A baccalaureate degree is a provincially recognized program. A four-year degree consists of no less than 120 credits. A three-year degree requires 90 credits. A two-year after degree requires 60 credits. A degree is normally comprised of program requirements, core courses and electives. Because of accreditation or program approval requirements, the number of courses in each group may vary.
School of Ministry Program
The Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) programmatic standards provide structure for these degrees.
Two (2) Year After Degree Program (B.Ed.)
60 credits in 12 required courses (across 4 curriculum components) which are designed to articulate the competencies of the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard.
Majors are a minimum of 42 credits in a particular area of study in a four-year program with 30 credits taken at the senior level. The designation for Major will normally appear on the transcript and the degree parchment.
This is a set of prescribed courses within a program that defines the primary area of study or major.
A concentration contains the courses in a three-year program which are the disciplinary specialty. Students normally select their concentration when they apply to Ambrose University.
This term is used in relation to four (4) year degrees and describes a subspecialty within a degree. A stream may range between 15 – 30 credits.
Program Time Limits
The following time limits apply to the completion of degree and diploma programs at Ambrose:
- 4-year degree must be completed within 8 years of admission to the program
- 3-year degree must be completed within 6 years of admission to the program
- 2-year diploma must be completed within 4 years of admission to the program
Change of Program
To transfer from one Ambrose University degree program to another, you must submit a Change of Program Application, meet any applicable program admission requirements and receive the approval of the Registrar. You should be aware of differences in core courses and program requirements before you transfer from one program to another. We advise you to consult the Finance Office concerning your student loans before submitting your Change of Program Application.
When you switch programs, any completed courses that satisfy your new program’s requirements will be applied to the new program. Be aware that transferring to a new program may extend the time needed to complete your degree, especially if you haven’t completed the new program’s core or prerequisite courses. If you have completed relevant course work at other institutions, it will be re-evaluated for transfer credit in light of the new program requirements.
Minors are a set of no less than 18 prescribed credits within a 120 or 90 credit program. They represent a second discipline as a complement to a major or concentration. Minors are recorded on transcripts but not degree parchments. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all minor courses is required to earn a minor. Minors are not available to students in a diploma or certificate program. Multiple minors are permitted. Courses at the 400-level cannot apply to a minor for students enrolled in a ministry program.
Minors provide an opportunity to study a second discipline as a complement to your major or concentration. Minors are especially useful for students considering careers in education, communications, business, the social sciences, the natural sciences, history, general studies, and Christian ministry or for students enrolling in graduate programs. Students are not permitted to complete a minor in the same discipline as their major.
Earning a Second Degree
To earn a second degree, you must submit a Second Degree Application to the Office of the Registrar. A second degree will be granted under the following conditions:
- you have met the admission requirements of the second degree program;
- your second degree is in a different area of study than your first degree;
- you meet all of the stated degree requirements for the second degree;
- at least 30 credit hours of work at Ambrose University towards your second degree has not been applied to the first degree, with at least 21 of the 30 credit hours completed at the senior level.
Ambrose University does not admit its graduates to the same degree a second time.
Earning a Double Major
You can earn a double major by fulfilling all the major requirements of both programs as listed in the Academic Calendar. You may count courses to fill program requirements in both majors, but the required number of credits in both majors must still be completed. Please note that while you may earn two majors, only one degree will be granted. It is also important to note that Ambrose University cannot guarantee that course sequencing and timetabling will accommodate all the requirements of a double major within four academic years. In addition, be aware that meeting the requirements of both major programs could require completion of more than 120 credits.
Psychology and Behavioural Science are not available as a double major.
Earning a Double Concentration
You may earn a double concentration by fulfilling all the concentration requirements of both programs as listed in the current Academic Calendar. While you may earn two concentrations, please note that only one degree will be granted. It is also important to note that Ambrose University cannot guarantee that course sequencing and timetabling will accommodate all the requirements of a double concentration within three academic years. In addition, be aware that meeting the requirements of both concentrations could require completion of more than 90 credits. General Studies is not available as part of a double concentration. Psychology and Behavioural Science are not available as a double concentration.
Upgrading a Concentration to a Major
You may upgrade an Ambrose-granted three-year concentration degree to a four-year major by fulfilling the remaining requirements of the four-year major. When you complete the four-year major the three-year concentration degree will be rescinded