Redeemer offers a variety of certificate programs, including a Certificate in Foundational Studies, Certificate in General Studies, Certificate in Liberal Arts, and an Advanced Certificate in Foundational Studies. All of these programs are available to full-time and part-time students. Redeemer also offers courses by occasional study.

Occasional Studies

An occasional student is someone who takes one course per term but is not admitted to a degree program and does not have a university degree. To apply, download the Occasional Studies Application Form (.pdf) and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

To be considered for this status, you must have fulfilled the requirements for mature student admission or be a secondary school graduate who gives evidence of the potential to complete undergraduate university courses successfully. You may apply courses taken by occasional study to the degree program if you decide to pursue part-time or full-time studies.

A student who is in the last or next to last term of secondary school may also be considered for this status, provided that he or she has an 80% average or above in advanced level or Grade 12 U courses, the permission of the principal, and he or she is not using the course(s) for the completion of secondary school requirements.

Students may take up to 10 courses as an occasional student. After 10 courses, students must apply to the degree program to continue studies.

Auditing Privileges

Occasional students may participate in one or more courses as auditors and fees for auditing will be charged as outlined in the Academic Calendar. An auditor is expected to attend all classes and may submit papers and take tests. However, it is expected that an auditor will learn mainly by listening. When a course is audited, it appears on the student’s transcript with “AU” recorded in place of the grade.

One-Year Certificate Programs

Admission and Completion Requirements

To be considered for admission to a certificate program (not including the Advanced Certificate in Foundational Studies), a student must satisfy the admission requirements for the degree program. Students in the program may pursue full-time or part-time studies. In order to receive the certificate, a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 (C-) is required. A student is eligible to receive only one certificate.

The Advanced Certificate in Foundational Studies is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are interested in studying foundational issues of scholarship in light of the gospel. To be considered for admission to the Advanced Certificate in Foundational Studies, a student must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 (C-).

Certificate in General Studies (10 courses)

  • All of the following courses: Religion 101Philosophy 121History 105 or 109
  • Seven elective courses from at least two different disciplines
  • Normally all courses will be completed at the 100-level. Upper-level courses may be substituted with permission of the Registrar and the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee.

Certificate in Liberal Arts (10 courses)

Certificate in Foundational Studies (10 courses)

Advanced Certificate in Foundational Studies (10 courses)

Youth Ministry Certificate Program

At this time, there is insufficient enrolment to offer the Youth Ministry Certificate Program. However, the university is committed to offering two youth ministry courses during the summer for purposes of professional development or degree completion, pending sufficient enrolment. Persons who are interested in exploring the areas of youth ministry are invited to contact the Registrar’s Office by email or phone for more information.

For those persons currently registered in the Youth Ministry Certificate Program, we encourage them to complete the requirements as soon as possible. Changes to the undergraduate program in youth ministry may mean that some of the courses in the certificate program will no longer be offered.