International Students

We warmly welcome international students to study with us. Prior to submitting an application, you should determine if you meet our admission requirements, as well as the various requirements set by Canadian Immigration to Study in Canada

Application Checklist
English Language Requirements
Academic Requirements
Student Visa
Payment of Fees
Refund Policies
Living Accommodations
Health Insurance
Working in Canada
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Next Steps

Application Checklist

  1. International students must submit a completed Regular Application Form, along with the application fee, to be considered for admission to Master’s. No partial or incomplete applications will be processed. Completed applications will typically be processed within five business days.
  2. International students can only be considered for full-time studies at the Peterborough campus.
  3. Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions must be mailed directly to Master’s from the issuing institution(s).
  4. Reference Forms, which must be completed by non-relatives, can be mailed directly to Master’s or they can be included with the application form, providing the signature of the person who completed the reference form is across the seal of the envelope to ensure its confidentiality.
  5. All documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
  6. We strongly recommend that international students plan to commence their studies in the Fall semester since this will permit them to more easily integrate with the Master’s community.
  7. Students from the United States should submit their completed Regular Application Form at least four-six weeks prior to their expected start date. International students from other countries should plan to submit their application at least six months in advance of their expected start date. This will permit ample time to have their application processed and to apply for a Student Visa.

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, unless they can demonstrate that they have studied for at least three years in an English secondary or post-secondary institution, must submit proof of English proficiency by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (internet-based test (iBT)) on TOEFL is required to be considered for admission. TOEFL scores must be received by the Registrar’s Office directly from TOEFL before an application form can be processed. Check with the Registrar’s Office if you want to submit scores from a different English proficiency test.
Master’s TOEFL Code is 1507.
Additional information on TOEFL is available at www.ets.org/toefl
Note: Meeting these test scores does not guarantee admission to the college and additional testing may be required before admittance is granted.

Academic Requirements

International applicants are required to have the equivalent of a Canadian grade 12 secondary school diploma or higher. If they have completed the university-preparatory program in high school, they can apply for the Bachelor of Theology program; otherwise they can apply for the Certificate or Diploma program. Students who complete their first year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 can submit a Change of Program Form to switch to the Bachelor of Theology program if they so choose. If they have completed two years of university or graduated with a two- or three-year community college diploma, they have the option of applying for the Bachelor of Religious Education degree program.  American students should submit their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores, if available.

Student Visa

Once accepted an international student must apply for a Student Visa from their local Canadian Embassy, a Canadian Consulate or possibly online, depending on their country of residence. Check Study in Canada for additional information.

To apply for a Student Visa, you will need the following:

  • Proof of Citizenship (e.g. Valid Passport)
  • Evidence of acceptance at Master’s. An acceptance letter will be provided after Master’s has received full payment of fees for the Fall and Winter semester. See Payment of Fees for additional information.
  • Evidence of adequate funds to live and study in Canada, including return transportation to your own country.

A Student Visa is only issued to full-time students.

After you receive your Student Visa, ensure that you send an electronic copy of your Visa and passport to registration@mcs.edu

List of Consular Offices in Canada

For a list of Consular Offices in Canada, click on the following link: Consular Offices in Canada. The city closest to Peterborough where Consular Office’s can be found is Toronto, Ontario.

Payment of Fees

Students from United States
Students from the United States can pay their fees on a semester basis when they arrive at the college. They must submit an Enrolment Deposit of $300.00, plus a $100.00 Room Reservation and Security Deposit for residence, if applicable, to receive their official Acceptance Letter, which they will need to apply for their Student Visa. All fees (due in Canadian funds), including tuition and residence fees, if applicable, must be paid prior to the start of each semester. When you have sent the required deposits, we will mail you the documents needed to apply for a Student Visa.

Students From Countries Other Than the United States
All international students, other than students from the United States, must pay their fees in full for both the Fall and Winter semester, along with a $100.00 Room Reservation and Security Deposit, if applicable, prior to receiving their official Acceptance Letter. These fees will be deposited in a Trust Account and will only be accessed by Master’s just prior to the start of each semester. To pay your fees (due in Canadian funds) you can send Master’s:

  • an International Money Order.
  • a bank draft
  • an email transfer. If using an email transfer, send it to our Finance Manager’s email address (ben.cochrane@mcs.edu)

When you have sent the required fees, we will mail you the documents needed to apply for a Student Visa.

Refund Policies

International students who officially withdraw prior to the start of the semester will receive a full refund of all fees submitted, less a $100.00 administrative fee. If international students withdraw after the semester has commenced, the above administrative fee will be charged and any remaining refund will be determined by the Tuition and Residence Refund Policies.

Living Accommodations

Master’s residence only has accommodations for single students. For more information see Residence Life – Living On Campus. Students who are married and/or have children will need to find accommodations off-campus. See Commuter Students – Living Off Campus for additional information.

Health Insurance

All international students and their families must arrange to have health insurance while in Canada. Students should contact Donna Haug (donna.haug@mcs.edu) at least two weeks prior to coming to Canada to purchase their health insurance or provide documentation that they have their own health insurance.

Working in Canada

International students cannot work in Canada while attending a private institution such as Master’s, unless it is on campus. International students are welcomed to apply for a job at the campus but Master’s is unable to provide employment guarantees to any students.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Check out the Student Rights and Responsibilities document to determine your rights and responsibilities as a student at Master’s.

Next Steps

Check out Newly Accepted Students for what you need to do next to ensure that you are ready to begin your life as a student at Master’s.