Admissions

Whether you’re training for diaconal ministry, or just looking to develop your skills and analysis for faithful action, CCS is a great place to bring together your faith and the needs of the world.

If you would like to apply for admission to Learning on Purpose (CCS’s 2-week leadership development module), or to the 4-year Diaconal Ministry Program, or to the 1-year Certificate Program, follow this link to the Online Admissions form.  (Or if you prefer to send in your application by mail, download and print a the PDF Admissions form.)  [Tip: Read through the PDF version of the form before going to the online application so you can be prepared for the questions.]

Foreign applicants: Please note, students are responsible for their own tuition costs, travel expenses, accommodations and living expenses, and for arranging their own volunteer field placement site during a Theme Year. CCS does not have resources to assist with visa applications.

Supporting materials:

Besides the application form, there various supporting materials required, depending on the course of studies for you are applying.

Learning on Purpose leadership development module only:

  • Admissions form
  • 1 Learning on Purpose/LDM reference.  (A suitable reference might be someone who has known you for more than 5 years, someone who has supervised or taught you, a co-worker, a member of your congregation, or your minister. Please do not ask a member of your family to act as a reference.)  Direct your reference to the CCS Reference page and ask them to fill out an LDM reference.
  • $55.00 non-refundable admission fee (Note: This is the admission fee. You will be invoiced for the tuition once your application has been accepted.)  You can send your application fee by mail or call 204-783-4490 to pay by credit card.

Application Deadlines:

  • for June Learning on Purpose – May 1st May 15th deadline
  • for August Learning on Purpose – June 1st deadline

 

Both Learning on Purpose and Diaconal Training Program (or Certificate Program):

  • Admissions form

  • 1 Learning on Purpose reference and 2 Diaconal references.  (Suitable references might include someone who has known you for more than 5 years, someone who has supervised or taught you, a co-worker, a member of your congregation, or your minister. Please do not ask a member of your family to act as a reference.)  Direct your reference to the CCS Reference page and ask one of them to fill out an LoP reference and two of them to fill out Diaconal references.
  • a resume
  • academic transcripts
  • $150.00 non-refundable admission fee (Note: This is the admission fee. You will be invoiced for the tuition once your application has been accepted.) You can send your application fee by mail or call 204-783-4490 to pay by credit card.

Note: Although it is not required at the time of admission, if you are accepted into the Diaconal Ministry or Certificate Program you will also need to submit a vulnerable sectors Police Records Check before taking part in any field placement.

Application Deadlines:

  • for June Learning on Purpose – May 1st May 15th deadline
  • for August Learning on Purpose – June 1st deadline

 

Diaconal Ministry Program (or Certificate Program):

* A leadership development course (such as Learning on Purpose or the Leadership Development Module) is the prerequisite for a CCS Theme Year.  Applicants who took a leadership development course longer than 3 years ago, can seek permission from the Principal to apply for a Theme Year.

  • Admissions form
  • 2 Diaconal references.  (Suitable references might include someone who has known you for more than 5 years, someone who has supervised or taught you, a co-worker, a member of your congregation, or your minister. Please do not ask a member of your family to act as a reference.)  Direct your reference to the CCS Reference page and ask them to fill out a Diaconal reference.
  • a resume
  • academic transcripts
  • $95.00 non-refundable admission fee (Note: This is the admission fee. You will be invoiced for the tuition once your application has been accepted.) You can send your application fee by mail or call 204-783-4490 to pay by credit card.

Note: Although it is not required at the time of admission, if you are accepted into the Diaconal Ministry or Certificate Program you will also need to submit a vulnerable sectors Police Records Check before taking part in any field placement.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for the Diaconal Training Program is June 1.


How do you decide if I’m suitable for the CCS program?

Decisions about admissions are made by the Registrar in consultation with the Program Staff. For students applying for the Diaconal Training Program we take into consideration the recommendation of the Program Staff who facilitated the applicant’s LDM.

We like to know that applicants understand and can work within CCS’s learning model, which relies on group discussion, collaborative learning, and self-reflection. CCS programs also require a fair bit of post-secondary-level reading and writing, and so we like to know as well that applicants are prepared for that kind of rigor. We don’t require a post-secondary degree for admission, but if you haven’t done any university or college education we ask you to submit a writing sample so we can evaluate your ability to think critically and reflectively, organize ideas, and express yourself in writing.

In evaluating the applications and references, particularly for applicants to the full 4-year program, we use the following criteria (from the CCS Admissions Policy) as a guideline. These criteria are not absolute but indicate the areas in which applicants need to show openness, ability and potential.

 

Overseas Applicants?

CCS is a small school and does not provide financial assistance for tuition, travel, housing, meals, or visa applications to applicants from outside of Canada.