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

Tuition for International students taking graduate credits for 2020 / 2021 academic year is $1444 per credit.

AST has just introduced an international student bursary valued at $400 per credit, reducing tuition to $1044 per course

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. For more information click here.


Application deadlines vary depending on the program which you are looking to enroll in. or 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; and
  • 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: