
    • Email addresses and phone numbers of three referees
      • Church Reference - your pastor or an elder of the church you attend
      • Professional Reference - your supervisor/employer
      • Personal Reference - a close friend
  • Arrange submission of official post-secondary transcripts (electronic submissions directly from your college/university will be accepted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Request housing information by contacting the Student Services Coordinator

b) For Applied Counselling / Counselling / Counselling Psychology / M.Div. Pastoral Counselling track / M.A. Educational Studies Student Development track

  • All the application requirements mentioned in a) above including
    • Non-refundable application fee $120 ($50 application fee and $70 EQ-i assessment fee)
  • Vulnerable Sector/Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record Check (or equivalents).Obtain from your local law enforcement and/or provincial family services agency, email copy of results, keep originalsUpdate: admission will be granted tentatively without these checks due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. These checks are required before you can register for Practicum 2
  • Sign and return the EQ-i Consent Form 
  • Complete the EQ-I Test, which will be sent to you via email after you have completed the application

c) For Doctor of Ministry

  • All the application requirements mentioned in a) above including
    • Self-study (Doctor of Ministry applicants only)
  • Pay the non-refundable deposit of $800 if a Doctor of Ministry applicant

Application Policy

In admitting students, Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, nationality or ethnic origin. Personal information in your application packet is used solely to facilitate your application process. 

In admitting students, Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, nationality or ethnic origin. Personal information in your application packet is used solely to facilitate your application process.

In keeping with our mission to serve the church by preparing and nurturing Christian leaders, admission to Seminary is granted to those who show evidence of faith in Jesus Christ, are yielded to His will for their lives, and meet the academic prerequisites of the Seminary.

Once admitted to the Seminary, you may register for courses offered in any of the degree programs as long as you meet the prerequisites. Although you may apply for a particular degree program, the Seminary's policy is not to admit matriculating students directly to any program. After one semester for two-year programs or two semesters for three-year programs, you'll be considered by the faculty for formal admission to a degree program, based on faculty evaluation of your Christian character, scholastic ability and your potential for ministry in your desired discipline. Students have one year from their stated start date to enroll in a class at PTS. An extra four-month extension can be granted, and must be requested in writing. If enrollment is not accomplished at this point, all Application documents will be shredded.

If you're denied entry to the program of your choice, you may be advised to enter a different program more compatible with your gifts, or denied admission to any program. If you have accumulated 30 hours of credit (in the case of three-year program applicants), you may be allowed to graduate with a Certificate of Theological Studies.

You may not take more than 45 credit hours without formal acceptance into a program.

As a student at Providence, you agree to live according to our Covenant of Community Life.