In 1972 a long-time dream became reality with the formation of a graduate division and in 1974 this division was named Winnipeg Theological Seminary, now called Providence Theological Seminary. The Seminary began because there was a need for evangelical graduate ministry training in Canada.
As early as 1931, President Simon Forsberg, stated that “academic excellence and spiritual vitality should go hand in hand.” He envisioned strengthening the school through the addition of liberal arts and this vision continues. In the 1960s, President Elmer Towns pushed Providence to “greater academic excellence while still maintaining a high level of spirituality.”
More liberal arts courses were added to the College and in 1991, a transferability arrangement was achieved with the University of Manitoba. Under the leadership of President William Eichhorst, in an effort to more accurately represent both its theological roots and its broad academic program, the institution's name was changed to Providence College and Theological Seminary. In the same year, Providence Theological Seminary was fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada to offer the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. In recent years, ATS has given full approval to the addition of the Doctor of Ministry program offered in the Seminary.
At present, the majority of our University College courses are transferable to public university programs across Canada and beyond. In 2010 the Senate of the University of Manitoba approved Providence College degrees for entrance into post-baccalaureate (M.A. and B.Ed.) programs on par with other universities in Canada. Since 2000, Providence Seminary has offered an extension program in counselling at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. In June 2011 the Manitoba legislature passed Bill 301, the Providence College and Theological Seminary Incorporation Amendment Act, which adds the term University after Providence, changing the institutional name to Providence University College & Theological Seminary. This clarified what the undergraduate institution is: A Christian University offering Bachelor of Arts degrees according to the standards of other Canadian universities.
In the fall of 2013 Providence unveiled a third school, Mile Two Discipleship School. An eight-month discipleship school that focuses on biblical study, experiential learning and seeking God. Mile Two seeks to develop disciples of Jesus who are compassionate, self-sacrificing and absolutely committed to pursuing Jesus in every area of life. Mile Two Discipleship School classes and programs officially began in September 2014.