Best Christian Universities and Colleges in Canada for Canadians & International Students
Whether you’re looking for a small, tight-knit school or a larger community, there’s a Christian university for you. With a variety of programs, degree types, and majors to choose from, as well as various enrichment opportunities from chapel to athletics, you’re sure to find somewhere where you feel right at home. In this article, we’ll explore Christian universities in Canada across six provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.
Christian Institutions in Alberta
Ambrose University is located in Calgary and welcomes students from a variety of denominations and backgrounds. The school offers many ways to deepen your spiritual calling, including twice-weekly chapel services, community groups, and campus-wide events such as the Deeper Life Conference. Depending on what you’d like to study, there are plenty of options to choose from. Fields of study include social sciences, business, education, ministry, and more.
School size: 920 students
Tuition: $15,689.50 (CAD) per year
Located in Lacombe, Burman University is the only Seventh-Day Adventist Christian university in Canada. The school is led by its core values, which include service, spirituality, community, and others, which are woven into the curriculum. With over 30 clubs and organizations to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new people. If you’re looking to live on campus, there are also three residence halls, dining halls, and campus events like BBQs.
School size: 479 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Tuition: $15,840 (CAD) per year
If you’re looking for challenging full canon coverage and exciting academic programs, Prairie College could be the school for you. Whether visiting the Prairie Aviation Training Centre or participating in the Outdoor Leadership Program, there are ways to further your relationship with God while also pursuing your passions. Over 28 programs are offered to students from a variety of backgrounds at this interdenominational university.
School size: 440+ students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
Tuition: $5,535 (CAD) per semester
The King's University
The King’s University has a student body of many different nationalities and a number of study-abroad opportunities, which is great for students seeking an international university experience. Whether it’s volunteering in Honduras, studying in Belize, or exploring the Pacific Rim and India, there are plenty of ways to further your education and faith while seeing the world.
The university also has excellent resources in place to prepare you for your post-graduate transition. The Community-Engaged Research (CER) program and Centre for Career and Calling are just two examples of support that you can rely on to help you find a path that’s right for you.
School size: 942 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Tuition: $7,223 (CAD) per term
Vanguard College is a small, tight-knit community of students and faculty dedicated to upholding the principles of Christianity, both in curriculum and service. You can choose from academic paths such as intercultural ministry, worship arts ministry, pastoral care & counseling, and more. The college also offers ways to deepen your faith through experiences like discipleships and the William David Spiritual Direction Centre.
School size: 250 students
Tuition: $260 (CAD) per credit hour
Christian Institutions in British Columbia
Columbia Bible College
Columbia Bible College has 12 accredited programs to choose from, whether you’re seeking a one-year certificate, two-year diploma, or four-year degree. The school is located in Abbotsford, a small town with access to churches, community organizations, and a West Coast setting that will leave you feeling right at home. From the Missional Life Committee to Student Council to the Arts Committee, there are a number of organizations that allow you to develop your faith and leadership skills.
School size: 419 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 21:1
Tuition: $375 (CAD) per credit hour
Trinity Western University
This university has three campuses and research initiatives where you can apply your faith and knowledge in a practical setting. Top majors at Trinity Western include business, psychology, human kinetics, biology (pre-med), and nursing, but there are five schools with a number of paths to choose from.
If you’re still unsure of the path you’d like to take or just need extra academic support, the Center for Calling & Career Development and Learning Commons are just a few of the resources available.
School size: 4,000 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
Tuition: $22,260 (CAD) per year
To learn more about Trinity Western University, visit page 178 in THE Guide.
Christian Institutions in Manitoba
Booth University College
Booth University College is founded upon the Salvation Army’s Wesleyan foundations. Amongst the school’s robust academic programs, students can get involved in worship services, Bible studies (both individual and group), and other opportunities to enrich their faith in a community-centered way.
Between the School of Business, School of Social Work, and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, there are a variety of academic programs to choose from. For students who are returning to their education, the School for Continuing Studies offers various certificates and degrees.
School size: 411 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Tuition: $8,880-$12,990 (CAD) per year
Canadian Mennonite University
From art shows to community conversations, Canadian Mennonite University is a school where there are events and activities to keep you constantly engaged. Degrees range from a Bachelor of Social Work to a Bachelor of Music Therapy, with over 19 majors offered in the Bachelor of Arts and five majors in the Bachelor of Business Administration. Graduate programs are also available, including a Master of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Theology & Ministry.
School size: 565 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
Tuition: $769 (CAD) per three-credit-hour course
Providence University College
This interdenominational evangelical Christian university is located just outside of Winnipeg. Providence University College boasts great academic programs in addition to numerous extracurriculars and activities. Some of the top majors include aviation, biology, business administration, health sciences, and psychology.
The school is a member of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference and NCCAA Division II school. Students can participate in athletic programs or get involved at the recreation and fitness center. For leadership and faith opportunities, students can join the student council, chapel, and Day of Prayer.
School size: 300 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
Tuition: $9,930 (CAD) per year
To learn more about Providence University College, visit page 176 in THE Guide.
Steinbach Bible College
As an evangelical, Anabaptist college, Steinbach Bible College cultivates a Christ-centered community of students looking to serve and lead others. One of the main highlights of this university is Pursuit, a four-month discipleship program, which students can extend to earn a certificate. Students can choose from programs that include biblical studies and ministry leadership, providing a comprehensive worldview and equipping them with the tools needed to succeed and serve.
School size: 172 students*
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1*
Tuition: $10,593 (CAD) per year
*Statistic from Encyclopedia.com
Christian Universities in New Brunswick
Crandall University, located in Moncton, New Brunswick, is a vibrant Christian university that offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can explore fields such as business, humanities, science, and education while also participating in chapel services, discipleship groups, and mission trips to deepen their spiritual development.
The top five most popular majors include education, psychology, business, biology, and kinesiology. The Chargers athletics program also allows students to participate in varsity sports, from boxing to basketball to cross country.
School size: 1,100 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Tuition: $9,200 (CAD) per year
To learn more about Crandall University, visit page 175 in THE Guide.
Whether you opt for an internship, community involvement in a local church, or chapel, you’ll find a way to get involved at Kingswood University. This Christian university is situated in Sussex, and there are undergraduate, graduate, and online degree options available. For students seeking full on-campus experiences, Kingswood University has four dorms available to consider.
School size: 300 students*
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1*
Tuition: $11,800 (CAD) per year
*Statistic from EduRank
Christian Universities in Ontario
Redeemer University offers 34 majors to prospective students, meaning you’re sure to find your calling and the right academic path for you. Top majors include social work, kinesiology, psychology, pre-medicine, and management.
Almost 90% of first-year students reside on campus, forming a tight-knit community. Plus, there are 30+ chapel services during the year and more than 20 clubs to explore, so you can connect with your school community and broaden your horizons no matter how you choose.
School size: 1,014 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Tuition: $9,800 (CAD) per year for domestic students, $17,682 for international students
To learn more about Redeemer University, visit page 177 in THE Guide.
More than 60 ethnicities make up Tyndale University, bringing together a diverse group of students, backgrounds, and perspectives. This university is located in Toronto, so when you’re not studying and making friends, you’ll never be bored off-campus. In the surrounding area, High Park, St. Lawrence Market, and the Art Gallery of Ontario are just a few things you can look forward to seeing and enjoying.
In terms of academics, there are a wide range of courses to choose from, all taught by professors who are experts in their fields. The university’s top majors are music, psychology, health and human services, biblical studies and theology, and business administration.
School size: 1,600 students
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
Tuition: $15,930 (CAD) per year
To learn more about Tyndale University, visit page 179 in THE Guide.
Christian Colleges in Saskatchewan
Briercrest College and Seminary
With over 60 denominations encompassed in the student body, Briercrest College and Seminary has a diverse population. It also has the largest church auditorium in the province. With a curriculum dedicated to providing a biblical worldview, no matter which program you choose - from philosophy to Christian ministry to music - faith is a priority at Briercrest. In terms of athletics, there are also opportunities to participate in sports like hockey, basketball, and volleyball.
School size: 425 students
Average class size: 19 students
Tuition: $1,215 (CAD) per three-credit-hour course
There are plenty of schools to consider in your search for the right Christian university in Canada. As a starting point, think about some of the opportunities you’d enjoy; are there specific programs, experiences, or athletics that you’re searching for? No matter what you opt for, choosing a Christian university is the best way to ensure that you’re in a supportive community where your beliefs are upheld all while getting an education to equip you for the future. If you need more information, be sure to access your free copy of THE Guide!