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.
Here are the two documents needed.
1. The Taylor Seminary Financial Aid Application Form for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 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 2016 Fall Term and the 2017 Winter Term is June 15, 2016.
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 $1,500 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 $1000 are available to full-time 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 Scholarship
Scholarships are available to full-time 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.
Madeline Buckles Pape Memorial ScholarshipScholarship
Two scholarships of $1000 are available to full-time students, who demonstrate financial need.
Richter Memorial Scholarship
A bursary of $500 is available to full-time or half-time students who demonstrate financial need.
Taylor Seminary General Scholarships
Scholarships of $500 are available for full-time or half-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 Taylor seminary student from an Alberta Baptist Association (ABA) church located in the southern half of Alberta (Red Deer and south). If there is no eligible student who meets these criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to a full-time seminary student from any ABA church. In the event that there are no applicants, who meet the above criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to any full-time seminary student.
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 full-time or half-time seminary student who demonstrate 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 full-time program student in financial need. Preference will be given to a student who will be going into inter-cultural ministry and who is a member of an NAB church.
Donna Jensen Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to fulltime seminary students who demonstrates financial need, attend seminary as a career change later in life, or to a minister taking advanced training after a time in the community.
Edmonton Korean Church of Sending Bursary
A bursary of $1000 is available to a full-time 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 demonstrate financial need and are intending to enter full time church-related ministry.
Fred Leverette Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to full-time or half-time students who demonstrate 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 full-time or half-time students who demonstrate financial need.
Intercultural Pastoral Studies Bursary
A bursary of $800 is available to full-time or half-time students training to be a pastor of an ethnic church within the NAB Conference and who demonstrate financial need.
A bursary of $800 is available to a full-time 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 full-time seminary students, 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 full-time Master of Divinity students, who have good Christian deportment, and who demonstrate financial need.
Lillian and Gerald Sass Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to full-time MDiv students who plans to become an NAB pastor or missionary and demonstrate 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 full-time or half-time students from a Manitoba Baptist Association church who demonstrate financial need. If there are no eligible students, 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 full-time seminary pastoral students who are members of an NAB church and demonstrate financial need.
Sigmund Berthold Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to a a full-time or half-time students, who is not in the first year of their program, have an above average GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Taylor Seminary General Bursaries
Bursaries of $500 are available for full-time or half-time students who demonstrate financial need.
William Patzia Memorial Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to full-time or half-time students working towards the pastoral ministry, who are members of an NAB church and demonstrate financial need.
Women’s Ministries of the Manitoba Baptist Association Bursary
A bursary of $500 is available to female students from the Manitoba Baptist Association enrolled either full-time or half-time. If there are no eligible candidates, it will be available to female students from Manitoba. If there are no eligible candidates, then it will be available to female students.
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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