St. Andrew's is accepting students into all of our programs. For additional information on the programs please see the St. Andrew's College Student Handbook.
Diploma in Theology
The Diploma in Theology is designed for people who want to experience theological education for personal enrichment or as preparation for future study. It involves the equivalent of one full year of study. Many students do this program on a part-time basis. It is an excellent program to help discern direction for a vocation in Christian ministry.
Courses must be chosen in the areas including: Biblical Studies, Theology, Ethics/Church in Society, Church History, Pastoral Care, Christian Worship, Christian Education, and United Church History, Theology and Polity. A variety of electives are also available.
The normal admission requirement is at least one year of university. For those without that requirement, a skills assessment may enable admission to the program.
Dual Degree Program
St. Andrew’s College, in partnership with The United Church of Canada, is now offering a program of study and formation for ordained ministry that integrates undergraduate preparation, post-graduate study and experience in ministry.
A three-year Bachelor of Theology (BTh) will integrate one year of study in the traditional theological disciplines from St. Andrew’s with two years of study in liberal arts. The Bachelor of Theology will provide graduating students with one year of equivalency in the St. Andrew’s Master of Divinity (MDiv) program.
During the MDiv program, leading to readiness for ministry, students will engage in upper level courses in the theological disciplines, courses in practical ministry, a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and a 20-month ministry residency experience with collegial learning circles.
For those at the beginning of their post-secondary education, programs of preparation for ministry have typically been between seven and nine years in duration. The dual degree program at St. Andrew’s may be completed in just over five and a half years.
Students graduating with the BTh and entering into the MDiv program have their tuition for the year of MDiv course work paid for by friends of St. Andrew’s College and have access to other financial support resources and earned income during ministry residency.
For more information download the Dual Degree Program brochure.
Master of Theological Studies
The purpose of this degree is to establish a theological foundation for life or work in society or in the church and it also provides a basis for further theological study. This degree involves the equivalent of two full years of study.
Courses must be chosen in the areas of: Biblical Studies, Theology, Ethics/Church in Society, Church History, and Pastoral Care. There are other requirements in the life of the college that must also be fulfilled eg. orientation, chapel leadership, and various workshops.
The normal admission requirement is an undergraduate degree from a recognized university.
You might benefit from this program if:
Master of Divinity
This degree is for people pursuing ordained ministry. It combines academic learning with experiential learning through a residency (internship) requirement. This is a four-year degree.
Required courses to be completed before residency (internship) are in the areas of: Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, Ethics/Church in Society, Pastoral Care, Worship and Christian Education. Integration Seminar (practical field ministry work) is also required. In addition, there are credits which must be completed during residency (internship) and before graduation such as: United Church History, Theology and Polity, Mission and Administration, Skills and Reflection in Pastoral Ministry, Learning and Reflection in Aboriginal Ministry contexts and Vocation and Identity in Pastoral Ministry? There are other requirements in the life of the college that must also be fulfilled, e.g. orientation, chapel leadership and various workshops.
The normal admission requirement is an undergraduate degree from a recognized university or its equivalent. In order to enter the MDiv program, students must also have been received or intend to be received as candidates for ordination in the United Church of Canada. You may ask your local United Church minister for information about this aspect of the ordination process.Occasional Student
Occasional students may register for credit in up to four semester courses without being enrolled in a degree program. To be permitted to take a course for credit, such students must provide the college with a transcript indicating they have successfully completed the equivalent of one year of university classes or the Leadership Development Module from the Centre for Christian Studies, or successfully complete a skills assessment (available from the registrar’s office). Occasional students may audit a course (except an Internet course) with the permission of the instructor.
Master of Sacred Theology
This program is offered through the Graduate Studies Council of the Saskatoon Theological Union. This academic master’s degree is used for continuing education or as a stepping stone toward doctoral studies and allows for specialization in a particular field of study.
Doctor of Ministry
This program specializes in rural ministry and community development. The courses are offered in an intensive format. More information on both these programs is available in the S.T.M. and D.Min handbook, which can be requested from the registrar.
Admission process for St. Andrew's College Degree Programs
For admission to the Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S), Master of Divinity (M.Div), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) or the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) programs an application form for must be completed and submitted. The following documentation is required: personal information, post-secondary education background, recent employment background, an autobiography, a sample of academic writing, references and a non-refundable application fee.
For M.Div applications, information about where you are in the discernment process of the United Church of Canada and a financial statement are required. For D.Min applications, a statement describing how work in the applicant’s ministry site will be integrated with studies and confirmation of support for study from the applicant’s ministry site are required.
An application for admission will be considered once all of the required documentation and fee have been received by the Registrar’s Office.
For a student to be admitted to St. Andrew’s College, the college must be satisfied of his/her academic, vocational and psychological fitness, and that her/his financial means are adequate. The applicant will be notified promptly of the decision regarding their application. Upon success, the student will receive a faculty advisor and course information and be eligible to register for classes.
Admission to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada (from another denomination)
Members of the Order of Ministry who are seeking admission to the Order of ministry of the United Church of Canada are required to complete an educational component. St. Andrew’s College offers the courses necessary to complete the program of study for Admission to The United Church of Canada. The admission process is overseen by the appropriate unit of the General Council of the United Church of Canada.
Required courses are: United Church History, Theology and Polity, a reading course and a course in Christian Education or a second reading course such as Christian Education and United Church worship.
The normal admission requirement is to submit a letter to the College from the executive of the Conference with which you are affiliated which confirms approval of the Conference interview Board that you are considered suitable to seek appointment in the United Church of Canada, or equivalent. A copy of your MDiv degree transcript must also be provided.
The program requirements are specified in the United Church of Canada Admission to the Order of Ministry Handbook which may be found on THe United Church of Canada's website.
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a student at St. Andrew’s please download the pertinent application form. Once you have completed the form send it in with the application fee to:
St. Andrew’s College
1121 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
For more information contact the registrars, Greg Torwalt, at email@example.com or 306-966-5244.
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