The Atlantic School of Theology (AST) is a Canadian ecumenical university which provides "graduate level theological education and research, and in formation for Christian ministries, lay and ordained, in church and society, primarily in Atlantic Canada". It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and its current enrollment is 170 students.

The current Dean is Jody Clarke and the current president is Eric B. Beresford.


Atlantic School of Theology Summer Distance Master of Divinity - Video presenting the Summer Distance Master of Divinity Program at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Atlantic School of Theology is an ecumenical university. The mission is to serve Christ’s mission, and to cultivate excellence in graduate-level theological education and research, creative and faithful formation for lay and ordained ministries, and understanding among communities of faith.


Engaging Youth in Social and Political Action, Atlantic School of ...

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) is a jointly sponsored research centre affiliated with the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University.


Ministry with Youth at Risk, Atlantic School of Theology

The Atlantic School of Theology was founded in 1971 and formally incorporated on June 28, 1974, by an Act of the Legislature of Nova Scotia. Atlantic School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

AST was formed in 1971 through a merger of the following institutions:

  • Faculty of Theology, University of King's College (Anglican Church of Canada)
  • Holy Heart Seminary (Roman Catholic Church)
  • Pine Hill Divinity Hall (United Church of Canada)

Theological Education has been delivered in the property in Halifax since 1878. AST occupies the former campus of Pine Hill Divinity Hall situated along the Northwest Arm on Franklyn Street.

The school received its provincial charter to grant degrees in 1974 from the government of Nova Scotia. In 2002, AST and nearby Saint Mary's University signed an agreement whereby the two institutions "will explore joint projects and economies."[1]

Degree programs

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AST, along with Acadia Divinity College and Queen's College, Newfoundland, are the only theological training institutions in Atlantic Canada. AST is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Its main programs are those leading to the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies.

AST also offers an Adult Education Certificate in Theological Studies and a Graduate Certificate Program in Theological Studies on campus or through the Internet. It offers a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and Theology, in collaboration with Saint Mary's University. The Atlantic School of Theology ecumenical program also prepares chaplains for service in the Canadian Forces.

Notable alumni/ae

Grad Projects-Summer Distance 2014, Atlantic School of Theology
  • Joseph-Aurèle Plourde - former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ottawa (Holy Heart Seminary)
  • Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

See also

  • Higher education in Nova Scotia
  • List of universities in Nova Scotia


  1. ^ "Full-time plus Part-time Enrollment" (PDF). Association of Atlantic Universities. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ History
  3. ^ a b AST Facts

Further reading

  • Carol Ann Goodine “Origins of Atlantic School of Theology” (Halifax NS: M.A thesis St. Mary’s University, 1993)

External links

  • Atlantic School of Theology - official website

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