Burman University

Burman University is an independent publicly funded university located in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. It is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system. By date of founding, it is the oldest university in Alberta. The school’s official mission statement is to educate learners to think with discernment, to believe with insight and commitment and to act with confidence, compassion, and competence. The university places emphasis on service in local and global communities.


Burman University is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association. The Province of Alberta, through the Minister of Advanced Education, grants Burman University the right to award degrees; programs offered at Burman University are approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council. Burman University is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.

Burman employs 35 full-time faculty, and 41 Ph.D. faculty overall. Burman’s students come from 37 countries, and Burman boasts a 13:1 student-to-professor ratio.

School of Education

Burman’s school of education is one of the oldest programs at Burman. Initially beginning as a four-year degree offered through Union College, Burman began awarding the Bachelor of Education under its own charter once approval was granted by the Province of Alberta in 2004. Burman currently awards the Bachelor of Education with majors in Elementary or Secondary education, with specializations in biology, business, English, mathematics, music, religious studies, and social studies; and additional minors in art, chemistry, French, physical education, and physical science, as well as minors in all of the previously named specializations. In 2017, 29% of Burman graduates received a Bachelor of Education degree, making the School of Education one of the largest programs at Burman. The school of education is currently led by Chloe Weir.

School of Business

Burman has a school of business which offers the Bachelor of Business Administration, with tracks in accounting, human resource management, international business, and management. Burman’s school of business also offers a three-year business degree as a Bachelor of Arts, without a speciality track; as well as a minor.

Other Programs

Burman’s other programs are divided into a Division of Arts and a Division of Science, which lead to various majors and minors for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. A few departments are notable enough to have their own chairs: these include Music (which offers a Bachelor of Music degree), English, Religious Studies, Biology, Psychology, Outward Pursuits, and Wellness; each of these departments offers a major in their field.