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Online Learning Experience

Each course is divided into 4 to 6 learning modules. Each module has assigned reading from a course text book that students purchase and from course notes that can be read online or downloaded to their computer. After completing the readings, there is an essay, discussion paper, or another type of assignment that the student writes independently and uploads to the professor through our confidential learning management software.

Assignments are due 2 to 3 weeks apart, according to a schedule that is set at the start of the course. They are graded within 5 business days and returned to the student by the professor. The grades are posted online for the student to track their progress. At the end of the course, the final grade is posted and course credit is awarded to the student.

Students are not required to do group projects, write exams, or participate in discussion forums. If students have questions about their course, the reading material or the assignments, they message their professor and will receive a response within a day.

What a Course Looks Like

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What are some of the benefits of studying online with Vanguard College Online?


Nearly all credible Bible colleges and universities in North America seek accreditation from the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). This sought-after accreditation ensures that programs and courses meet the stringent guidelines set by ABHE. ABHE has to be satisfied that our courses, programs, and instructors meet or exceed the quality of other members of ABHE. All relevant courses completed through Vanguard College Online are fully transferable to other ABHE schools.

Ministerial Credentials

Vanguard College is part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and our degree and diploma graduates meet the requirements for ministerial credentials after completing their programs. In addition, other denominations recognize almost all of our courses and may require their ministers to take just a few additional denomination-related courses.

Transfer of Credits

Related courses from accredited Bible colleges and secular colleges and universities may qualify for transfer credits. In addition, credits may be awarded for related life and ministry experiences.
Upon completion, students have the opportunity to study with any ATS or ABHE Graduate School or Seminary.

Students may contact the Registrar to inquire.

Student Finances

Vanguard College has several scholarships and awards which online students can access. In addition, all our certificate, diploma and degree programs qualify for student financing. Online students applying for the first time that enroll in full-time studies are eligible for Entering Student Scholarships. Returning students will be notified by the Vanguard Online Director if they qualify for a Returning Student Scholarship.

For information on Entering Student Scholarships click this link:  Scholarships & Bursaries

Achievement and Placement

Our online programs enjoy some of the highest successful completion rates in the distance learning field. On average, 91.2% of all courses were completed successfully.

Students who serve in their home community are often hired while studying or placed before they graduate.

Available Professors

Vanguard Online has a team of adjunct professors who are available to students one-to-one. Students do not study in isolation but have the support from their professors and the College. Each course has its own professor who is qualified in their areas with several of them currently serving in pastoral roles. This blend of academics and practice help ensure our instructors know their students and interact with them in a caring and compassionate way.

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How Much Are Courses?

Audiopaks (if required) - $15.75


Textbooks can be purchased from our online Bookstore using your Populi account.  Textbook estimates are not included.  Textbooks can range from $11-200 per course.  Shipping ranges from $15-$75 depending on region and timeline.


3 Credit Course:

Tuition Fees - $705
Course Fees - $75
TOTAL COST - $780 plus textbooks and shipping

1.5 Credit Course:

Tuition Fees - $352.50
Course Fees - $37.50
TOTAL COST - $390 plus textbooks and shipping

When Can I Start?

You can start on the 15th of any month. Your first course will be an Orientation to Online Learning course if you have never taken any online courses before and then you are get started on your regular courses. You must pass the Orientation course with a grade of 60% to continue. Please note that in order to allow processing time, you usually will need to be registered for a course by the 8th of the month in order to start on the 15th. The Orientation course is not covered by student loans.

Can I Take An Entire Diploma Degree Program Online?

Yes. Vanguard Online offers certificates, diplomas, and degrees that meet the credential requirements of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Can I Take Just One or Two Courses?

If you do not wish to study full-time you are advised to take one course at a time through Open Studies.

If you decide to start with open studies, you have the option to complete up to five courses before you will be asked to register in a certificate, diploma or degree.  Click HERE for the registration form.

Please Note:  Online students are required to take an Orientation to Online Learning course before starting their online studies.

How Hard Is The Work In An Online Course?

An online course has a different "feel" than a traditional college course. Many college courses ask you to read a textbook or two, write some papers and a few examinations and you are done. At Vanguard Online, we teach from an experiential learning model. You can expect to connect with content and then complete a number of smaller tasks and activities with the content throughout the course. Learning is progressive and builds upon previous learning with skill-based activities. You will need to do about 6-10 hours of work per week.

Where Do I Find The Required Textbooks?

Textbooks are available to purchase through Populi. If you already have a textbook, please notify the Registrar at the time of registration in a course.

Is There Financial Assistance To Study With Vanguard Online?

Vanguard College's online programs qualify through Vanguard College for Canada Student Loans. There are also limited bursaries and scholarships. For information on Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries, click HERE. You must be taking 7.5 credits in order to be eligible to apply. 

Is There Group Work, Forums, Or Live Classes I Have To Participate In?

No. Vanguard Online courses are designed so that the student can work independently and do not have to wait for other students to post in a forum or work on projects together. Student can work at the time of day and day of the week that works best for their schedule to complete their learning modules and assignments. Some courses have audio or video resources that can be viewed when the student is ready to see hear or see them.

What Kind Of An Internship Program Do You Offer For Students Studying Towards a Bachelor's Degree or Diploma?

How is Vanguard Online Different From a Correspondence School?

Can I Study With Vanguard Online If I Don't Have a Computer or Internet Access?

No. Our courses require the use of a computer and email. However, students can work on a chrome book, iPad or tablet. Students can also access their materials on their phone by downloading the Populi App.

Do I Need To Buy Any Special Software?

Will There Be a Final Examination?

No. There are no examinations in our online courses. We believe that practical activities are a better demonstration of a student's integration of learning into real-life situations. A few of our courses do have short quizzes to help students retain the material.