Seven Christian universities with 500 or more full-time degree students
There are more than 40 Christian post-secondary institutions across Canada offering degrees, diplomas and certiﬁcates. Schools vary in size from a few dozen students to a few thousand, but taken together they are home to more than 17,000 students. In addition to religious and theological studies, these schools offer arts, science, business and pre-professional programs, as well as graduate degrees. Here we proﬁle seven schools that have 500 or more full-time degree students. Enrolment totals below include part-time students. Tuition is for the academic year 2021-22 and includes compulsory ancillary fees.
Denomination: Christian and Missionary Alliance and Church of the Nazarene Canada
Ambrose’s 16-hectare campus features a student residence, library, gymnasium and academic centre. It offers bachelor of arts degrees with majors including psychology, business, Christian studies, English literature, history and music. Ambrose also offers a bachelor of science in biology, a bachelor of business administration, a bachelor of education and several theological bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Denomination: Canadian Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren
CMU’s Shaftesbury campus offers five undergraduate degrees in science, business administration, music, music therapy and arts—the last-named offers 19 majors—and graduate degrees in theology, ministry, peace-building and collaborative development as well as an MBA. Programs offer interdisciplinary interaction and experiential learning, and the student-faculty ratio of 18 to 1 gives students a quality connection with their professors. CMU operates Menno Simons College, which specializes in international development and conflict resolution studies and is affiliated with the University of Winnipeg.
Crandall University’s campus offers modern classrooms, sports facilities and residence. Academic offerings include bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, education, business administration, kinesiology and theology, as well as three master’s programs. Education students who want to continue working have an option to take classes one day a week, on Saturdays. A gap year program offers opportunities to study abroad. Students can represent the Crandall Chargers on any of its nine sports teams.
King’s (not to be confused with King’s in London, Ont., or in Halifax) offers 16 majors, including environmental studies, interdisciplinary science and chemistry, as well as a variety of certificate, diploma and after-degree programs. Programs offer opportunities for undergraduate research, community engagement, internships and study abroad. King’s is home to the Leder School of Business, the Micah Centre for Social Justice and the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science. Eagles Athletics teams compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference in basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal and badminton.
Redeemer offers B.A. degrees in such areas as media, business and ministry; B.Sc. degrees with majors such as biochemistry and health; a bachelor of education; and a new bachelor of business administration. Most programs include experiential learning opportunities. Extracurriculars include theatre productions, a student senate and varsity athletics. The Charis Live and Learn Centre opened this year. It features classrooms on the lower level and 170 residence beds on the upper floors.
Located in the heart of B.C.’s Fraser Valley Bible belt, TWU is Canada’s biggest Christian school. It has a diverse student body: 50 per cent are from outside Canada. Class sizes are kept small, averaging around 25 students. TWU offers 48 undergraduate and 19 graduate or professional degree programs. Majors include business, leadership, nursing, education, computer science and a worship arts program. A Ph.D. in nursing launches this year. TWU athletics are a powerhouse, bringing home 12 national championships and 29 conference titles in the past two decades. Tuition is high, but 97 per cent of incoming students get financial aid.
Tyndale attracts students from around the world; they represent 60 different ethnic backgrounds. On offer are B.A. degrees in 17 subjects, including education and religious education degrees. Two new master’s programs launch this fall—in counselling and thanatology—as well as a bachelor of business administration. The school prizes hands-on experience: human services students take part in practicums while international development students complete internships overseas.
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