Admission will be granted to students who show evidence of a vital faith in Jesus Christ, who exhibit personal integrity and spiritual maturity, who meet the specific academic prerequisites of the program for which application is made. Taylor Seminary admits students of any race, gender, age, colour, national or ethnic origin to all of its programs. It does not discriminate on such grounds in the administration of its educational policies or financial aid provisions.
The academic prerequisite for admission to the MDiv, MTS, MA, and Diploma programs is possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognized college or university. Graduates of unaccredited colleges, if accepted, are accepted for a probationary year. All applicants should exhibit personal integrity and spiritual maturity.
Students who have taken an undergraduate course which parallels a course required in their program may apply to the Registrar to have the required course waived. The waived course must meet the grade requirement of transfer courses.
Successful completion of a diploma program at Taylor Seminary does not guarantee acceptance into the MDiv or MTS program as a mature student. The number of students who may be accepted into a degree program as mature students is dependent upon the enrolment limitations. No more than 15% of the number enrolled in each of the MDiv and MTS programs shall be mature students.
Mature students who wish to transition from a diploma program to a degree program must fill out and submit the Mature Student Transition to Degree Program form in January for the following fall semester and October for the following winter semester. The academic prerequisite for acceptance into a degree program as a mature student is satisfactory performance in either the Diploma in Christian Studies or Diploma in Intercultural Studies with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.
Mature students who are enrolled in a diploma or a degree program are required to carry a minimum of 12 credits per year.
Applications for acceptance into a degree program as a mature student shall be considered by the Admissions Committee, who will render their decision in writing within two weeks of the application deadlines. An unfavourable decision by the Admissions Committee may be appealed to the Academic Dean, whose decision is final and may not be appealed.
Mature students who intend to remain in their programs must register for the Fall Semester by May 15 and for the Winter Semester by November 1. If they do not intend to take courses in a particular semester, they must notify the registrar in writing by these dates of their intention to take the 12 credits per year required as a condition of their acceptance as mature students. Those who fail to do so may be dropped from their programs.
The Biblical Languages
Because of the importance of the biblical languages for the interpretation of Scripture, Taylor Seminary encourages all students to gain some familiarity with Greek and Hebrew through the 3 credit BI 514 Greek and Hebrew Tools course.
English Language Proficiency
Since the language of instruction at Taylor Seminary is English, students whose first language is not English are normally required to demonstrate facility in the English language by achieving satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless proficiency in English has been demonstrated in another way. Students who have graduated from a college or university in which English is the primary language of instruction will not be required to submit TOEFL, CAEL, MELAB or IELTS results. However, the Admissions Committee may require a TOEFL, CAEL, MELAB or IELTS exam after reviewing a student's transcript and other written materials.
International students are strongly encouraged to take one of these exams and submit the results rather than hope for an exception to the policy. Test results should be sent to the Taylor Admissions Office.
Scores must be as follows:
TOEFL - 85 (internet-based test), with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components of the test
CAEL - 70
MELAB - 85
IELTS - 6.5, with no band less than 5.0
Information on the above examinations is available from:
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent directly to Taylor Seminary by the institution.
Personal Reference Forms must be given to the individual providing a reference (pastor, church leader) and sent directly to Taylor Seminary by that individual.
The church endorsement form must be completed by the church of which you are either a member or you attend regularly. This form must be sent directly to Taylor Seminary by the church.
Students who wish to be considered for admission under mature student status must submit an application at least four months before they intend to enroll. Their application should be accompanied by a detailed statement concerning their ministry experience to date and sense of call.
When all application materials have been received, Enrolment Services will review the applicant's file and notify him or her of its decision in writing. Applicants will be informed periodically as to the status of their file. Applicants can also check with Enrolment Services to find out which documents have been received to date.
Financial Aid Application Information
Through the generous support of Taylor donors, alumni and churches, Taylor is able to offer significant financial aid to students, thus greatly reducing the cost of ministry preparation. A list of these scholarships and bursaries is below, and we are grateful for these friends of Taylor who have invested faithfully over mainy years in the future leaders of the church.
>> A new opportunity to apply for Financial Aid is now available to students for 2015-2016 -- please note the new deadlines and forms for this round of applications.
Here are the two documents needed.
1. The Taylor Seminary Financial Aid Application Form for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 is available here.
2. The Taylor Seminary Financial Aid Criteria is outlined in this overview of our scholarships and bursaries.
Completed forms are must be submitted each year in order to be considered. New students’ Application for Admission to study at Taylor must also be completed in order for the financial aid application to be considered. The deadline for the 2015 Fall Term and the 2016 Winter Term is June 15, 2015.
Late Applications will not be considered.
Reimbursement for Unused Aid
Students who leave school before completing an academic term must return a portion of the financial aid received. This portion is based on the table found in the Refund section of the Academic Calendar.
The Seminary scholarship program awards those students obtaining above average grades with tuition reduction credited directly to a student’s account, 50% each semester. Students on academic probation or on disciplinary probation are not eligible.
Alfred Krinke Leadership Scholarship
A scholarship of $1,000 is available to a fulltime seminary student who is entering the final year of their academic program and will complete their program in the upcoming academic year, has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and has demonstrated leadership ability. Additional application is required - Click Here.
Catherine Poon Scholarship
Two scholarships of $1000 each are available to full-time students in the final year of the MDiv program that demonstrate spiritual maturity as they serve in the local church or mission field and who demonstrate financial need. One scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a minimum GPA of 2.50 in Systematic Theology and one scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attained a minimum GPA of 2.50 in Old Testament studies.
Edith G Barton Trust Scholarship
Four scholarships of $1,000 each are available to fulltime seminary students who have completed at least 24 credits at Taylor (including two credits of Field Education) and who demonstrate spiritual maturity, ministry skills, high academic standard, leadership potential, ministry potential, and financial need. Preference will be given to students preparing for vocational pastoral ministry or vocational missionary service.
Edmonton Chinese Christian Church
Three scholarships of $2,000 each are available to seminary students who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.00 and demonstrate financial need. Preference for one of these scholarships will be given to students enrolled in an Intercultural Studies program.
Goltz Family Scholarship
A scholarship of $750 is available to a student enrolled in a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program who is preparing for pastoral ministry.
Richter Memorial Scholarship
A bursary of $500 is available to a full-time student who demonstrates financial need.
Taylor Seminary General Scholarships
Scholarships of $500 are available for full-time students who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.
Westview Baptist Church Scholarship
A scholarship of $1000 is available to a full-time seminary student from an Alberta Baptist Association church located in the southern half of Alberta.
Through donations from generous friends, alumni and businesses, Taylor is able to offer a number of bursaries. Some of these are awarded according to stipulations specified by the donor. Students on academic probation or on disciplinary probation are not eligible.
Alumni Student Partner Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a fulltime seminary student who demonstrates financial need, has superior academic standing & acceptable Christian conduct, and intends to enter full time church-related ministry.
Daniel and Marie Hoffman Bursary
A bursary of $2,500 is available to a fulltime seminary student who demonstrates financial need.
Dr A S Felberg Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $800 is available to a fulltime seminary student who demonstrates financial need.
Dr D Lemke Mission Bursary
A bursary of $3,000 is available to a fulltime seminary student, who is a member of an NAB church, has completed the first year of their program and intends to enter foreign missions ministry.
Donna Jensen Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a fulltime seminary student who attends seminary as a career change later in life, or a minister taking advanced training after a time in the community, and demonstrates financial need.
Edmonton Korean Church of Sending
A bursary of $1,000 is available to a fulltime student who demonstrates financial need and evidences a Christian lifestyle. Preference will be given to a student who professes the desire to serve at home or foreign missions.
Ewald Breitkreuz Family Bursary
Two bursaries of $500 each are available to fulltime Master of Divinity students who are members of an NAB church and demonstrate financial need.
Fred Leverette Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a full-time student who demonstrates financial need.
German Bible Camp Bursary
A bursary of $1000 is available to a full time student who demonstrates financial need and is intending to enter full time church-related ministry.
Heinrich & Bertha Klukas & Family Bursary
A bursary of $1,000 is available to a fulltime student who demonstrates financial need.
Intercultural Pastoral Studies Bursary
A bursary of $800 is available to a fulltime student training to be a pastor of an ethnic church within the NAB Conference and who demonstrates financial need.
A bursary of $800 is available to a fulltime MA in Intercultural Studies student who has stated an intention of working in an NAB or NAB-partnered mission field upon graduation and who demonstrates financial need.
Lethbridge Bethany Baptist Bursary
A bursary of $4,000 is available to a fulltime seminary student, enrolled in a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program, and who demonstrates financial need. Priority will be given to students from the Lethbridge or Southern Alberta area.
A bursary of $3,500 is available to a fulltime Master of Divinity student, who has good Christian deportment, and demonstrates financial need.
Lillian and Gerald Sass Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a fulltime MDiv student who plans to become an NAB pastor or missionary and demonstrates financial need. Preference is that one student receive the award for three consecutive years.
Manitoba Baptist Association Bursary
A bursary of $1000 is available to provide financial assistance to a full-time student from a Manitoba Baptist Association church who demonstrates financial need. If there is no eligible student, the funds may be available to a seminary student from any North American Baptist Church.
Muller Family Bursary
A bursary of $2500 is available to a full-time student who exhibits primary emphasis in Christian education and/or youth work, and/or missions, and demonstrates financial need.
Salem Church Bursary
A bursary of $3,500 is available to a fulltime seminary pastoral student, who is a member of an NAB church and demonstrates financial need.
Sigmund Berthold Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a fulltime pastoral student, who is not in the first year of their program, has an above average GPA and demonstrates financial need.
Taylor Seminary General Bursaries
Bursaries of $500 are available for full-time students who demonstrate financial need.
William Patzia Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a fulltime seminary student working towards pastoral ministry, who is a member of an NAB church and demonstrates financial need.
Taylor will award these bursaries based on the information contained on applications for admission and financial aid. These bursaries are non-repayable and are granted primarily on the basis of financial need.
Year-End Scholarships and Awards
Also, take note that a number of year-end scholarships and awards are presented by the faculty primarily on the basis of academic performance (no application can be made for these awards).
Alumni Association Scholarship
Doris and Gerald Borchert Scholarship in New Testament Studies
Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship
William Sturhahn Preaching Award
Dan Leverette Memorial Scholarship
Canadian Bible Society Award for Bible Reading
Dewey Intercultural Studies Award
Other Financial Aid - External Links
There are other sources of financial aid available to students. The following list includes some sites that may be of interest. PLEASE NOTE: These links are for information only, and clicking will take you to an external website over which Taylor has no control or relationship. Taylor makes no warranty as to the content of these sites, and we urge you to do your due diligence before contacting these organizations.
Arts Graduate Scholarship - Seven awards of $15,000 each. Sponsored by the Alberta Government. (Typically awarded to students in a traditional arts program, but a strong application from a student might make the case for literary studies, according to a department spokesperson.)
Northern Alberta Development Council Bursary - Willing to serve at least one year in northern Alberta in a high-demand career? The NADC bursary, sponsored by the Alberta government, is worth $6,000 per year for a maximum of two years.
Storewell's Foster Children Bursary - Applicant must have been a foster child in Canada or the United States, and must be at least 24 years of age. Sponsored by Storewell, a self-storage company based in Toronto, ON.
Government Student Loans
The following government loans may be available to Taylor Seminary students:
The Government of Canada offers Canada Student Loans to full and part-time post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need in most *provinces and territories across Canada. You apply through your province or territory of permanent residence which assess your eligibility and determine the amount of federal and provincial student financial assistance you can receive. Through the same application you may also qualify for Canada Study Grants, Canada Access Grants, a Canadian Millennium Bursary and provincial grants and bursaries– non repayable forms of student financial assistance.*The exceptions are Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut which operate their own student loans programs.
Canada Student Loans Program www.canlearn.ca
To determine your eligibility and request applications or apply on-line:
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|Prince Edward Island||www.studentloan.pe.ca|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Taylor Seminary all about?
Taylor Seminary is an evangelical centre of higher education dedicated to training men and women to serve as leaders and disciples of Christ. Our students are often our biggest champions, commenting favorably on the outstanding faculty, the campus atmosphere, our programs and courses, the outstanding value we offer and more. Students also find the emphasis on spiritual formation to be invaluable. Studying at Taylor Seminary is truly a life-changing, faith-building opportunity.
What is the Taylor campus like?
Taylor Seminary is situated on a beautiful 4-acre site in southwest Edmonton. The main administration building houses the General Office, classrooms, Stencel Hall (a lecture theatre) and the Taylor Commons. This building is attached to the Benke office building which houses the faculty offices, a reading room and White Cross Canada. Next door is the student residence, Muller Hall which offers both traditional and non-traditional housing as well as bachelor suites.
Our neighbours on campus include CDI College (private post-secondary) and Imagining Church. The central "Campus Green" connects all of the main buildings, while other landscaped areas provide places for quiet study, prayer, or relaxation. There are several maintained playing fields as well as paths leading to a forested ravine.
Where is Taylor Seminary located?
Taylor Seminary is located in Edmonton, the capital city of the province of Alberta, in Canada. A city of nearly a million people, Edmonton is a centre of culture and the arts, research, education, and recreation. Edmonton has a number of professional sports teams and is home to West Edmonton Mall, the world's largest shopping centre. Click here for more information about the City of Edmonton.
What are the entrance requirements at Taylor Seminary?
Please see Application Requirements for details.
Do I have to take the TOEFL exam?
Since the language of instruction at Taylor is English, applicants must be proficient in both verbal and written English. Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 3 years of instruction exclusively in English may have this requirement waived. Please see Application Requirements for details.
Do I need a student visa? How do I obtain one? How long will this take?
All international students at Taylor Seminary require a study permit. A letter of acceptance from Taylor Seminary, proof of sufficient funds and possibly a medical report are required to obtain a study permit. Since obtaining this permit may take up to six months, students are advised to begin the process as soon as they have been accepted to Taylor. Please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for further information.
What other documents do I need in order to get a study permit?
In addition to your acceptance letter from Taylor Seminary, you will be required to show proof of identity, and proof of funds. For more information on these documents please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Health insurance is mandatory for all international students living in Canada. Upon arrival, students from outside of Canada may be registered under a Student Guard Health Insurance policy and a reasonable monthly fee will be charged to their account. Students on a visa to study in Alberta are eligible for Alberta Health Care medical insurance and may choose to opt out of the above health insurance program upon presentation of proof of Alberta Health Care coverage to the Taylor business office. For information on obtaining health insurance , please see the Alberta Government’s Health and Wellness website (health forms are here).
How do I apply to Taylor?
Please visit the Application Information page for further details.
How much does it cost to go to Taylor Seminary?
The cost for a single person to attend Taylor Seminary and live on campus for one academic year (two semesters from September to December, and January to April) is approximately $13,000 in Canadian funds. Students must be able to provide proof to the Canadian government that they can cover these expenses without the assistance of financial aid.
When do I have to pay?
When you apply to Taylor Seminary as a student from outside of Canada, you will be required to send in an application fee of $80 CDN. Your application cannot be processed until this fee has been paid. After you have been accepted you will be sent registration information. The balance of your tuition and fees is due on the first day of classes.
How do I pay my fees?
Application fees and tuition deposits can be paid by credit card, money order, or cheque in Canadian or US funds. We recommend that you set up a bank account upon your arrival in Canada from which you can withdraw your tuition and fee payments in Canadian dollars.
Applicants may also choose to submit fees through a Western Union money transfer. Please contact your local Western Union location for information on how to transfer funds to Western Union in Edmonton. You will also need to contact us to determine who the recipient at Taylor Seminary will be. Go to Western Union to find a location near you.
Is there financial aid available from Taylor Seminary?
Taylor Seminary has received specially designated funds from friends, alumni, and businesses in order to endow scholarships and bursaries. Nonetheless, Taylor has a limited amount of funding available for financial aid. We do not have full scholarships or large amounts of money available for international students. Students should calculate their expenses assuming that they will not receive any financial aid. Applications for Financial Aid must be received by June 15th each year. Please see Financial Aid for more details. The 2014-15 Financial Aid Application Form is located here.
Can I work in Canada?
Effective June 1, 2014, new rules permit international students who are attending a "designated learning institution" to work off campus. You can read more about the new rules on the Government of Canada website (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-changes.asp), which includes:
"Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:
- eligible to work off campus without a work permit;
- allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks; and
- able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months.
To be able to work in Canada, however, you must be registered and enrolled at your designated learning institution, and you must get a Social Insurance Number from Service Canada."
There are a limited number of employment opportunities available on the Taylor campus, and students can inquire about these part-time opportunities if interested.
Is Taylor a Designated Learning Institution?
Taylor is presently seeking to be listed as a Designated Learning Institution. (The official list of designated learning institutions is here.)
Is there on-campus housing at Taylor Seminary?
There are a limited number of suites available on campus for students, including some with full kitchens. It is expected that students in residence would stay through to the end of the full academic term; 30-days notice is required to move off campus before the end of the semester.
What options are there for living off-campus?
There are a number of apartment buildings within walking or bus distance from Taylor Seminary. You may also consider applying for a Homestay program where you can live with an English speaking family and gain experience with the language and culture. Students who live off-campus are responsible for finding their own accommodations.
The following links may help you in finding a place to live in Edmonton:
Home Renters Guide (apartments, condominiums, townhouses, etc)
Beacon Homestay of Canada Ltd.
Website: www.beaconhomestay.com (this website appears to be unavailable)
Telephone: 780-468-0941 Fax: 780-465-7583
Are there any organizations that can help me get settled in Canada?
It is up to you to obtain the documents needed to gain entry into Canada, but there are some organizations that can help make your transition easier. Contact International Student Ministries or the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers for more information.
What about churches, schools, daycare, and medical facilities?
Taylor Seminary is within walking distance of medical facilities. The City of Edmonton has a number of excellent hospitals and many medical clinics. There are also many different churches across Edmonton, which students can get to by car or city transit systems. The following links will provide you with more information on services in Edmonton.
If you have any questions, please give us a call. We invite you to come and experience Taylor first-hand. Come and visit our campus. Sit in classes, worship in chapel and mingle with our faculty and students. We'll provide you with lodging and meals during your stay. Email or call Enrolment Services to arrange your visit. We look forward to seeing you in person!
11525 - 23 Avenue NW,
Canada T6J 4T3
Telephone: (780) 431-5200
Fax: (780) 436-9416
Toll Free: 1-800-567-4988