Financial Aid

The generosity of donors over time has made it possible for Acadia Divinity College to offer significant scholarship and financial assistance to its full-time Canadian and international degree candidates.

  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
  • Financial assistance is awarded based on demonstrated financial need.

All funds are applied to the student’s account and will be considered part of the financial assistance received.

For more information on our financial aid, or to view the complete list of funds established by generous supports of the College, please refer to our Academic Calendar.

ADC Entrance Scholarships

For Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Theology Students

In order to be considered for an Entrance Scholarship, it is recommended that an applicant send their ‘Application for Admission’ by May 1.  Scholarships for entering students will be awarded as follows:

  • Entrance scholarships will be offered, first-come, first served, at the Master’s level to those entering students with a high Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), normally a minimum of 3.50.
  • The scholarship applicant must be enrolled in a full-time program (at least 24 credit hours in a 12-month period).
  • The scholarship amount for entering students will be determined on a year-to-year basis.
  • Once the basic degree program requirements are complete, the student will no longer be eligible to receive a scholarship.
  • Those students who complete one degree at Acadia Divinity College and apply for entrance to another degree will be eligible to receive a scholarship if their CGPA while at Acadia Divinity College was at least 3.50.



  • If the recipient’s CGPA falls below the minimum 3.50, the scholarship could cease and may not be re-instated.
  • If the recipient drops to part-time status during their program, the scholarship will cease and will not be reinstated.
  • Recipients of scholarships are not eligible for financial assistance.

All scholarships are applied to the student’s account and will be considered part of the financial assistance received.

Financial Assistance

Acadia Divinity College is committed to providing financial assistance for all of our students.

Financial assistance forms become available in April. These forms will be mailed to incoming students in an orientation package sent out in the spring or summer. Students offered admission should read carefully all materials and return the financial form if they wish to apply for assistance.

We encourage all students (incoming and returning) who wish to apply for financial aid to apply by August 16. Late applicants will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Available monies will be assigned and students notified of financial assistance beginning in early August.

Priority in determining financial assistance is:

  1. Master of Divinity (including the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies)
  2. Bachelor of Theology (including the Certificate in Christian Studies)
  3. Master of Arts
  4. Certificate of Ministerial Studies


Financial assistance may be forfeited due to poor academic performance or if courses are dropped, thus changing a student’s status to part-time. The student’s account will be adjusted accordingly.

Emergency financial assistance may be requested at any time. Such assistance is subject to funds available.

All funds are applied to the student’s account and will be considered part of the financial assistance received.

Cora Gray and Madeline Sampson Bursary (AUBA)

This bursary was established by a generous gift from the estate of Rev. MacPherson Eaton. The bursary is named in recognition of Deacons Cora Gray and Madeline Sampson who were choice servants of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Windsor Plains United Baptist Church. To be awarded to a student (or students) who is part of an African United Baptist Association (AUBA) church or identify as African Nova Scotian, and who demonstrates financial need.

To apply for bursary, please download the application form on the right.

External Awards

There are many scholarships and bursaries available from external sources that can help finance your education. Below is a list to financial assistance made available from partner groups. Applications must be made directly to each organization. Financial aid is sometimes available from individual churches and associations; ask your home church and association for information regarding possible sources.

Acadia University is also committed to helping you find and apply for scholarships and awards by generous donors. For more information, please visit:

The African United Baptist Association grants an annual bursary of up to $1,000 to students who are members of churches associated with the African United Baptist Association and are enrolled in a course of study at Acadia Divinity College leading to ordination in a member church of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Applications must be made annually to the Association Clerk prior to July 15.

Any student of Acadia Divinity College who has been accepted by the Board of Ministerial Standards and Education of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada as a candidate for ordained ministry, is in the process of completing his or her educational requirements at ADC (full-time or part-time), and who has demonstrated capacity for ministerial leadership, shall be eligible to apply and receive consideration for financial assistance from the Preparing Future Pastors Fund of the CBAC.

The Get Together Club of Brunswick Street Baptist Church of Fredericton, New Brunswick, provides an annual scholarship of $500 to honour the memory of Rev. Richard E. Burpee, Canada’s first Protestant Missionary, who was a member of Brunswick Street Church. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a Missionary Candidate or who is a child of a missionary. Applications, giving pertinent data relating to the background and career plans of the applicant, must be sent by July 31 to: Get Together Club, Brunswick Street Baptist Church, The Richard Burpee Memorial Scholarship, 225 Massey Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 2Z5.

An annual scholarship of $1,000 is available to a deserving young man who was brought up in Kings County, New Brunswick and who is studying to be a Baptist minister. Application for the scholarship should be made to Ruth Keith Bursary, First National Bank and Trust Newtown, 34 South Slate St., Newtown, Pennsylvania, 18940.

The Lunenburg-Queens United Baptist Association grants an annual bursary of $250 to a student who is a member of a church within that Association who is enrolled in a degree program at a recognized theological institution and who is preparing for the Christian Ministry. Application forms are available from the Association Clerk or Acadia Divinity College.

The Northwestern Association Scholarship supports students from Northwestern Association Baptist Churches, New Brunswick, who are studying at Acadia Divinity College or Crandall University. Applications are available in January each year at, and are due by March 1st of each year.

Canadian Baptist Ministries, in conjunction with our denominational seminaries, is pleased to offer the Global Discipleship scholarship – Praxis. This scholarship program is available upon application to a select group of Canadian Baptist Ministries-affiliated students enrolled within an accredited theological school and pursuing a graduate seminary studies at a master’s or doctoral level.

The scholarship, estimated at $5,000, provides the opportunity for accepted participants to engage in missiological reflection on a significant issue related to Gospel and Culture in a global context. Each year, Praxis engages in a cross-cultural mission experience within a cohort learning environment for four to six participants. Past scholarship trips included Kenya, Lebanon, Bolivia, India, and Cuba.

First Baptist Church, Saskatoon grants a bursary of up to $800 to a student who is preparing for Christian ministry in churches affiliated with Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Applications are available from Bursary Trustees, First Baptist Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 2M4.

A bursary in the amount of $800 (if only one application) or $500 each (if two students apply) is available for first-year studies at Acadia Divinity College. The applicant must be either an active member or active adherent of a church in the Shelburne United Baptist Association. Please apply in writing to: The Clerk of the Shelburne United Baptist Association, 1468 Highway #330, RR#1 Clark’s Harbour, Nova Scotia B0W 1P0.

Income from a trust fund established by the United Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union (UBWMU) in 1923‑28 and 1952-57. To provide financial assistance in the amount up to $4,000 annually. Upon the recommendation of the UBWMU, bursaries are awarded first to women preparing for overseas service with Canadian Baptist Ministries or to missionaries on home assignment who wish to pursue further studies at Acadia Divinity College; then to women enrolled in any Acadia Divinity College degree program.

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The Douglas A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually, on recommendation from the Acadia Divinity College, to a needy full-time student in a master’s program in a theological discipline who shows character, promise of leadership, a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5, and the desire to pursue a vocation in Christian ministry. Applications can be received from Acadia Divinity College.

  • Wilkinson Trust Fund fund helps PEI students who intend to use their studies for the ministry.  This fund is administered by the PEI Baptist Association. To download the application, please Click Here.

Student Employment Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships

The Teaching Assistant program at Acadia Divinity College is designed to provide an opportunity for full-time faculty members to mentor graduate students in the task of theological teaching and scholarly research.

Teaching Assistants receive a stipend of $1,500, which is deposited directly into their student account, half in December and half in March. Students are expected to work an average of six hours per week during the fall and winter semesters (between the beginning of classes and the last day grades are due) and are required to submit a time log, signed by the professor, to the Academic Dean at the end of each semester.

View currently available Teaching Assistantships.

College Assistantships

Canadian and international students are welcome to apply for this College Assistantship at the Divinity College. These positions run for the entire academic year and provide students income to help finance their education.

College Assistantships are advertised in June for the coming academic year.

View currently available College Assistantships.

Summer Employment

Acadia Divinity College employs students for various positions through government employment programs like the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

View currently available Summer Employment positions.

On-Campus Employment

In addition to employment at the College, students may wish to apply for a student job elsewhere on campus such as the dining hall, residences, or in the library.

For more information on these opportunities, contact Career Services at


Acadia Divinity College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.