Our programs include a full seminary curriculum, with courses in the four classic areas of divinity: Bible, Theology, History, and Pastoral Studies. The core curriculum consists of thirty courses and is designed to meet general requirements for Christian ordination and ministry (as determined by the student’s bishop, presbytery, or denominational board).

Courses are offered throughout the year, with two regular semesters, and two “short terms” provided. Specifically, each academic year is comprised of a Fall semester (September to December), a January term (a regular semester course compressed into a shorter period), a Winter semester (late-January to April), and a May term (a regular semester course compressed into a shorter period).

Semester courses are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays in Ottawa. January/May term courses are generally offered all day, Monday to Friday. Generally, full time studies are considered to be three or four courses per regular semester, and one or two courses per January/May term. A full time student may therefore expect to complete 10 courses per academic year. The student should check with his or her church or denominational authority (bishop, presbytery, or ordination board) to make sure that the Ryle curriculum meets their requirements.

You can find a full course outline here.

Certificate in Christian Studies

The Certificate in Christian Studies is particularly suited to part-time students who wish to audit courses of interest. The certificate is granted by Ryle Seminary.

Requirement: Any six courses (audit or credit), with at least one course in Bible, Theology, History, and Pastoral Studies areas.

Licentiate in Divinity

The Licentiate in Divinity is a diploma program that is comprised of the full thirty course core curriculum, including languages and internship requirements. It is granted by Ryle Seminary.

Requirements: Thirty courses, and pass the English Bible Exam (written), and Doctrine Exam (oral).

Diploma in Christian Studies

The Diploma in Christian Studies is a ten-course program, and may be completed in one academic year. The diploma is granted by Ryle Seminary.

Requirement: Any ten courses (credit), with at least two courses in Bible, Theology, History, and Pastoral Studies areas.

Licentiate in Christian Studies

The Licentiate in Christian Studies is a diploma program consisting of twenty courses. These are identical to the core curriculum courses, but with no language, internship and preaching courses required. It is granted Ryle Seminary.

Requirements: Twenty courses, and pass the English Bible Exam (written), and Doctrine Exam (oral).

Seminary Training

Traditionally, seminary training has been required for individuals seeking ordained ministry in the church.  Denominations have varying standards for ordination, and it is up to students to verify with their bishop/presbytery/board what program of study is acceptable.  The primary role of Ryle is to educate students for effective Christian ministry, whether pastor, missionary, church planter, or lay leader.

Chapel

Chapel services are conducted throughout the semester on Wednesday afternoons during the term.  They are open to students and visitors alike.

Transfer Credit

Students with master’s level credits may apply for advanced standing for the Divinity and Christian Studies programs at Ryle. Students wishing to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree may apply for transfer of Ryle credit to accredited institutions.

Auditors

Any course may be audited, without any formal application or acceptance into any program. Auditors attend lectures, engage in classroom discussions, but do not need to turn in assignments.