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Academic Year

Admission Application

Graduate Program Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA)

Open Studies

Mature Admission

Visiting Student Admission

M.Th. Qualifying Year Admission

Audit Students

Security Clearance Checks

Admission Decisions

Interrupted Study and Readmission

 

 

Academic Year

The academic year consists of a Fall Semester of approximately 15 weeks (September-December), a Winter Semester of approximately 15 weeks (January-April) and Intersession (May-June). Limited course offerings are available during Summer School (July).


 

Admission Application

Applications to NTC are accepted at any time during the academic year for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Faith Formation programs such as the C.C.S. program and the Enculturation Program for International Priests have unique admission deadlines- please see the relevant sections under each program in the Academic Calendar for further details. Application forms can be printed off from the website or picked up in the Student Services foyer on campus. Please see the individual admission document requirements for specific programs under the relevant section in this Academic Calendar. Please note all reference letters must have been written within the last six months.

If, at any time, it is discovered that a student has been admitted on the basis of falsified documents or information, then the admission will immediately be terminated and no future admissions allowed.

All applicants to NTC are given equal consideration. Possession of minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission to the college. Conversely, applications for admission that do not meet the minimum admission criteria may be considered by the Admissions and Evaluations Committee. NTC reserves the right to refuse admission or registration to any applicant. The Registrar will notify applicants of their acceptance.


Graduate Program Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA)

M.T.S. and M.Div. Programs

The AGPA is usually calculated on post-secondary course work completed in the most recent two terms of study if they contain a minimum of 24 credits of course work. If these two terms contain less than 24 credits of course work, all work in the next most recent term(s) is included in the calculation until a minimum of 24 credits of post-secondary course work is reached.

M.Th. Program

The requirements for admission to the M.Th. program are:
  • A M.Div. Degree from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (A.T.S.).
  • A probationary year of four Master’s level courses with a minimum average of 3.30 (77% or B+) for those candidates whose M.Div. or equivalent is not recognized by the A.T.S.
  • A grade point average of 3.30 (77% or B+) for the M.Div. degree subject to review of last the 24*.
  • A grade point average of 3.30 (77% or B+) is required on the M.T.S. program or qualifying year courses for admission to the M.Th. program subject to review of last the 24*.

NOTE: Language requirements may be met within the program, but applicants are encouraged to acquire language competency prior to admission. Reading competency is required in one modern and one classical language depending on one’s area of study.

Applicants presenting a two-year M.T.S. degree from an accredited A.T.S. institution must complete an additional 30 credits in graduate level courses before admission to the M.Th. Program will be considered. These additional courses will constitute a qualifying year and may not be counted for credit towards the M.Th. degree.

Open Studies

An Open Studies student is one who is permitted to take regular post-secondary credit courses, but who is not admitted to a program leading to a degree or diploma. Open Studies students registering for graduate level courses must hold a previous undergraduate degree.

Open Studies students are 18 years of age or older and take courses for professional development purposes, to upgrade in preparation for admission to a degree program, fill in missing requirements needed for graduate school or for personal enrichment. Applicants are advised that they must meet all pre-and co-requisites for individual courses unless prior permission is granted by the instructor. There are no admission criteria for Open Studies as it is not considered to be a program at NTC. Open Studies students may audit courses that are eligible for audit.

Open Studies students must complete an Application and Registration Form, which is available from Student Services and must submit official transcripts from all high schools and/or post-secondary institutions attended. Individuals interested in Open Studies may speak with the Registrar for further information.


Mature Admission

Students admitted to the M.Div. /M.R.E. programs without possessing an undergraduate degree. ATS regulations limit these admissions and there can be a waiting list for places. The Registrar should be contacted for such admissions.

Mature admission can be granted to applicants 30 years of age or older at the commencement of the session to which they are seeking admission, who do not fully meet entrance requirements. Applicants must complete a qualifying year of courses before admission to the program. All courses in the qualifying year can be transferred into the program upon mature admission. Only applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be considered for admission under this category. International students are not eligible for admission under this category. Acceptance under this category is always at the discretion of the Admissions and Evaluations Committee.

Mature student applicants must submit all official high school and post-secondary transcripts, regardless of the level reached. All applicants must satisfy our English Language Proficiency requirement before they will be considered for admission.



Visiting Student Admission

A Visiting Student is one who is admitted to NTC for the purpose of taking courses to transfer into a degree program at another recognized institution. New students should apply for Open Studies on their Application Form and select Visiting as their enrolment status & program of study.

Upon receipt of the completed form and a letter of permission from the home institution granting approval for all courses selected, the eligibility as a Visiting Student will be determined. Students should enclose a transcript showing the courses completed at their home institution along with their application. Visiting students are subject to NTC’s English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Academic Calendar.

Approval of the course selection will then be sought from the Admissions and Evaluations Committee. Visiting students may register in person, via mail or via fax with Student Services.

It is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript for their home institution upon completion of their studies at NTC.
NTC students who wish to be granted Visiting Student Status at another institution should discuss this first with their Faculty Advisor and then request a letter of permission from the Registrar. A course outline for the selected course(s) at another institution should be submitted to the Registrar for the Admissions and Evaluations Committee to review.


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M.Th. Qualifying Year Admission

A probationary year of four Master’s level courses with a minimum average of 3.30 (77% or B+) is required for those candidates whose M.Div. or equivalent is not recognized by the A.T.S.

Applicants presenting a two-year M.T.S. degree from an accredited A.T.S. institution must complete an additional 30 credits in graduate level courses before admission to the M.Th. program will be considered. These additional courses will constitute a qualifying year and may not be counted for credit towards the M.Th. degree.



Audit Students

Students may attend classes without seeking credit for a course. No additional fees are charged for audited classes and admission requirements for unclassified audit students are less stringent. Online courses cannot be audited.



Security Clearance Checks

Students in programs designated for ministry (B.Th. and M.Div. programs) are required to complete a Criminal Record Check (through the RCMP or City Police) before admission to the program and again prior to beginning a practicum.

It should be noted that the time to gain these items can vary greatly. We are aware that in some cases students have had to wait six to eight weeks for their clearance to arrive. To complete a Criminal Record Check, applicants should bring two pieces of government issued identification (e.g. Driver’s License, Birth Certificate) to any police or RCMP station, and complete their application. Note that there is often a charge for this service.


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Admission Decisions

Once an application has been submitted and all documents in support of the application are received, the Registrar will perform an initial evaluation and either:

  • refuse the application, or
  • forward a favourable admission recommendation to the Admissions and Evaluations Committee for further review and approval.

The Admissions and Evaluations Committee may recommend admission subject to a condition(s) being met (e.g., evidence of satisfactory completion of a specified degree).

All admissions are subject to approval by the Admissions and Evaluations Committee and official letters of admission are sent only by the Registrar on behalf of the Admissions and Evaluations Committee.

Applicants should be aware there is no formal appeal in admission matters, and the Admissions and Evaluations Committee do not have to entertain appeals regarding admission decisions. Offers of admission will be made as quickly as possible and continuously throughout the year for most programs and a Letter of Admission will be sent to successful applicants. Offers are usually conditional pending receipt of official transcripts reporting final grades for all courses and other admission documentation. Applicants must present the final official transcripts or the admission offer will be rescinded.



Interrupted Study and Readmission

Students who have interrupted their study at NTC for one academic year and have not maintained active status by paying the associated fee must re-apply for admission. Re-admission is $500.00 for all academic programs apart from the C.Th program. Students who have taken courses elsewhere since their last registration, must arrange to have official transcripts sent from the other institution(s) to the Registrar’s Office at NTC. The Annual Active Fee is assessed to M.T.S. and M.Th. students who have completed all course requirements and paid their thesis or project fees, but who have yet to “pass” their research paper, thesis or project. Failure to maintain registration status in this way results in a lapse of registration and requires the student to apply for readmission. The Annual Continuing Fee is assessed to students in all academic programs apart from the C.Th program who do not register for a course in any given academic year and wish to maintain program status. Failure to maintain registration status in this way results in a lapse of registration and requires the student to re-apply. Students seeking readmission may be required to meet new admission and program requirements.

Note of exemption: Seminarians on pastoral placement are exempt from any penalty.

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