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Applications: A step-by-step guide

STEP 1: Choose a program of study
STEP 2: Learn about admission requirements
STEP 3: Submit your application
STEP 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application
STEP 5: Assessment of your application
STEP 6: Accept your offer of admission
STEP 7: Choose your courses

N.B. Registration for the Master's Program in Counselling and Spirituality - individual, couples or spiritual care is now closed. Please apply for September 2016.

STEP 1: CHOOSE A PROGRAM OF STUDY
 

 

STEP 2: LEARN ABOUT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate studies

Second-Entry Program

Graduate studies

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES   

Ontario applicants

From secondary school
Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with at least six 4U or 4M level courses, including one 4U level course in English or français.

From Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)

  • After one year of studies
    You are eligible if you have completed one year of a college program and have obtained the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with one language course (English or français) at the college or 4U level.
  • After a two- or three-year program
    If you have completed a two- or three-year college program, you can obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing (transfer credits).

Our transfer agreements
Saint Paul University has developed a number of transfer agreements with colleges, allowing applicants to receive up to 30 equivalency credits. Find out more by consulting the tab entitled College Credit Transfer.

Quebec applicants

From secondary school
Have a Secondary School Diploma with an average of 84%, including one course in English or français at the Secondary V level.

From Cégep
Have completed 12 courses of general studies (not including physical education and refresher courses), including English (603) or français (601). Applicants who have successfully completed 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 15 credits of advanced standing, and those who have successfully completed more than 12 courses of general studies may obtain up to 30 credits of advanced standing.

Applicants from the Atlantic and western provinces

Have a Secondary School Diploma, including one course in English or français at the Grade 12 level.

From International Baccalaureate

Have an International Baccalaureate with at least 3 Higher Level and 3 Standard Level examinations with a minimal score of 24 points without the bonus points. Advanced standing can be granted for Higher Level exams with a score of 5 or above. Each HL course equals 6 credits in advanced standing.

With AP Courses

Have a Secondary School Diploma. Candidates who successfully completed Advanced Placement Examinations with a minimal score of 4 are entitled to receive advanced standing. Final official results from the College Board are required. 

Applicants from other universities

Applications from other Canadian or international universities will be assessed based on the applicant’s previous secondary and post-secondary studies. University equivalency credits may be granted depending on the studies completed and the program into which the person is admitted.

International applicants

Have a diploma attesting to 12 years of education equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Persons who have completed a secondary diploma attesting to 13 years of education, such as the Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire français, can receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing. 

Mature applicants

When the applicant’s academic record does not meet normal conditions for admission, it is possible to apply as a mature applicant, provided that the person has not been enrolled in full-time studies for at least two consecutive years. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have experience that can be considered sufficient preparation for pursuing undergraduate studies.

SECOND-ENTRY PROGRAMS  

Applicants for a Second-Entry Program
Second-entry graduate program requires a B.A. or its equivalent with an average of at least 70% (B) for admission but no prior theological training. Certain programs have specific admission criteria. Read the specific requirements in the Admissions tab in Programs of Study.

GRADUATE STUDIES  

Applicants for a graduate diploma
Have an Honour’s B.A. (4 years) or equivalent with an average of at least 70% (B). Certain programs have specific admission criteria. Read the specific requirements in the Admissions tab in Programs of Study.

Applicants for master’s programs
Have an Honour’s B.A. (4 years) or equivalent with an average of at least 70% (B). Certain programs have specific admission criteria. Read the specific requirements in the Admissions tab in Programs of Study.

 Applicants for doctoral programs
Have a master’s degree (with thesis or research paper) with an average of at least 75% (B+). Certain programs have specific admission criteria. Read the specific requirements in the Admissions tab in Programs of Study.

 

STEP 3: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

You have two options.

OPTION 1  

If you are applying for admission to an undergraduate program at more than one Ontario university, including Saint Paul University:

Apply through OUAC

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because Saint Paul University is federated with the University of Ottawa, you will find programs offered by Saint Paul University listed under the University of Ottawa. Click here for more information.

OPTION 2  

If you are applying for an undergraduate program at Saint Paul University only, or if you are applying for a master’s or doctoral program:

  • Complete the following form.

 Apply Now

IMPORTANT NOTE: The application fees are non-refundable.

 

STEP 4: GATHER THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES   

In order for us to assess your application, you must submit official transcripts for all of your previous studies (secondary, college and university). These transcripts must be sent directly from your academic institution to the following address:

Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4
CANADA

However, to expedite the assessment process for your application, you can scan your documents and e-mail them to the Office of Admissions at admission@ustpaul.ca and then send your official documents through the mail.

SECOND-ENTRY PROGRAMS  

Second-entry graduate program requires a B.A. or its equivalent for admission but no prior theological training.

With your application, you must send us official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Transcripts are considered official only if they come in a sealed envelope. If a transcript is written in a language other than English or French, a certified translation (signed and sealed) must also be submitted.

Programs       Additional documents required

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

  • Evidence of suitability for pastoral leadership attested through a letter of recommendation and pre-admission interview;
  • Evidence of ability to succeed in a post-baccalaureate program of study, attested in a letter of reference from a professor familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Anglican Studies

  • Evidence of suitability for pastoral leadership attested through a letter of recommendation and pre-admission interview;
  • Evidence of ability to succeed in a post-baccalaureate program of study, attested in a letter of reference from a professor familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Eastern Christian Studies

  • Evidence of suitability for pastoral leadership attested through a letter of recommendation and pre-admission interview;
  • Evidence of ability to succeed in a post-baccalaureate program of study, attested in a letter of reference from a professor familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.

Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

  • Evidence of ability to succeed in a post-baccalaureate program of study attested through two academic letters of reference from professors familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.

 

GRADUATE STUDIES  

With your application, you must send us official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Transcripts are considered official only if they come in a sealed envelope. If a transcript is written in a language other than English or French, a certified translation (signed and sealed) must also be submitted.

Also, depending on the program you are applying to, you must submit supplementary documents. To learn about the specifics for admission to a program, please click on the level of studies for which you are applying.

N.B. Enrolment is limited at the graduate level. In order to increase your chances of being admitted, we strongly recommend you submit your application and all supporting documents before March 1st.

Graduate Diplomas 

Programs       Additional documents required

Canon Law

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • A letter of permission from your bishop (if member of the secular clergy) or superior (if member of Institute of Consecrated Life or apostolic society) – no letter required for laypersons;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).

Canonical Practice

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • A letter of permission from your bishop (if member of the secular clergy) or superior (if member of Institute of Consecrated Life or apostolic society) – no letter required for laypersons;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).

Contemplative Theology and Spiritual Mentorship

N.B. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED IN ENGLISH THIS YEAR. IT IS TO BE OFFERED IN ENGLISH FOR THE 2016–2017 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Couple Counselling and Spirituality

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: At least one academic reference required. The other letter can come from a professional source;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé);
  • Proof of 120 client contact hours.

Ecclesiastical Administration

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • A letter of permission from your bishop (if member of the secular clergy) or superior (if member of Institute of Consecrated Life or apostolic society) – no letter required for laypersons;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).

Ethics and Religious Beliefs
in the Media

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a university professor;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).

Public Ethics

 

Master’s programs

Programs       Additional documents required
Canon Law
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • A letter of permission from your bishop (if member of the secular clergy) or superior (if member of Institute of Consecrated Life or apostolic society) – no letter required for laypersons;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).
Conflict Studies
Counselling and Spirituality
  • At the end of your first year, a criminal record check will be required for the hospital practicum. (Spiritual Care concentration only)
Public Ethics
Religious Education
(in English only)
Theology

 

Doctoral programs 

Programs      Additional documents required

Canon Law

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in the context of your previous university studies and of your master’s in Canon Law, as dean, chair, professor or supervisor;
  • A letter of permission from your bishop (if member of the secular clergy) or superior (if member of Institute of Consecrated Life or apostolic society) – no letter required for laypersons;
  • A curriculum vitae highlighting, if applicable, your previous experience in the area of canon law;
  • A statement of purpose indicating the interests, career goals, research focus and other factors relevant to the proposed research area;
  • An electronic copy of your Master's/Licentiate thesis.

Conflict Studies

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. A minimum of two  letters must be from academics. This can include adjunct, part-time or retired professors;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé);
  • Letter of intent that explains the following:
    • Interest in doing a Ph.D.
    • Why are you interested in this multi-disciplinary program?
    • Academic studies and relevant experience
    • Bilingual capabilities in English and French;
  • Identification of at least one professor in the program whose research interests correspond to yours;
  • A two-page draft of the research topic, and the relationship with one or more of the four themes of the program: ethnic, religious, moral and/or social justice dimensions of conflicts.

Counselling and Spirituality

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: One clinical recommendation required. The other letter needs to come from a university professor capable of evaluating your work;
  • Proof of at least 120 hours of supervised direct, face-to-face contact with clients;
  • A statement of purpose indicating the interests, career goals, research focus and other factors relevant to the proposed research area;
  • Identification of two possible supervisors, in order of preference, who are professors in the program and members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the University of Ottawa;
  • A curriculum vitae (resumé).

Ministry

Theology

Documents should be sent to the following address: 

Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4
CANADA

 

STEP 5: ASSESSMENT OF YOUR APPLICATION

Once the Office of Admissions receives all the required documents, it will begin to assess your application. One of the following decisions will be sent to you at the e-mail address you gave us, as well as to your postal address.

Possible decisions

  • Offer of admission
    The Office of Admissions will send you an offer of admission (unconditional).  
  • Conditional offer of admission
    The Office of Admissions will make you a conditional offer of admission, with specific conditions that you must meet by a certain deadline. You can still proceed to registration (course selection).
  • Deferred decision
    The Office of Admissions can inform you that some information is missing and therefore the University is unable to make a decision regarding your eligibility. If applicable, the Office will tell you which documents to send and by what date.
  • Refusal
    The Office of Admissions will inform you of the reasons for the refusal.

 

STEP 6: ACCEPT YOUR OFFER OF ADMISSION

To accept an offer of admission and a scholarship offer, if applicable, you must sign the form entitled Admission Acceptance Form that accompanies your offer of admission and send it to Saint Paul University by e-mail, before the deadline, to admission@ustpaul.ca or mail it to:

Saint Paul University
Office of Admissions and Student Services
223 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1C4
CANADA

 

STEP 7: CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

With your offer of admission, you will receive all the information you will need to choose your courses. You will also receive the contact information for our academic advisors; you can meet with them one on one or during information sessions for guidance and to help you finalize your course selection.