Admissions Requirements

If you are wondering what Briercrest College requires of our applicants, or if you would like further information about applying to any of our programs with specific admission requirements (including Applied Linguistics: TESOL, Kaléo, IMPRINT, Concurrent Education or Concurrent Psychology), please explore the topics below. If you would like to apply to Briercrest College, you can click here to find out what you need to do next!

General Admissions Requirements

Applicants wishing to be accepted into Briercrest College as a full-time or part-time student must:

  • have earned a high school diploma with a minimum average of 60 percent in four academic grade 12 courses, including at least one academic English course.
  • be a professing and practicing Christian.
  • commit to live by the standards set out the Briercrest College and Seminary (found here).

Mature Students

  • Students wishing to enrol at Briercrest College as a mature student must be 23 years of age or older. 
  • If a student does not have access to a high school transcript, he/she may submit a GED with a minimum score of 500, with no less than 450 in any of the five individual tests.

Re-entry Students

  • If you have graduated (or have completed your term of study), and have been out of the school for four or less semesters, and you wish to return to Briercrest College, you can return without going through Briercrest's Admissions department. 
  • However, you must contact Academic Services in order to re-enter. Academic Services can be contacted through email at, or you can call them toll free at 1-800-645-2275.
  • If a student wishes to return after 4 or more semesters since their last on-campus course, he/she should go here to fill out the online Form A. Once you have completed Form A, an Admissions Adiviser will contact you and inform you of the remaining steps.

Transfer Students

  • Transfer students are those students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours from another post-secondary institution. A formal transfer analysis must be completed by the Registrar's Office in order to determine the official number of transfer credits. Transfer students will be considered from any of the following programs:
    • Unaccredited Christian post-secondary schools (including YWAM and Capernwray programs)
    • Accredited Christian post-secondary institutions
    • Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
    • Universities

Québec Students:

Applicants from the province of Quebec must complete a minimum of 12 courses (excluding physical education) of CEGEP in addition to their regular high school courses in order to be eligible for admission.

CEGEP students who would like to have their courses considered for transfer credit must submit their official transcripts, an institutional calendar and a description of each of the courses that have been taken.  Up to a maximum of 30 credit hours from a two or three year program will be considered for transfer credit. No transfer credit will be given for students who complete only one year of CEGEP, or for the minimum 12 courses that are required for admission.

Conditional Acceptance

If a student applies to Briercrest College and does not meet the general admission requirements then the student may, in certain cases, be offered a conditional acceptance.

The conditions placed on a student offered a conditional acceptance will consist of the following:

  • the student will be allowed to register for a maximum of 4 courses in the first semester; one of the required courses will be ENG 100 Literature and Composition I.
  • the student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the first semester. Failure to maintain a GPA of 2.0 in the first semester will result in mandatory academic coaching and a corresponding $200 coaching fee.

In addition, conditionally accepted students are not eligble to recieve any scholarship or bursaries from Briercrest College. 

For all applications there may be circumstances that require additional information (i.e. educational assessments, references, etc) before an acceptance decision can be made. The Enrolment Services Office reserves the right to request further information at any point during the application process.

Program Specific Requirements

Several of Briercrest College's programs required additional applications steps. These include the Applied Linguistics: TESOL degree, Kaléo certificate, IMPRINT certficate and any of the Concurrent (Education, Social Work, Communication Disorders or Addictions Studies) degrees.  Please read the section below that is relevant to you:

Applied Linguistics: TESOL

In addition to the regular application process the applicant is required to successfully complete:

  • The Language Awareness Test (LAT)
  • The Applied Linguistics:TESOL application essay
  • An invertivew with the program coordinator of the Applied Linguistics: TESOL program.

This portion of the application will take place after the regular application process. Your admissions adviser will notify you when the program specific application can be started.

The Kaléo Program at Camp Qwanoes

In addition to the regular application process the applicant is required to successfully complete:

  • two character refrerences using this form
  • An invertivew with the program coordinator of the Kaléo Program.
  • Criminal Record Check (to be obtained after acceptance, if offered)

The interview will be conducted upon completion of the regular application process and both reference forms.

you can go here to find our more about the Kaléo program and what it has to offer Briercrest Students.

The IMPRINT Program at Muskoka Woods

In addition to the regular application process the applicant is required to successfully complete:

  • Form D 
  • An interview with the program coordinator of the IMPRINT program.

Concurrent Degree Program: Education

In addition to the regular application process the applicant is required to successfully complete:

  • A criminal record check
  • Minot State University application form (can be found here)

There will also be a second level of review for Education program applicants.  This review is performed by the program coordinator for the Education program.

For acceptance into the Education program a minimum grade of 70% is required in Grade 12 English.

Concurrent Degree Program: Social Work, Communication Disorders, Addictions Studies 

In addition to the regular application process the applicant is required to successfully complete:

  • A criminal record check
  • Minot State University application form (can be found here)

After these forms have been submitted the student's application will be reviewed by their admissions adviser and an application decision will be communicated to the applicant throught Enrolment Services office.

Early Admission

Early admission is offered to qualified high school students before final grades are available. It provides students with peace of mind and allows individuals to begin making final plans with the surety that a spot is waiting for them in a post-secondary institution as long as they fulfill the regualr admissions requirements upon graduation from Grade 12.


  • Students start the process by submitting their application for admission to Briercrest and their program of choice.
  • For students wishing to be considered for early admission, we asks that students provide their final grade 11 grades (and any completed grade 12 courses) along with a list of the grades obtained in those courses.
  • Students must also submit a list of their current courses that they are now registered in upon application.
  • Conditional offers of acceptance will be issued starting in September for the following fall intake.
  • Students must send final high school transcripts to Briercrest before July 31st for the fall intake to have the "conditional" removed from the admission offer.

Requirements for early admission:

  • Students applying for early admission must complete their high school diploma and all program pre-requisite courses.
  • Students must have a minimum 70% average in grade 11 to be considered for early admission.
  • Ultimately the student must fulfill all admission requirements as are in force at Briercrest at the time of enrolment.


International Applicants

International Students are those who:

  • Are neither citizens nor permanent residents of Canada must apply for and obtain a study permit if they wish to study in Canada.
  •  The following criteria are applicable for prospective students who fit this category and are requesting admission to Briercrest College and Seminary. 

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit an application portfolio (see above) 
  • International students must provide a $100 non-refundable application fee (payment must be made in Canadian funds). 

NOTE: We recommend that prospective international students submit their applications at least six months prior to beginning studies. The application package must be completed (including transcripts, financial guarantees, etc.) at least 60 days before the planned date of arrival to allow time for the student to receive visa application papers.

Financial Requirements (not applicable for U.S. students)

International students requiring a study permit to attend Briercrest College and Seminary will be considered for admission only if they can meet the requirements of a financial guarantee for themselves and all dependents that will be accompanying them to Canada. This will be done by depositing sufficient funds to cover tuition, living expenses, and other school fees for the student and family for the first year of studies in the applicant's Briercrest College and Seminary student account. This information is required for the student permit application.

NOTE: These amounts will be held on deposit at the college until they are needed for their intended purpose. Payment should be made in Canadian funds and is payable only by wire transfer, certified cheque, MasterCard, or VISA.

Academic Requirements

  • Students must submit official copies of transcripts from all previously attended: 
    • high schools 
    • language schools 
    • colleges and/or universities 
  • Where transcripts are in an original language other than French or English, certified English translations of the transcripts must also be provided.
  • Transcripts will be evaluated based on the academic requirements for students who are canadian citizens.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A letter of acceptance for the purpose of obtaining a study permit cannot be released until the application portfolio is complete and reviewed and sufficient funds have been deposited into the applicant's student account.

English Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must complete one of the following Standardized Tests, for a list of accepted results, please see the table below:

  • TOEFL (Institution Code: 9644)
  • CAEL

Test Name

Accepted Score



Test of English as a Foreign Language

Internet Based: 80
Minimum Category Scores:

Reading: 19
Speaking: 18
Writing: 18 

Paper Based: 550

Computer based: 213

CN 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 08541-6151
Tel: 609.771.7100

Briercrest Institution Code: 9644


International English Language Test System

Band Score: 6.5

The British Council, IELTS Enquiries
Medlock Street, Manchester, M15 4AA, United Kingdom
Tel: 0161.957.7755


Canadian Academic English Language Assessment

Minimum Score: 60

CAEL Assessment Office
228 Paterson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel: 613.520.2600 ext.2271


Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

Minimum Score: 85

English Language Institute
3020 North University Building
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 48109-1057
Tel: 313.764.2416

 Completion of an English competency test is not required if the applicant has: 

  • Completed Grades 11 and 12 English, in sequence, as part of two full academic years, in a high school using a provincially- or state-accredited Canadian or U.S. curriculum; OR
  • Achieved a grade of 80% or better in a Grade 12 provincially-examined English course, as part of one full term of study; OR
  • Completed at least three years of formal education in an approved English language school (mature and Adult 12 applicants only); OR
  • Successfully completed English as a Second Language (ESL) 050 or achieved a minimum average score of 55 on the ESL placement exam; OR
  • Successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in an approved English-language post-secondary institution, including at least 6 credit hours in humanities or social science subjects and with a grade point average of 60% (or equivalent).  

Examples of Academic Courses

The following course divisions are accepted as an academic course, Please take note that the following list is not exhaustive but only serves to give a general guideline for what is required.  Other courses will be when they are brought to the attentions of an applicants admissions adviser:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space)
  • Geography
  • History/Social Studies
  • Classical and International Languages (eg. Japanese, Greek, Spanish, etc.)
  • English
  • French
  • Social Sciences (Economics, Psychology)
  • Philosophy
  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • Business/Computer Science (Accounting, Management Systems, etc.)
  • Christian Ethics


Province Specific Course Requirements


Province Admissions Requirement

British Columbia (and Yukon)


Students must have a Dogwood Diploma (Yukon
Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with a
minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses,
including English 12 with a minimum
average of 60% overall.




Students must graduate with an Alberta High School
Diploma with a minimum of 4 academic grade 12
courses. One of the 4 classes must be English 30-1.
The 4 grade 12 classes must be completed with
a minimum average of 60% overall.




Students must have a Transcript of Secondary Level
Achievement with a minimum of 4 academic grade
12 courses, including English A30 and English B30
with a minimum average of 60% overall.




Students must have a High School Statement of Marks
with a minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses,
including English 40S with a minimum average of
60% overall.




Students must have an Ontario Secondary School
Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of 4 academic
grade 12 courses at the U or M level, including
ENG4U or ENG4C with a minimum average
of 60% overall.




Students must have a Secondary School Diploma and
at least one year of CEGEP completed with a minimum
average of 60% from CEGEP. Students who have
completed a two-year CEGEP program may be eligible
for transfer credit.


New Brunswick


Students must have a High School Diploma with a
minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses, including
English 12 with a minimum average of 60% overall.


Nova Scotia


Students must have a High School Graduation Diploma
with a minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses,
including English 12 with a minimum average of 60%




Students must have a High School Graduation Certificate
with a minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses,
including English 12 with a minimum average of 60%


Prince Edward Island


Students must have a High School Graduation Certificate
with a minimum of 4 academic grade 12 courses,
including English 12 with a minimum average of 60%


Northwest Territories


Students must have a Senior Secondary School
Graduation Diploma with a minimum of 4 academic
grade 12 courses, including English 12 with a
minimum average of 60% overall.


American Applicants

Along with all the general admissions requirements (see the above tab), Students must graduate from High School with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and your high school diploma must include the following:  

  • Four years of English Language Arts
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Two years of Social Science/Humanities (grade 12 included)
  • Two years of Science (grade 12 included)
  • Two years of additional academic courses- SAT Reasoning or ACT scores, with a minimum score of 1590 or 22. Tests are available online here:
    • SAT-
    • SAT scores must be mailed to: 

               Briercrest Admissions
               510 College Drive,
               Caronport, SK,
               S0H 0S0 

  • ACT-
  • Briercrest school code for ACT is 5206 

Home Schooled Applicants

Students who have been home schooled are eligible for admission with regular student status provided they supply written confirmation (e.g. a provincial transcript) that their grade twelve studies were duly registered with their province or state.

Home school students not registered with their province or state will be considered for admission on the basis of one or more of the following assessment tools:

  • A Home Based School Transcript with details of all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses taken
  • Independent third party examinations including nationally normed standardized achievement tests such as a minimum score of 1100 in the SAT I or a minimum average of 24 in the ACT
  • An educational portfolio including list of courses taken with grades, a statement of intention for the program of study selected, and exemplars of grade 12 course work.