Mature Students and Non-Accredited Degree Students
Applicants who have not obtained a bachelor's degree may be able to apply as mature students. A mature applicant must be at least 30 years old and be able to demonstrate academic aptitude through one of the following:
Submission of official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test scores. Minimum scores of 153 on the verbal section and 4.5 on the analytical section are required. Providence's institutional code for the GRE is 6585. For further information on the GRE, please contact the Seminary Admissions Counsellor.
Applicants with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) from another graduate institution may be considered for admission in cases where the other graduate institution is considered equivalent to Providence Seminary.
Submission and assessment of an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) portfolio. Providence provides RPL portfolio development and assessment services at a cost of $300. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information about the RPL process or to schedule an initial consultation.
Applicants who hold a dgree from a non-accredited institution can apply as a non-accredited degree student. No age restriction applies to those applying as non-accredited degree students.
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting body to which the Seminary belongs, limits the portion of the student body that can be admitted as mature or non-accredited degree students, except in cases where the student's RPL portfolio or non-accredited degree is determined by the faculty assessor to be the educational equivalent of an accredited bachelor's degree. All applicants will be assessed according to the availability of program vacancies and the relative merits of each case. Students entering the MA (Theological Studies) and the MA (Christian Studies) programs are not eligible for Mature or Non-Accredited Degree Status.
Students from other countries (not including the United States) who wish to apply to Providence Theological Seminary will not find the Canadian immigration procedure complex or difficult. In order to obtain a study permit, students must be able to prove they have the funds to pay for the entire first year of study including tuition, books, fees, living expenses, and travel to and from Canada. Please visit the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) website to read and study the information about getting a study permit and find where you will need to submit your study permit application.
All students whose mother tongue is not English must submit an official test score as part of their application. To learn more, please click the link below.
Those who desire theological training but do not have degree goals may be admitted as special students. They may take any class for which they meet the prerequisities. Proof of an undergraduate degree must be provided prior to registration. Official transcript(s) can be sent to the Admissions Office. A maximum of 15 hours may be taken as a Special Student. After 15 hours, students must apply for Seminary admission to a program of study.