Frequently Asked Questions

What is Competency-Based Education (CBE)?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is identified as a 2014 top trend in higher education by both Forbes and The Atlantic. CBE is a model of education that:

  • begins where a student ends, directing all learning to achieve that end
  • ensures students possess actual competencies and not just pass classes
  • accommodates learners of various ages, learning styles, and academic ability.

Horizon offers a DISTINCT model of Christian leadership training:

Top-quality graduates who demonstrate our core leadership competencies and who go on to serve in ministry positions, professional or volunteer.

Top-quality faculty who demonstrate expertise in their primary areas of instruction by living out and displaying academic, pastoral, and administrative proficiency.

Innovative programming that emphasizes student- versus instructor-centred teaching, and applied versus abstract learning.


How do I register for courses?
To register for courses, you will need to contact the Assistant Registrar via email ( or phone (306) 374-6655.
How do I withdraw or change a course?

1.    Course Changes

a.    Students may change courses within the first week of classes. Following the first week, students must officially withdraw from the course before the withdrawal date or they will receive a Not Yet Meeting Competency designation on their transcript.
b.    To Withdraw or Change a course a student must fill out the Course Change Form found by the student mailboxes.

2.    Withdrawal from Courses

a.    Modules: Before the second day of classes
b.    Weekend Courses: Within the week following the first weekend of classes
c.    Term A: September 29, 2016
d.    Term B: November 17, 2016
e.    Term C: February 2, 2017
f.     Term D: March 29, 2017

Why do I need a copy of my Program Sheet?
Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress during their program. Retaining your Program Sheet is the most effective way to track your progress and ensure you meet all requirements for graduation.
Where do I find my grades or competency levels online?

Students can find their grades under the student tab on their Populi account. Populi is our course management system. If your Populi account is locked you will need to inquire with the Business Manager (

Our competency-based education course management system is currently under development, therefore, students will need to contact their Professors for their competency levels.

How do I request a transcript?
To request a transcript you will need to fill out the transcript request form, pay the $10.00 fee, and email the form to the Assistant Registrar (
How do I know if I am close to graduating?
Students can check their progress by tracking their course grades and requirements on their Program Sheet, which they can obtain from the Assistant Registrar. Another approach is to make an appointment with the Dean of Students or Assistant Registrar.
How do I request a course extension?

All assignments must be submitted on the last day of a term. Instructors cannot grant extensions beyond the last day of a term without a Course Extension Request Form. *Note that graduating students must have ALL course work submitted by the last day of classes prior to graduation.

Once a term has ended, a student can apply for a course extension by filling out the Course Extension Request form and submitting the form and payment to the office. A course extension fee will apply.  Students have up to 1 month after the end of the course to apply for an extension. Extensions will begin the day after the last day of term. Students can apply for up to three one-month course extensions. Receiving course extensions may limit a student’s ability to register for new courses. A course extension gives students more time to either:

1) complete unfinished course assignments, or

2) be reassessed on assignments in order to meet course competency requirements. Students who receive course extensions will receive a course designation of “incomplete” until competency assessments are complete.

If a student has completed all of their assignments before the end of the course, but they have not yet met competency, they will receive a one-week grace period to meet the competency.  This applies only to:

i.     assignments that were submitted during the last week of class, or

ii.     assignments that were not marked or returned to students until after the end of the course.


Which courses transfer to the University of Saskatchewan?

You can find the transferable courses on the U of S website HERE. NOTE: The number of courses transferable to the U of S will vary depending upon which U of S program you take and how many Arts and Humanities electives are available in your program. Most Horizon courses transfer as Arts and Humanities courses. Horizon courses also transfer to other universities but must be assessed by that university on a course-by-course basis.

University of Saskatchewan Transfer Courses Include:

Intro to The Old Testament

Intro to The New Testament

History of the Christian Era

History of Christian Thought

Reason and Christian Belief

English Literature I

English Literature II

Synoptic Gospels

Film & Faith in Global Perspectives

Do you offer online or distance education?
Yes, we do! For more information please see our Alternative Education page.