Choose Your Path

At Horizon we are guided by the conviction that Christ is continually calling leaders to advance God’s Kingdom. We recognize that Christian leadership takes different forms, and our programs follow different paths to prepare leaders called to different areas of Christian life and ministry.

Our programs follow two paths. One path leads you to professional, credentialed ministry. The other path aims to establish your personal Christian life, preparing you to lead for Christ whatever your vocation or context. Those who take our one-year Certificate program can join either program path, or it can serve as a stand-alone, unique experience.

Programs

Certificate in Christian Leadership (8 months*)

This program uses psychometric testing (e.g., Emotional Intelligence), formation in Christian worldview, biblical awareness, foundations in leadership, and essential life skills(e.g., time and screen management) to set students up for success in life, volunteer ministry, and future study at Horizon, university,or vocational college. This program also serves as the first full year of a multi-year program at Horizon.

Advanced Certificate in Ministry Leadership (16 months*)

Building on the 8-month Certificate, the Advanced Certificate broadens from focus on the individual to inform Christian awareness of church and world. It can serve toward Diploma and Degree programs at Horizon.

Advanced Certificate in Christian Studies (16 months*)

The Advanced Certificate in Christian Studies allows students to broaden from the 8-month Certificate with increased course electives to suit their interests.

Professional Ministries

Diploma in Pastoral Leadership (28 months*)

This classic program provides the minimal requirements for professional ministry in some denominations. It includes a 4-month internship.

B.A. Children's Ministry (20 months at Horizon* + ECE Diploma)

The Children's Ministry focus combines 20 months of Horizon's Pastoral Leadership program (includes 4-month internship) with a 2-year Early Childhood Education Diploma program from an approved institution (e.g., Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Red River College). Students graduate with both a B.A. from Horizon and a Diploma from an approved institution.Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to become a licensed Level III Early Childhood Educator – a necessary credential for directing a child care centre.

B.A. Entrepreneurial Ministry (28 months at Horizon* + Certificate in Entrepreneurship)

This program combines 28 months of Horizon's Ministry Leadership program (includes 4-month internship) and Edwards' 8-course Certificate in Entrepreneurship – launching in September 2019. Students graduate with both a B.A. from Horizon and a Certificate from Edwards.

For program course requirements, click here.

B.A. Youth Ministry (28 months at Horizon* + Youth Care Workers' Certificate)

The Youth Ministry focus combines 28 months of Horizon's Pastoral Leadership program (includes 4-month internship) with a 10-month Youth Care Worker’s Certificate or similar program from an approved institution (e.g., Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Red River College). Students graduate with both a B.A. from Horizon and a Certificate from an approved institution.

B.A. Media Ministry (28 months at Horizon* + Radio/TV Advanced Diploma)

This program combines 20 months of Horizon’s B.A. Ministry Leadership program (including 4-month internship), with WABC’s accelerated 8-month Radio/TV Advanced Diploma to prepare students for a media-related vocational ministry.

For program course requirements, click here.

B.A. Bi-Vocational Customizable Programming (3+1 and 2+2 options)

Horizon's 3+1, and 2+2 programming allows students to CUSTOMIZE their Christian studies or ministry preparation with approved training from a variety of educational institutions.

B.A./B.Th. Ministry Leadership (32 months*)

For those aiming to minister outside of a local Church, this program includes over 100 hours of ministry formation experience plus an additional 8-month internship to enable students to enter vocational ministry competent and prepared. Those wishing to graduate with the B.Th. designation must additionally complete two courses in biblical languages.

Program Course Requirements:
3+1 Option
2+2 Option

B.A./B.Th. Pastoral Leadership (32 months*)

Our standard for pastoral ministry training, this program includes over 100 hours of ministry formation experience plus an additional 8-month internship to enable students to enter pastoral ministry competent and prepared. Those wishing to graduate with the B.Th. designation must additionally complete two courses in biblical languages.

Christian Life

B.A. Christian & Business Studies (16 months at Horizon* + Certificate in Business)

This program combines 16 months of Horizon's Christian Studies program and Edwards' 8-course Certificate in Business – launching in September 2019. Students graduate with both a B.A. from Horizon and a Certificate from Edwards.

For program course requirements, click here.

B.A. Bi-Vocational Customizable Programming (2+1 option)

Horizon's 2+1 programming allows students to CUSTOMIZE their Christian studies or ministry preparation with approved training from a variety of educational institutions.

B.A. Christian Studies (24 months*)

This non-vocational program introduces necessary skills and knowledge to effectively live-out the Christian faith in the church and the world.

For program course requirements, click here.

B.A. Christian & Media Studies (21 or 24 months*)

This program combines 16 months of Horizon's Christian Studies program with either of WABC's Radio/TV Basic Diploma (5 months) or Advanced Diploma (8 months). Both Diplomas offer an optional 3-month internship. Students graduate with both a B.A. from Horizon and a Diploma from Western Academy Broadcasting College.

For program course requirements, click here.

*Month durations are estimated on average full-time completion rates of 10 courses per 8-month period. Actual completion rates vary based on individual student course loads.

What can I do with my Horizon Degree?

Many students choose to begin their education at Horizon and continue with further education in anything from engineering to nursing to carpentry. For those who choose to complete a full degree at Horizon, there are also many possible career paths.

Some graduates also choose to pursue further education at the graduate level in areas such as biblical studies, theology, ministry, counseling, or leadership.

Additionally, a Horizon education gives foundational skills in critical thinking, public speaking, writing, cultural awareness, and leadership, as well as prayer, scripture reading, and other spiritual disciplines to help guide you through life. These important skills can open the door to numerous career opportunities.

Career paths include:

  • Lead Pastors
  • Youth Pastors
  • Children's Pastors
  • Global Workers
  • Chaplain Work (e.g. Prison Ministry)
  • NGOs and Non-Profit Workers
  • Social Sector
  • Religious Education

For additional ideas on potential career paths see this helpful brochure and this document.

Horizon's Graduation Statistics

To find out more about Horizon's Graduation Statistics please CLICK HERE.