HOW DO I BECOME A STUDENT AT THE INSTITUTE FOR RELIGION, PEACE AND JUSTICE?
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN ON AN ONGOING BASIS
YOUR PILGRIMAGE INWARD TO BUILD PEACE OUTWARD BEGINS HERE
The Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice is accepting applications for our six-course, 8-month, online, university accredited undergraduate and graduate Certificate program! As an Institute of St. Stephen's University, IRPJ's programs and courses are accredited through a charter granted by the province of New Brunswick, Canada to offer bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts and ministry studies.
Options available include undergraduate or graduate, credit or audit, single courses or the entire Certificate. Students can also complete all courses online or replace one or two courses with a CSOP session and/or practicum depending on their preferences. And students can also apply their online Certificate to SSU's M.A., M.Min, or Diploma in Theology & Culture through our online Peace Studies Track.
The Certificate in Religion, Peace and Justice is open to anyone — from the thoughtful layperson and the peacebuilder in need of professional development or training to clergy who want to make peace and justice a more central part of their teaching program and the aspiring theologian and students who need a stepping stone to a full degree program, including SSU's M.A. or M.Min in Theology & Culture (online Peace Studies Track).
DON'T WORRY — IT'S EASY AND IS ENTIRELY FREE UP UNTIL THE TIME A STUDENT DECIDES DEFINITIVELY TO ENROL WITH US
1. APPLY ONLINE
The first step in our admissions process is submitting an online application. This process is entirely free and gives the IRPJ Admissions Committee all of the relevant information for us to discern if our program is the right one for you.
2. SEND TRANSCRIPTS
After submitting your application to us, you will receive an email requesting that your transcripts be sent to us. This allows us to determine if you are adequately academically prepared for our courses and programs.
3. GET ACCEPTED
If the Admissions Committee determines that you qualify for one of our programs, you will receive an email with an acceptance letter that we will also mail to you in hardcopy form. You're ready to begin your new pilgrimage with us!
4. CONFIRM YOUR SPOT
After you've received your acceptance letter from us and have decided definitively that you would like to enrol in the program into which you've been accepted, you will need to confirm your spot online with a $200 CAD deposit.
5. FEEL THE LOVE!
Now that you've completed all of the steps, you'll be given the attention of a full student — you'll be registered for your courses, get set up with your own email address, and be registered on Canvas LMS in anticipation of the year ahead!
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The institute for Religion, Peace and Justice believes that it is better to accept our graduate students on a case-by-case basis rather than setting inflexible entrance standards. This means that in addition to a prospective student's GPA and grades from their undergraduate degree, the IRPJ Admissions Committee takes into consideration experience, drive and motivation, maturity level, reasons for completing our Certificate, and many other intangible qualities.
That being said, IRPJ normally requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in a related discipline (broadly defined) that give the prospective student the tools to complete our coursework and flourish in our vibrant and growing learning community.
Prospective students therefore have a better chance of getting accepted into our program if they meet the following standards:
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE FROM AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY
TRANSCRIPTS THAT SHOW A MINIMUM 3.0 GPA (B), WITH A 3.3 GPA (B+) IN THE LAST TWO YEARS OF THE MAJOR
WHERE ENGLISH IS NOT THE STUDENT'S FIRST LANGUAGE, DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH BY SCORING 550 ON A PAPER-BASED TOEFL, 86 ON AN INTERNET-BASED TOEFL, OR 6.5 ON AN IELTS EXAM. ALTERNATE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTING MAY BE ACCEPTED BASED ON DEMONSTRATED EQUIVALENCY.
However, we welcome all inquiries and applicants from anyone interested in our Certificate program.
TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
The Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice offers a limited amount of financial aid for our students through the support of our generous donors and the Jim Forest Scholarship and Bursary Fund. These scholarships and bursaries are merit and needs based respectively and are distributed on a first come, first served basis, so it is important that prospective students apply early in the application process.
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
When we accept undergraduate students into the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice, we look for possibilities and motivation beyond your transcript. Our standard acceptance criterion is a 70% combined average of your university-prep Grade 12 courses. However, if your average is below this level, we will give you a chance to demonstrate to us why your experience at IRPJ might be more academically successful than your high school marks might suggest. This can be demonstrated in one or more of the following ways:
A REFERENCE FROM A TEACHER OR ACADEMIC SOURCE THAT WOULD ATTEST TO THE REASONABLE HOPE FOR YOUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE OUR CERTIFICATE COURSES
A WRITTEN EXPLANATION BY THE STUDENT OF WHY THEIR HIGH SCHOOL GRADES ARE LOW (E.G., FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES OR BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES), AND WHY THERE WOULD BE A GOOD EXPECTATION FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT IRPJ
A STATEMENT DESCRIBING A RELEVANT LEARNING DISABILITY INCLUDING A COPY OF A VALID ASSESSMENT OR PLANS TO OBTAIN ONE.
Depending on circumstances and grades, you may be accepted on the basis of setting up a plan for academic success. This typically includes partnership with an academic mentor to help ensure that everyone is prepared from the beginning to help you succeed in your transition to university studies.
As with our prospective graduate students, undergraduate students whose first language is not English must also demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring 550 on a paper-based TOEFL, 86 on an internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on an IELTS exam. Alternate language proficiency testing may be accepted based on demonstrated equivalency.