Admission Requirements

Master’s admits students without discriminating on the basis of gender, race, colour, nationality, or ethnic origin. Persons from various church affiliations are welcome to apply, provided they meet the general admissions requirements and the standards of conduct. Admission to Master’s is based on the following three criteria:

Christian Life and Testimony

Applicants must have lived a consistent Christian life within the context of a local church for at least one year prior to enrolment.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Applicants must have completed grade 12 (one year of CEGEP if they are from Quebec), be a transfer student, a mature student or a home school student. Additional documentation will be required for transfer, mature and home school applicants as explained below

English Proficiency

Applicants must submit proof of their English proficiency, if English is not their first language.

Note: Honesty and Full Disclosure in Applications: Students must fully and truthfully answer all questions on their application form. In particular, they must disclose their full educational history. Also they must advise the Registrar’s Office, in writing, prior to enrolling in any courses at another institution after they have been accepted as students at Master’s. If students complete credits at a different institution after they have been accepted at Master’s, they may not receive any transfer credits for those courses, unless they have received a Letter of Permission from Master’s to do those courses.  Any false or misleading information provided to Master’s may result in disciplinary action.

Minimum Academic Requirements

High School Students

For the Certificate and Diploma programs: High school applicants within Canada must have completed grade 12 (applicants from Quebec must have completed one year of CEGEP).
For Bachelor of Theology Programs: High School applicants within Canada must have completed Grade 12 in the university preparatory program of their province/territory of residence (applicants from Quebec must have completed twelve academic CEGEP courses). Applicants who have NOT completed the courses necessary to be admitted to university in their province/territory of residence will initially be accepted in the Ministerial Diploma program. Once they have completed their first year with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00, they can submit a Change of Program Form to enroll in the Bachelor of Theology program of their choosing.

Transfer Students

Applicants who have completed previous studies at a recognized Bible College, Community College or University may receive transfer credit, providing the courses are comparable to the ones required in their program at Master’s and a minimum final grade of C was achieved. Transcript evaluation will be completed by the Registrar’s Office.
Applicants who have completed at least two years at a recognized University or graduated with a two- or three-year Community College diploma can apply for the two-year Bachelor of Religious Education degree (Pastoral Ministry) program.

Home School Students

Home school applicants will be considered on an individual basis in order to determine their readiness to undertake post-secondary studies. As part of the application process, home school applicants must:

  • submit an official transcript, if available
    • provide result from ONE of the following:
      • A psychometric test (contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information).
      • A Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT). A minimum score of 600 must be attained to demonstrate proficiency. Information on SAT is available at www.collegeboard.com/testing
      • An American College Test (ACT). A minimum composite score of 20 is required to demonstrate proficiency. Information on ACT is available at www.act.org
  • provide a personal/career portfolio detailing their personal and community participation and accomplishments (e.g. academic achievements, volunteer involvement) as well as their future goals and why they have chosen their particular program at Master’s.
  • provide a letter of recommendation from the teacher/parent, including a summary of academic achievements.
  • be available for an interview in person or by phone, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
Mature Students

Applicants who do not meet the regular academic requirements (i.e. a grade 12 diploma or equivalent) may apply as “Mature Students”, providing they:

  • are 21 years of age or older on Registration Day;
  • have been away from formal education for a minimum of two years;
  • successfully complete a psychometric test (contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information);
  • submit a letter explaining what they want to achieve by completing a program and why they feel they can be successful with post-secondary-level studies.
  • are available for an interview in person or by phone, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Note: Mature Applicants will be considered on an individual basis and only a limited number can be accepted.

Occasional Students

Applicants wanting to take between one – five courses without being formally accepted into a program must complete the Occasional Student Application Form. To submit an Occasional Student Application Form, applicants must be high school graduates, as well as Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Acceptance as an Occasional Student does not guarantee acceptance into a program at Master’s. Occasional Students cannot enroll in more than three courses per semester, with a maximum limit of five courses while they are Occasional Students. To complete more than five courses, Occasional Students must apply for acceptance into a program as a part-time or full-time student by completing the Regular Application Form. If they are accepted into a program, the courses already completed may be applied toward a certificate, diploma, or degree program, providing they are required by that program. Master’s reserves the right to prevent Occasional Students from taking additional courses if their lifestyle contravenes standards as outlined in the College Catalogue.

Students from the United States

Applicants from the United States are required to have the equivalent of a Canadian grade 12 secondary school diploma to be considered for admission to Master’s. If they have completed the university preparatory program in their state of residence they can apply for the Bachelor of Theology program; otherwise they will be considered for the Certificate or Diploma program. American students should submit their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores, if available.

Applicants from the US who have completed two years of university or graduated with a two- or three-year community college diploma can apply for the Bachelor of Religious Education program if they so choose.

Applicants from the US must obtain a Student Visa and have health insurance prior to starting their studies at Master’s. If they bring their children into Canada they must be prepared to pay for their schooling. They should not plan to work in Canada since students on a Student Visa at a private institution do not qualify to receive a work permit.

International Students From Countries Other than the US

International applicants are required to have the equivalent of a Canadian grade 12 secondary school diploma to be considered for admission to Master’s. If they have completed the university preparatory program in their country, they can apply for the Bachelor of Theology program; otherwise they will be considered for the Certificate or Diploma program.

International applicants who have completed two years of university or graduated with a two- or three-year community college diploma can apply for the Bachelor of Religious Education program if they so choose.

For additional information, please see our International Students’ Homepage

Letter of Permission Students

Applicants who have been granted a Letter of Permission to study at Master’s by another institution, can be accepted as an Occasional Student by completing the Occasional Student Application Form.

Learning Disabled Students

Learning Disabled applicants will be considered on an individual basis in order to determine their readiness to undertake post-secondary level studies. As part of the application process, learning disabled applicants must provide documentation regarding their particular learning disability in order for any adjustments to be made in their program requirements. Prior to submitting their application, learning disabled applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our Learning Disability Policy.

Audit Students

Applicants who only want to audit a course can do so by submitting an Occasional Student Application Form. Only courses that are offered at the Peterborough campus or at a Distance Education Site are available for auditing. Check with the Registrar’s Office to determine if a specific course is available for auditing.

Former Applicants

Former Applicants who have deferred their acceptance for up to one year must submit the Re-Admission Application Form if they want to enroll in a program at Master’s. All other former applicants must submit the Regular Application Form if they want to enroll in a program at Master’s.

Former Students

Away for Only One Semester

Former Students who have been away from Master’s for ONLY one semester (i.e. Fall or Winter) can submit the Re-Enrolment Form, prior to registering for courses, unless they have been on Academic or Disciplinary Suspension, in which case they must submit a Re-Admission Application Form.

Away for More Than One Semester

Former Students who have been away from Master’s for two semesters but less than three years (i.e. six semesters) as well as students who were on Academic or Disciplinary Suspension must submit the Re-Admission Application Form. Students who have been away from Master’s for three or more years must submit the Regular Application Form. Official transcripts from any studies completed since the student left Master’s must be sent directly to Master’s by the issuing institution. Re-admitted students are required to complete the current program requirements. Students must have their accounts paid in full prior to having their application processed.