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Want to try Seminary out? You can take up to 9 credit hours as an Open Studies student. Browse our current course offerings, select a class, then fill out one of the forms below and submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

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Seminary Registration Requirements

Seminary Admission Requirements

Personal Character Requirements

Preparing for Christian ministry at Ambrose Seminary will demand a great deal from you: it will challenge you academically, personally, and spiritually. Before we admit you as a student, we need to make sure that you’re ready to meet these challenges.

The primary purpose of the Seminary is to prepare students for Christian ministries; therefore, applicants must demonstrate through supporting documentation a personal commitment to Christ that has existed at least one year prior to your projected date of enrolment, a balanced personality, reputable character and a motivation to learn. As such, applicants must provide a personal statement that includes the following:

  • A description of your spiritual journey
  • An explanation of your educational goals

See the Required Documents section for complete information on the documents you need to submit with your application for admission.

Academic Qualifications

Applicants for all Seminary programs must:

  • have completed a baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent (with a minimum of 90 credit hours) from a recognized or accredited university, college or Bible college;
  • have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 credits of study.

Additional Requirements for Applicants to Master Theological Studies

In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants to the MTS program must also meet these requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a recognized accredited university, college, or Bible college with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • 30 credits in Bible, theology, and language studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these courses
  • A writing sample in one of the concentration areas (Old Testament, New Testament, Theology)

Requirements for Mature Students

The criteria to be used for the admission of students without undergraduate degrees (otherwise referred to as '"mature students") to Ambrose Seminary is as follows:

Anyone seeking admission to a Seminary program at Ambrose University as a Mature Student must first complete the Certificate in Leadership or Diploma in Christian Studies, achieving a minimum CGPA of 2.7. If successful, the individual can then pursue one of the following programs:

  • Master of Christian Studies
  • Master in Intercultural Ministry
  • Master in Leadership and Ministry
  • Master of Divinity
  • Certificate in Spiritual Care
  • Certificate in Intercultural Studies  

Anyone seeking admission to the MTS program as a Mature Student must first complete an MLM, MIM, MCS or MDiv program, achieving a minimum 3.0 CGPA.

Mature applicants are usually at least 28 years of age. Mature students are not typically permitted to register for or participate in courses that are not a requirement of their program.

International Students

We understand that transitioning to a new country and university can be daunting, which is why we offer comprehensive support to ensure a smooth and successful transition to life at Ambrose!

To prepare you for admission, we have provided a few checklists to help guide you throughout the process - please visit the International Admission Requirements page for more information. 

Applying As A Mature Seminary Student

Students who do not meet the academic qualifications (have not completed a baccalaureate degree) and are at least 28 years of age may be considered for admission as a Mature Student. Mature Students must meet the personal character and English language proficiency requirements and may be admitted to the following Seminary programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies, Graduate Certificate in Leadership or Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies

Upon completion of one of the above program requirements with a 2.7 cumulative GPA, students may pursue one of the following programs:

  • Master of Christian Studies, Master in Intercultural Ministry, Master in Leadership and Ministry, Master of Divinity, and/or Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care

Anyone seeking admission to the Master of Theological Studies program as a Mature Student must first complete a MCS or MDiv program, achieving a minimum 3.0 CGPA.

Mature students are not typically permitted to register for or participate in courses that are not a requirement of their program.

Required Documents


Application Deadlines and Fees

To be admitted in time for the semester of your choice, you’ll need to submit your completed application form, all supporting documents including official transcripts, and the application fee by the applicable deadline.

For deadlines for scholarship applications, see the Awards & Scholarships page.

Canadian Applicants
  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Winter Semester: December 10
  • Application Fee: $100.00
Applicants from the USA
  • Fall Semester: July 15
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Application Fee: $100.00
Applicants from Outside Canada and the USA
  • Fall Semester: March 1
    • Deadline to submit all documents is March 31st
  • Winter Semester: July 1
    • Deadline to submit all documents is July 31st
  • Application Fee: $100.00
Applicants to Master in Theological Studies

Early Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: January 15
  • Winter Semester: September 15

Regular Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: April 15
  • Winter Semester: November 1

Course Information

Research your course options prior to registration. As classes add up, so do your credentials. Five classes gives you a certificate, at ten you have a diploma and at twenty you've completed a full degree. 


Online Courses

Seminary online courses bring the classroom to your home, providing you with greater flexibility to pursue your studies. The format of the eight-week-long courses means that you can complete the assigned learning and work in your own time through chat rooms, threaded discussions, text, videos, and so on. In addition, there may be one to two live classes.


Travel Study

Take your classroom on the road with Ambrose's educational travel opportunities. Expand your global horizons. Stimulate your imagination. Deepen your understanding, and infuse your life with adventure.