Ready to apply to one of our graduate programs? Here’s how it works.
Step 1: Select a graduate program
Visit the Graduate Programs page or view the How To Choose Your Program page
Step 2: Review the admission requirements
Visit the Admission Requirements page
Step 3: Start an online application
The application does not need to be completed in one sitting. Once you start an application, you will receive an email with a link to it. It typically takes one to two hours to complete.
Submitting your application online allows us to serve you in an efficient and timely manner through the application process. But if you wish to receive an application package by mail or email, please contact an Admissions Counsellor firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 604.224.3245 or toll free: 1.800.663.8664.
Step 4: Submit the application and fee
You need to upload a number of documents to your online application:
- a personal statement
- a book review (for the mature student category)
- a sample of academic writing (for the non-accredited student category and ThM applicants)
You also need to provide the contact information of your referees. Visit the Admission Requirements page for a complete list of documents and information to include.
If you are unable to submit your application, check the list for any incomplete sections and outstanding documents (the list is generated when you click to submit).
You will see the link to the payment page when you successfully submit your online application.
We will begin processing your application and contacting your referees upon receipt of your application and application fee.
Step 5: Submit the application documents
There are a number of additional documents you need to arrange to have sent directly to our offices. These include:
- your references: we will contact your referees directly and ask them to fill out an online reference form, but you need to line up your referees ahead of time, and provide their contact information in the online application
- official transcripts: you will need to contact your university and request that they mail us a transcript directly, or submit one electronically through a secure web transcript program
- TOEFL results (if applicable): you need to arrange for your testing agency to send us your test scores directly
Since it takes some time to gather these documents, you can start the process even before you submit the online application. Visit the Admission Requirements page for a complete list of required documents.
Step 6: Wait While Your Application Is Reviewed
The Admissions Committee will review your application once we have received all your application documents. This process may take up to four weeks.
Step 7: Receive Notification of Admission
Once you have been admitted to a program, we will mail you an admissions package that will include the letter of acceptance and visa letters for international students.
We encourage non-North American students to apply for a study permit as soon as they receive the admissions package. This process can take from a few weeks to a few months. You can find information on applying for a study permit here.
Once you’ve been accepted
Find out what to do once you’ve been accepted into your program.
These are the minimum requirements in order to be admitted to one of our programs.
Students currently in the MA in Theological Studies (formerly the MCS) or MDiv program at Regent who are nearing completion may apply to the ThM program by submitting the following:
Students will have to fulfill the ThM degree requirements as stated in the Academic Catalogue that is current at the time of admission.
The Institution Code to have your scores sent to Regent College is 9738.
MA in Theo. Studies & MALTS
internet-based exam scale OR
computer-based exam scale
AND Essay score
Regent College also recognizes the IELTS (Academic Training) as a measurement of proficiency. We require minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for all our graduate programs, with the exception of the Master of Theology program, where we require a minimum score of 7.5.
If you need to submit a TOEFL score and have not yet taken this test, you should plan to do so now as part of your application process. Since tests are offered only a limited number of times each year, and some countries have long waiting lists, it is vital to register well in advance for a test date. Once the test is written, it can take up to six weeks for the results to be sent to Regent. Application decisions cannot be made until TOEFL scores have arrived.
Scores are valid for a maximum of two years.
Our admissions policies
We encourage men and women of any race, colour, national or ethnic origin, and denomination to apply for our programs. We also welcome students with disabilities—our campus is fully accessible to students in wheelchairs. We then select from a variety of factors in addition to strong academic performance, such as employment history, voluntary activities, and creative pursuits.
The normal prerequisite for study is an accredited bachelor's degree. We are aware, however, that some students may not have a bachelor's degree, yet have the interest and ability to study at the graduate level. If this is the case, we encourage you to apply as a mature student.
If you're unsure about applying for a program, but want to start off by taking some courses, you can do so as an unclassified student.
What type of applicant are you?
Our application form asks you to specify what type of applicant you are. This chart will help you figure this out.
|Type of applicant||Program applying for||Credential||Other requirements||Application|
|Regular Student|| GradDipCS|
MA in Theo. Studies
|have accredited bachelor's degree||n/a||Select "Regular Student" on the application form|
|Mature Student*|| GradDipCS|
MA in Theo. Studies
|do not have a bachelor's degree; must be at least 28 years of age|| demonstrate how your life/vocational/educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university education; |
|Select "Mature Student" on the application form|
|Non-Accredited Degree Student*|| GradDipCS|
MA in Theo. Studies
|have degree, but from non-accredited institution|| Sample research paper||Select "Non-Accredited Degree Student" on the application form|
|ThM Student||ThM||have accredited MCS, MDiv, or equivalent graduate theological degree||Sample research paper||Select "ThM Student" on the application form; request the supplementary ThM Application and reference forms|
|Special Student||Not applying to a specific program||have accredited bachelor's degree, OR are at least 28 years of age||want to take more than 6 credit hours per term, or more than 12 credit hours overall, without enrolling in a diploma or degree program; OR are currently enrolled in good standing at another graduate institution, and wish to earn credits at Regent toward a degree there||Select "Special Student" on the application form|
|Unclassified Student**||Not applying to a specific program||have a bachelor's degree, OR are at least 28 years of age||want to take up to 6 credit hours per term (to a maximum total of 12 credits) without enrolling in a diploma or degree program||Do not need to fill out an application form|
* The accrediting body to which the College belongs (the Association of Theological Schools) limits the portion of our students that may be admitted as mature or non-accredited degree students. We assess the applications according to the availability of space and the relative merits of each case.
** This is a temporary designation only. As an unclassified student, once you complete 12 credits of courses, you must apply for admission to a Regent program if you wish to take more courses. Note that students admitted to a program are given priority in classes where space is limited. If you're coming from outside of Canada as an Unclassified Student, and you plan to study for less than six months, you may not require a study permit. Contact the Assistant Dean of Students for details.
Categories of admission
If you are admitted to Regent College, you will be admitted under one of the following three categories:
- Unconditional Admission: All requirements have been met.
- Conditional Admission: Under special circumstances, you may be admitted while certain official documents are still outstanding. The outstanding documents must be sent to us as soon as possible. Once we receive the outstanding documents and evaluate them to be satisfactory, we change your conditional admission to unconditional admission. If we do not receive the outstanding documents within one year of your start term, we will place a hold on your account and you will not be able to register for any courses. Please note that we do not grant conditional admission for outstanding English language requirements or, in some cases, incomplete transcripts.
- Probationary Admission: Under exceptional circumstances, you may be granted probationary admission despite an academic record below normal entrance requirements. If you are admitted in this category, you can register for a maximum of 9 credits in your first term, and must take the non-credit Academic Writing course (GENR 311). We will remove your probationary status on the condition that you earn the minimum entrance grade point average requirement in your first 9 credits. If you do not earn the required grades, we will withdraw the probationary admission. Please note that we do not grant probationary admission to students coming from outside of North America.
If you fall below the minimum, you will be notified that you have been put on academic probation for the following term. If you fall substantially below the minimum, you may be dismissed from the College without probation. For further information, please see the graduation requirements and probation policy section of the Academic Catalogue.