Academic Programs Admission Requirements For International Students

We are happy to have international students study with us at Atlantic School of Theology.  We have multiple options for studying both online and in person. Here is information that will be helpful as you consider applying at AST.

If your first language is not English, you will need to achieve a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL for admission. You are also expected to submit an academic writing sample of 8-10 pages, showcasing your best research and writing skills, with your application. Additionally, you will need to apply to Immigration Canada for a Study Permit. Please visit for contact information for your nearest Canadian Consulate or High Commission. AST expects international students to meet all government requirements and have sufficient financial resources for the duration of their studies.

The academic pre-requisite for admission to the Master of Divinity Program (MDiv), Graduate Certificate Program in Theological Studies, and admission as a Special Student is a Bachelor’s Degree (or its educational equivalent) from a university recognized by the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada or the Council for Higher Education in the United States.  Applicants to the MDiv Program, Graduate Certificate Program, and as a Special Student are expected to have attained an average of at least 70% or a ‘B’ grade (or the grade point average equivalent) in their undergraduate program.

Applicants who seek admission to graduate programs or credit courses without a completed Bachelor’s degree must complete a Prior Learning Portfolio to establish Bachelor's degree equivalency.

Financial Information

International Student Bursary 2020-2021: All graduate students (new or returning) who are subject to international tuition rates at AST are eligible for financial assistance from the International Student Bursary in academic year 2020/2021. To qualify, you must be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program, the Master of Arts (Theology and Religious Studies program, or the Master of Divinity (on campus or Summer Distance streams) program. Special Students and Diploma students are not eligible. If you are admitted to a program part way through an academic term, you become eligible for the bursary at the beginning of the following term.

International student tuition for 2020-2021 is $1,444 per graduate course. The value of the International Student Bursary in 2020-2021 is $400 per graduate credit course, and this bursary may only be used to subsidize tuition payable to AST. The maximum value of the International Student Bursary corresponds to the number of AST credits you take in your program. Credits earned through another institution (including CPE) do not qualify for the International Student Bursary.

The International Student Bursary is not awarded automatically. You must apply for this bursary.

To apply for the International Student Bursary, send your name, contact information, a personal statement confirming that you are paying international student rates to AST, and a copy of your 2020-2021 AST Registration Confirmation Form (issued by AST’s Registrar) to Colleen Forward (

Deadline for applications:

  • June 20, 2020 (for Summer 2020 term funding)
  • September 20, 2020 (for Fall 2020 term funding)
  • January 20, 2021 (for Winter 2021 term funding)

AST also has other scholarships and bursaries available which may further reduce the cost. The value of an entrance scholarship will be included in your letter of admission and does not require any additional application. 


Application deadlines vary depending on the program which you are looking to enroll in. For a full list of deadlines please visit


Atlantic School of Theology offers both Diploma and Graduate programs.

Graduate Studies at AST includes the following:
AST offers the following Diploma programs:

Apply for a Study Permit

To study in Canada, international students require a study permit and/or a visitor visa, issued by Canada immigration authorities.
Full information on how to apply for a study permit can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
The CIC website has comprehensive information on how to get a study permit, including instructions on how to:

  • Prepare to study by finding out what you need before applying for a study permit
  • Determine your eligibility
  • Apply for a study permit, including where to get application forms and guides
  • Check Processing Times
  • Get 'next steps' after you apply
  • Prepare for arrival in Canada

American citizens or permanent residents of the United States can apply for study permits at the points of entry (border or airports) into Canada.

 Please contact Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-GIllis, our Recruitment and Vocations Coordinator for further information: