Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking for Pentecostal leadership training, we are here for you! Thank you for considering MCS!

Whether you are new to us or one of our alumni, we want to help you find answers to your questions about studying at MCS. Below you will find information on a variety of topics.

As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to assist you!

General Questions

MCS operates with a model of distributed learning, meaning that we do our best to bring quality Christian leadership education to you, wherever you’re at! You can attend MCS in multiple ways and in multiple locations:

  • MCS’s main administrative hub and campus is located at 2450 Milltower Ct, Mississauga. The campus is currently under construction, preparing to serve you well this fall! See our campus page.
  • Our Church Hubs have locations throughout Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes, and on the Canadian prairies. We are continuously finalizing new locations and have an ever-growing list of options! See our locations.
  • Online, wherever it suits you best! You can study by live-stream in real-time, or on-demand on your time!
MCS’s 6-week term system, frequent modules, and online options means you can begin studies at many times throughout the year. All our upcoming course schedules as well as the academic calendar for the year are listed on our student resource page.
Visit our campus page for information about our facility in Missisauga! MCS has a unique student community experience. Students are welcome to join classes on-campus or in one of our Church Hubs. Our online classes are a great alternative if you are unable to attend class on-campus. Learn more about studying from afar on our Distance Education page.

Being a college student at MCS has many benefits for your spiritual, emotional, and social health. MCS provides the opportunity to gather together in community for worship and other social events. College students who are taking two or more courses or are working towards graduating from a program of studies at MCS are expected to participate in the various meetings and events. Learn more on our student support page.

If you cannot attend class onsite or online due to illness, you will have an opportunity to catch up on your course later. Some course lectures are accessible via video-on-demand.

If you are unable to complete assignments on time due to COVID-19, we will adjust due dates as necessary without penalty. To acquire due date adjustments, you must communicate with your professor or the dean of the College.

Questions about our Institution

Master’s College and Seminary (MCS) is committed to the preparation of credentialed ministers and the training of laypeople for the Western Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes Districts of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. In providing this theological and biblical training, within a practical context, MCS is committed to the distinctive priorities of Pentecostal doctrines, experience, and practice at both the undergraduate and seminary levels.

Master’s College and Seminary (MCS) is approved by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador (PAONL) for the training of candidates for Christian ministry.

MCS operates under a charter provided by the government of Ontario to offer programs of ministerial training and to grant appropriate degrees.

Master’s College and Seminary is accredited by the COA of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (and/or the U.S. Department of Education).
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Successfully completed studies at MCS are recognized in full by colleges accredited by the ABHE and students completing baccalaureate degrees are accepted in graduate programs at seminaries. Several Canadian universities grant transfer of credit to their baccalaureate programs.

For additional information regarding graduate/seminary studies or the transferability of credits, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Questions about Academics

At this time all registration is completed through the Registrar’s office. Only accepted students can register for courses. The Registrar’s office will communicate registration information to all accepted students. If you are interested in taking courses but have not yet applied please visit our admissions pages:

An individual must be accepted as an auditor before registering to audit a course.

As an auditor, individuals do not complete the course work for academic credit but are expected to complete any required reading. As well, an auditor pays only a fraction of the course fees.

When a student desires to update an audit course to a course for credit, students have up to the end of the next semester to finish the course.

In consultation with the professor, auditors should complete recommended reading to be prepared for class discussions. Auditors are encouraged to order textbooks and complete reading for their own interest. Auditing students are expected to attend classes regularly and should notify the professor if they cannot attend a class.

Auditors can engage in classes in-person or by Zoom only. They are encouraged to engage with staff and other students and join in the class discussions.

If there is a limit on class size, priority will be given to students taking the course for credit. Auditors will be placed on a waiting list.

Students can audit up to 2 courses per year.

If you have not yet submitted the audit application, please email to request the link. Once we have received and approved your audit application you will be contacted to confirm your course registration.

Yes, you can! We are rebooting the way we do distance education. Instructors are reshaping courses so you can learn from home, using the internet to participate fully with other students – both on and off-campus – who are taking the same course at the same time. Distance Education courses are offered in a number of formats , including online (video content), directed-study (text based), and by using the internet to stream you into live courses being offered on-campus.

For more information see our Distance Education page.

We encourage students to work part-time while studying even full-time at MCS. Our term structure introduces a lot of flexibility (e.g., except during modules, there are no Friday classes).

CBE is an approach to education that requires students to demonstrate they’re actually competent in the knowledge and skills needed for real-life Christian leadership. There’s no “just passing”; you are actually prepared for Christian life and ministry.

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Many of our programs can be completed by distance education through a combination of live-stream, video on demand (VOD), recorded video and directed study. Some programs may still require on-campus attendance for portions of the program.

We work closely with students to help them chart a program completion path that works for their situation. This could include some on-campus modules or taking classes at another approved institution for transfer into an MCS program.

A module is a course that allows you to fit the classroom instruction portion of the course into just 5 days, typically Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Following the classroom portion, you have six weeks to complete assignments and coursework.

Modules are a great option if you have limited time to spend in the classroom!

MCS considers transfer credit from a variety of post-secondary institutions. Applicants desiring advanced standing at MCS on the basis of previous work must have official transcripts forwarded directly from the institution where the credits were earned. The Registrar will then determine if a course is comparable to a MCS course. Please see our Transfers page for more information.

Accommodations are fundamental to support students with disabilities. While our supports and resources have some limitations, MCS will work to give students with disabilities access and the opportunity to succeed academically.

Students are responsible to ensure that MCS is aware of their request for accommodations. Students must provide the professional diagnosis and recommendations as outlined in the Medical Questionnaire on our Student Support page. Note that student life and academic support is limited over the summer term.

Questions about Admissions

The requirements and admissions processes have slight differences depending if you are a new or returning student, a college student, open studies student, and/or an international student. You can find the information on the following pages:

You can find information on our college costs here.

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You can find tuition rates and how to pay them here .

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MCS may provide course completion via PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) for new college applicants. Suitability of PLAR for course completion is assessed on a case-by-case basis. More information about PLAR can be found here.
Yes! We have several college scholarships available. Visit the college tuition page for details.

Yes! Please contact our office, 1-800-295-6368 or, to set up a date and time.

Yes! MCS accepts homeschooled students.

For more information please see our Admissions Policies on what you need to do to apply.

Due to several recent changes at our institution, we are pausing international admissions for the 2024/2025 academic year. Please revisit our website in Fall 2024 for the possibility of applying for the 2025/2026 year. Our admissions requirements and further information can be viewed on our International Students page for future reference.

Students are encouraged to apply at least 3 weeks prior to the start of a term to ensure adequate time to process their application for acceptance, order textbooks and do any required pre-course work.

Exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Registrar’s office.

The International student application deadline for fall entrance is by March of the same year. The deadline for a winter start (in January) is by August.

Yes! MCS is a designated college under the Canada Student Loan Program. This qualifies students to apply for various sponsored loan programs as well as the national program. See our Financial Assistance section on our tuition page.

Thank you for considering MCS! We are committed to seeing God’s Kingdom advance through leaders like you and warmly welcome you to study with us!

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