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final PROJECTs

All students in the MA Theo Studies and ThM programs must complete some type of final project in order to graduate.

MA Theo Studies students, depending on the concentration, have a choice of:
  • a comprehensive examination/paper
  • a thesis
  • an integrative project (available Winter Term 2014)
  • an integrative project in the arts and theology
ThM students have a choice of:
  • a thesis 
  • a major paper

MDiv students do not need to complete a final project. Instead, their program includes a supervised ministry component and additional course work.


Comprehensive Examination/Paper (3 credits)

Comprehensive exam

The comprehensive examination tests the breadth of your knowledge within a concentration. The exam includes a written component, and, if required by your examining professor, an oral component.

Preparation

You prepare by reading a representative selection of material (normally between 3,000 and 4,000 pages) chosen by your concentration coordinator.

What to expect

The written examination is normally three or four hours long, and focuses on specific questions taken from topics related to the reading list. The oral examination, if required, will be more general within the field of interest and will provide the opportunity to amplify what has been tested in the written examination. 

Grading

The final grade will be determined by your performance in the written, and if required, oral exam. The oral exam will not detract from the grade achieved in the written part, but may enhance it. The passing grade for the comprehensive exam is B-.

How to register

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 11, 2013: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Fall 2013.
  • February 14, 2014: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Winter 2014.

Upcoming exam dates

  • November 18–22 & December 2–6, 2013 for Fall Term.
  • March 31–April 11, 2014 for Winter Term.

The Registration Office will notify you of the precise date and time of your written exam shortly after the registration deadline stated above, but you will need to consult with your supervisor to arrange an oral exam if it is required.

You are required to take the comprehensive exam in the term in which you register for it.

Comprehensive paper

Upon special approval of your supervisor, the exam may take the form of a major paper. As this is an alternative within the comprehensive exam track, similar policies apply. You should be aware that this option will probably consume more time than the exam option.

Preparation

The paper will be based on the same reading list as the exam.

What to expect

The paper should be approximately 10,000 words (40 pages) and should demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of all the material on the reading list.

Grading

The faculty supervisor will select a second reader for the paper. Each of them will grade the paper and together, they may conduct an oral exam that will cover both the paper and the reading. The final grade will be determined by your performance in both the paper and the oral exam. The oral exam will not detract from the grade achieved in the paper, but may enhance it. The passing grade for a comprehensive paper is B-.

How to register

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 11, 2013: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Fall 2013.
  • February 14, 2014: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Winter 2014.


Thesis (12 credits)

The thesis is a substantial piece of independent research on a specific, focused subject, involving both critical analysis and theological reflection. 

What to expect

The thesis is normally between 30,000 and 45,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding the bibliography). The thesis requires considerable vigour and time; few students are able to complete a thesis in one term. It is ideal for students whose specific area of interest is highly defined. You must have a GPA of at least 3.5 before being approved to write a thesis.


Grading

The final grade will be determined by the supervisor and the second reader, chosen by the Thesis Proposal Approval Committee. The passing grade for an MA or ThM thesis is B; however, the ThM thesis will be graded at an advanced level (i.e. it will be more difficult to get a B on the ThM thesis than an MA thesis).

How to register

  • Register for and attend the non-credit Thesis Orientation Seminar GENR 301 offered each Fall and Winter term (mandatory for MA Theo Studies students; optional but recommended for ThM students).
  • Consult the Thesis Guidelines .
  • Approach a member of faculty to serve as your thesis supervisor. The College will endeavour to facilitate thesis supervision in the area of choice; however, admission to the program does not guarantee this.
  • Submit a thesis proposal to the Thesis Proposal Approval Committee (see deadlines below). The Committee may accept the proposal as it stands, reject the proposal, or make recommendations for revision.
  • Submit the Thesis Registration Form , signed by your supervisor, either by the end of the term that the proposal is approved, or by the thesis registration deadline of the subsequent term.

Registration for the thesis may be done in the Fall, Winter, or Summer Term, and may be split over two consecutive terms. If the thesis registration is split over two terms, you do not need to submit a registration form for the final 6 credits; you will automatically be registered and charged for the credits at the beginning of the subsequent term (including Summer), and you must pay the fees by the tuition payment due date of that term.

Thesis Proposal Approval Committee Deadlines

Term Submission Deadline Committee Date
Fall 2013 September 5
October 10
November 7

September 19
October 24
November 21

Winter 2014 January 16
February 20
March 20

January 30
March 6
April 3

Upcoming deadlines

  • December 6, 2013: deadline to register for a thesis for Fall 2013.
  • January 31, 2014: deadline to submit your thesis to your supervisor for grading
  • January 31, 2014: deadline to apply for graduation without incurring a late fee. No applications will be accepted after March 15, 2014.

If you plan to graduate on May 2, 2014, you must complete your thesis by these dates:

  • March 21, 2014: submit your thesis to the Registrar's Office for proofreading.
  • April 28, 2014: submit the final copy of your thesis to the Registrar's Office for binding.

Completion timeline

Beginning from September 1 following the registration of the thesis, you have a maximum of three years to complete the thesis. If you do not complete within three years, you must appeal in writing to the Academic Standards Committee for permission to continue. Your appeal must include:

  • a description of the progress you have made
  • an explanation of why you did not complete your thesis
  • a proposed date for completion
  • a letter of support from your supervisor

Extensions are by no means guaranteed.

You can find the refunds for withdrawal from a thesis or IPIAT schedule here.


Integrative Project in the Arts and Theology (IPIAT) (6 or 12 credits)

The integrative project in the arts and theology (IPIAT) provides an opportunity for students who have experience in the arts to create and present an original work of art (e.g., a novel, paintings, the writing and performance of music or a play) and to reflect on it theologically. This option is offered solely to students completing a concentration in Christianity and the Arts, and may be taken for either 6 or 12 credit hours depending on the size of the project.

What to expect

In addition to presenting an original work of art, you will complete a critical essay of 20 to 30 pages engaging in theological and aesthetic reflection on the medium and tradition in which the integrative project in the arts and theology is done. The IPIAT is primarily intended for people who have already achieved significant competency in their chosen art field. You will need to present a portfolio of work for adjudication as part of the proposal process. The level of completed work is expected to be publishable, acceptable for juried exhibit, or ready for performance. If you are at a more exploratory stage with regard to your chosen medium or genre, you may be required to take some courses through UBC, or art schools or community colleges outside your Regent program. You must have a GPA of at least 3.3 before being approved to do an IPIAT.

Grading

The passing grade for the integrative project in the arts and theology is B.

How to register

  • Register for and attend the non-credit IPIAT Orientation GENR 313 offered every Fall and Winter Term.
  • Take INDS 560 The Christian Imagination, normally offered in the Winter Term.
  • Take INDS 785 The Vocation of the Artist seminar, normally offered in the Fall Term. As a prerequisisite for the seminar, you need to present a portfolio of your work and a cv showing other relevant training, performance, or publishing in that art form, to one of the seminar instructors to obtain permission to take the course.
  • Approach a member of faculty to supervise your project. While the College will endeavour to facilitate supervision in the area and art form of your choosing, admission to the MA Theo Studies program does not guarantee this.
  • Submit a proposal to the Arts Advisory Committee (see deadlines below). The Committee may accept the proposal as it stands, reject the proposal, or make recommendations for revision.
  • Read the IPIAT Guidelines .
  • Register for the IPIAT using the IPIAT Registration Form , either by the end of the term that the proposal is approved, or by the registration deadline of the subsequent term.

Arts Advisory Committee Deadlines

Term Submission Deadline Committee Date
Fall 2013 September 25
November 6
October 9
November 20
Winter 2014 January 23
March 13

February 6
March 27

Upcoming deadlines


  • December 6, 2013: Deadline to register for an IPIAT for Fall 2013.
  • April 11, 2014: Deadline to register for an IPIAT for Winter 2014.

If you plan to graduate on May 2, 2014, you must present your IPIAT by these deadlines:

  • April 11, 2014: Deadline for public presentation of IPIAT. The paper must be submitted to the supervisor and second reader for grading ten days prior to the public presentation.
  • April 28, 2014: Final copy of paper and record of IPIAT presentation submitted to the Arts Administrator, complete with title page and IPIAT Checklist .

Completion timeline

Beginning from September 1 following the registration for the IPIAT, you have a maximum of three years to complete your project. If you do not complete within three years, you must appeal in writing to the Academic Standards Committee for permission to continue. Your appeal must include:

  • a description of the progress you have made
  • an explanation of why you did not complete your project
  • a proposed date for completion
  • a letter of support from your supervisor

Extensions are by no means guaranteed.

You can find the refunds for withdrawal from a thesis or IPIAT schedule here.