General Admission Procedures

Application forms can be obtained from the registrar and should be submitted before May 31 except when circumstances make this impossible.

The following timeline, with respect to admissions, is the one normally followed by the various theological schools of The United Church of Canada, and by St. Andrew’s. Timelines for admission are based on beginning studies in the fall semester.

Applications from potential new students are received up to May 31, along with an application fee of $75.00. The application fee is non-refundable.

By June 15, notification of acceptance will be sent; the application fee of any applicant not accepted will not be returned.

As of June 30 applications will be considered to be firm. If space remains, late applicants may be admitted, or applicants previously not accepted may be reconsidered.

Occasional Students

Some students may want to take courses for credit without registering in a degree program. Such students may register as "occasional students" and take up to a maximum of 12 credit hours of course work. There are three different options to meet the requirement to register as an occasional student. Occasional students must provide evidence that they have successfully completed a minimum of one year of study (ten one-semester courses) at a university level before registering in a St. Andrew's College course. Such students are encouraged to apply for the Diploma in Theology program. Students are also eligible to register as an occasional student with St. Andrew's if they are currently in a different program of study at a post-secondary institution or if they complete a 'skills assessment' which is evaluated by faculty to determine whether the student is capable of studying at St. Andrew's College.

Pre-Theological Education

At St. Andrew’s we affirm the guidelines as they appear in Section 721 of The Manual of The United Church of Canada.

In selecting their undergraduate courses, candidates should have in mind the acquiring of knowledge of the world in which we live; that is, the world of people and ideas, the world of nature, and the world of human affairs. This could best be done by including such subjects as English literature, philosophy, history, political science, psychology, sociology, a modern language, a biblical language, and one of the physical sciences.

Students expecting to enter theology would, therefore, be wise not to choose a religious studies major but to major in one of the other recommended areas

Bachelor’s degrees of a vocational nature such as nursing, forestry, or education will be accepted if they contain a reasonable proportion of courses in the subjects recommended. Failing that, each case will be assessed on its merits. Allowance may be made for relevant experience and training and for late career decisions. Students on course at the college whose degrees are deficient in certain of the recommended subjects may be advised to take appropriate university courses if the deficiency proves a serious impediment to their theological studies.

Students admitted with a major in religious studies may be required to substitute university arts courses for those core courses in theology which would duplicate work already done.

Applications from students whose first degree is more than 15 years old and who have not undertaken further academic studies since then will be assessed on their merits. Relevant experience, professional training, and personal circumstances may be taken into account.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students may apply for academic credit for learning which was acquired prior to enroling in St. Andrew’s College. Students in the Master of Divinity program may apply for up to four (4) semester courses (12 credits); they may also apply for an assessment of learning equivalent to internship. Students in the Master of Theological Studies program may apply for up to two (2) semester courses (6 credits). Students in the Bachelor of Theology program are not eligible. Please contact the registrar’s office for a copy of the policy.