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General Entrance Qualifications


Personal Qualifications

Because the primary purpose of the Seminary is to prepare students for Christian ministries, your application must demonstrate a personal commitment to Christ that has existed at least one year prior to your projected date of enrolment. You should also have balanced personality, reputable character and a motivation to learn.

Submit a 2-3 page testimony that provides a description of your faith journey and an explanation of your ministry involvement (or academic goals if you are applying to the Master of Theological Studies). In addition, submit a Pastor/Denominational Leader Reference and an Employer Reference.

Academic Qualifications

Applicants for all Seminary programs must:

  • possess 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 two years of study.

Mature Student Requirements

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

Anyone seeking admission to a Seminary program at Ambrose University as a Mature Student must first complete either the Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies, Graduate Certificate in Leadership or Graduate 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
  • 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 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.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English proficiency by at least one of the following in order to study in English language classes:

  • graduation from a college or university where English was the medium of instruction – an official letter is required from the college or university verifying that English was the medium of instruction; or
  • a minimum score of 560 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test, or a minimum score of 83 on the internet-based TOEFL* test; or
  • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic test; or
  • a minimum score of 85 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB); or
  • a minimum score of 70 on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL); or
  • a minimum score of 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic); or
  • a minimum score of 110 on the Duolingo English Test

One or more of the above may be required, and you may be asked to provide an additional writing sample. Determination of English Proficiency is left to the discretion of the Enrolment Department.

*The TOEFL institution code for Ambrose is 8915.