Admissions Requirements

General Admissions Requirements

Entrance to Heritage Seminary requires a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university. All who apply for admission must be Christians who desire further training for ministry. Admission to the Seminary is not limited by race, colour, or national origin. Please refer to the section describing degrees for specific entrance requirements.

Applicants for the Master of Divinity degree program must have a minimum AGPA of 2.3 (C+) in their bachelor’s degree.

Applicants for the Master of Theological Studies degree program must have a minimum AGPA of 2.5 (C+ / B-) in their bachelor’s degree.

Applicants who do not meet these standards may apply to the Certificate of Theological Studies program. Students who successfully complete the certificate may be eligible to enter a master’s degree program.

Special Admissions
Mature applicants 35 years of age and over, not possessing a bachelor’s degree, may apply for acceptance into the Diploma of Pastoral Studies and Leadership.

Mature applicants without a bachelor’s degree may not apply for the Master of Theological Studies program. Mature applicants without a bachelor’s degree may, under certain circumstances, be considered for acceptance into the Master of Divinity program after successful completion of one of the two following options.

  1. Complete the Seminary Qualifying Certificate which includes 10 college level courses as determined by the Dean and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all the courses.


  2. International Students

    STUDENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: American students must meet the general admissions standards as explained above. Also, American students must have a valid student visa, which can be obtained at a port of entry or at the nearest Canadian Consulate. A student will need an acceptance letter and evidence of sufficient funds/financial support to obtain a student visa. This visa must be presented prior to enrollment.

    STUDENTS FROM ALL OTHER COUNTRIES: Students are advised to apply at least nine months before their planned enrollment date to allow time for processing, acquiring visas, etc. Students are admitted on the basis of graduation from a recognized college, university, or Bible/theological school. Applicants are responsible to provide documentation that verifies the level of their post-secondary training. Official transcripts must be sent from all schools previously attended. If applicable, the student must provide a certified translation into English.

    Proof of English Language proficiency is normally required from all international students with the exception of natives from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and countries of the West Indies (except Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Netherlands Antillies, Puerto Rico, and St. Lucia).
    Students must achieve a minimum score of 550 in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 20 in each of the 4 sections of the iBT. Results must be sent directly to Heritage Seminary (institutional code 1498). Tests can be obtained from TOEFL Services CN6151, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A. 08541- 6151. www.ets.org/toefl.

    It is strongly recommended that all applicants from countries other than the U.S.A. have a local support network (welcoming church, local agency, relatives, or other significant persons). This will contribute to the strength of an application.

    To obtain a visa, international students must apply through Canadian Immigration officials in their home country. The Immigration officials will want to see an official letter of acceptance and demonstration that sufficient funds or sponsorship is available. To obtain more information on Canadian Immigration policies and procedures, see the Canadian government website.

    International students are only accepted for fall term registration. Students will not be enrolled in studies unless the funds required for the first term of studies have been paid (repatriation deposit, tuition, emergency health insurance for one year, and if applicable, residence costs).

    Transfer Students
    Students desiring to transfer into Heritage Theological Seminary from another seminary must arrange for a complete, official transcript to be sent from each post-secondary school previously attended. These transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Assistant, Heritage Theological Seminary, 175 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, N3C 3T2.

    Transfer students must have received an honourable dismissal from all other schools and may receive transfer credits from other recognized institutions for equivalent courses in their chosen program provided that they have earned a “C” grade or above. All transfer credits are subject to the discretion of the Registrar in consultation with the Academic Dean.

    In order to be eligible to graduate from Heritage Seminary, transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Heritage Seminary, or one-half of the degree, whichever is less.

    Advanced Standing
    Heritage Seminary considers awarding Advanced Standing to students who have attained an undergraduate degree, which is in Bible, Theology, Religious Education, or Religious Studies. Advanced Standing means that a student is given credit for previous academic work and is not required to take some of the prescribed courses for a degree. Several factors are weighed when considering whether or not an applicant is eligible for Advanced Standing. These include number of hours completed at the undergraduate level, AGPA, grades in individual courses and the program to which a student has applied.

To resume studies, a student should request permission from the Registrar via a Return to Studies form. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 1-800-465-1961 for more information.

Discontinued Programs
Heritage is constantly re-evaluating programs to ensure that they adequately prepare students for effective ministry within churches, parachurch organizations, and other organizations. As a result, some programs may be discontinued and more effective programs introduced. Students entering programs will be allowed to complete the program within the prescribed timeframe for the program. For example, a student entering a three-year program which is discontinued will have three years to complete the program. After that time span, students will be asked to choose a new program. While some substitutions of course requirements may be possible, Heritage does not guarantee that all previously taken courses will transfer when a student changes programs.