Ambrose University

About Us

Purpose Statement

Ambrose is a community of transformative Christian higher education – with a vision for the welfare of our city and our world.


President: Gordon T. Smith

Board Chair: Ken Stankievech

Chancellor: Roland K Laing

Vice-President Advancement: Christopher Primeau

Vice-President Finance: Don VanderZwaag

Vice-President Student Development: Wally Rude

Dean of Arts and Science: Linda Schwartz

Dean of Theology: Jo-Ann Badley


Campus Master Plan

Founding Denominations

The Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada
The Church of the Nazarene Canada

Quick Facts

  • Over 920 students enroled
  • Committed to the integration of Christian faith with academic discipline
  • Students serving in over 20 countries throughout the world
  • One of the largest private academic libraries in western Canada
  • Students and Faculty from over 30 denominations
  • Government of Alberta award-winning educational travel
  • 1 in 12 students involved in formal student leadership
  • Unique and personal learning environment
  • 40 acre campus including Academic Centre, Residence, Library, Gymnasium and Residence & Education Centre
  • Competitive varsity athletics include volleyball, basketball and futsal

Affiliations & Memberships 

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Calgary Health Region and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region as a seminary of register for clinical pastoral education
  • Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Schools of the American Institute of Holy Land Studies
  • Association of Registrars of Universities and Colleges in Canada
  • Western Association of Registrars of Universities and Colleges in Canada
  • Christian Higher Education Canada
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals
  • Canadian Council of Christian Charities
  • Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries
  • Society of the Advancement of Continuing Education in Ministry
  • American Theological Library Association
  • Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

A Diverse Community

Ambrose University is a diverse community of learners, from many confessional backgrounds admitted from all walks of life. Ambrose does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, physical or learning disability or religion in the administration of any of its programs or activities.

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Degrees and Diplomas Granted in April 2016

Faculty of Arts and Science # grads Average Grad CGPA
Bachelor of Arts (3 year) 16 3.07
Bachelor of Arts (4 year) 35 3.24
Bachelor of Business Administration 12 2.97
Bachelor of Music 4 3.60
Bachelor of Education 25 3.82
Bachelor of Science 16 3.38
TOTAL 108 3.35


The following undergraduate degree/diplomas are accredited by ABHE: Associate in Ministry Diploma, Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology.

Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

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Degrees and Diplomas Granted in April 2016

Faculty of Theology # grads Average Grad CGPA
Undergraduate 16 3.07
Associate in Ministry diploma 1 3.76
Bachelor of Ministry 17 3.07
TOTAL 18 3.11


The Board of Commissioners requires accredited schools to publish a statement regarding the schools’ educational effectiveness The Faculty of Theology has chosen the following measures to be published.

Degrees and Diplomas Granted in April 2016 # grads Average Grad CGPA
Diploma in Christian Studies 2 3.60
Diploma in Leadership & Ministry 4 3.35
Master of Arts (Biblical/Theological Studies) 1 3.95
Master of Arts (Christian Studies)/Master of Christian Studies 12 3.54
Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries 3 3.31
Master of Arts in Leadership & Ministry 10 3.71
Master of Divinity 9 3.42
TOTAL 41 3.53

Average time for degree completion:

  • Master of Divinity – 4.5 years
  • Master of Arts – 3 years
Positions expected after graduation Master of Divinity Master of Arts
Parish Ministry 40% 27%
Church Planting 9%
Inner City Ministry 20%
Foreign Missions 9%
Further Graduate Studies 20% 9%
Teaching 9%
Undecided 20% 27%
None 9%