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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
  • an integrative exam
  • a thesis
  • an integrative project
  • 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.


Exams and Papers (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

  • Meet with your concentration coordinator to arrange for a member of faculty to serve as your supervisor.
  • Complete the Comprehensive Exam/Paper Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor.
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or with a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term), to Reception and pay the tuition and fees. 

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 10, 2014: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Fall 2014.
  • February 13, 2015: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Winter 2015.

Upcoming exam dates

  • November 17–21 & December 1–5, 2014 for Fall Term.
  • March 30–April 10, 2015 for Winter Term.

The Academic Secretary 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

  • Meet with your concentration coordinator to arrange for a member of faculty to serve as your supervisor.
  • Complete the Comprehensive Exam/Paper Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor.
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or with a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term), to Reception and pay the tuition and fees. 

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 10, 2014: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Fall 2014.
  • February 13, 2015: deadline to register for a comprehensive exam/paper for Winter 2015.
Your submission deadline is the last day of the term in which you register. If that is a Winter term and you are planning to graduate at the end of that term, confer with your supervisor to see whether he or she needs you to submit by an earlier date in order to allow sufficient time for grading.

Integrative exam

The integrative examination is the final project for students in the Christian Studies track of the MA Theological Studies program. It is designed so that you can demonstrate an integrated Christian mind: a world-and-life-view that will structure your piety and practice. To this end, it emphasizes general frameworks of analysis the theologically based response.

Preparation

You prepare by reading a broad selection of material (normally between 3,000 and 4,000 pages) chosen by the Christian Studies coordinator.

What to expect

The examination will include questions arising from the readings. You have the choice of sitting for a three-hour exam or writing a one-week take-home exam. The take-home exam will require 3,500–3,800 words, must be written on a computer, and must be in proper Chicago Manual of Style format. The three-hour exam may be written on a computer. An oral exam, if required, will provide you an opportunity to amplify your responses and to explore issues more broadly.

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 integrative exam is B-.

How to register

  • Meet with the Christian Studies Coordinator.
  • Complete the Integrative Exam Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor.
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term) to Reception, and pay the tuition and fees.

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 10, 2014: deadline to register for an integrative exam for Fall 2014.
  • February 13, 2015: deadline to register for an integrative exam for Winter 2015.

Upcoming exam dates

  • November 17–21 & December 1–5, 2014 for Fall Term.
  • March 30–April 10, 2015 for Winter Term.

The Academic Secretary will notify you of the precise date and time of your 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 integrative exam in the term in which you register for it.


ThM Major Paper

As an option to writing a thesis in the ThM program, you may write a Major Paper. See program details on the Master of Theology program page.

What to expect


The ThM Major Paper is to be between 7,500 and 10,000 words in length.

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 major paper is B-.

How to register

  • Meet with a member of faculty to serve as your supervisor.
  • Complete the ThM Major Paper Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor.
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or with a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term), to Reception and pay the tuition and fees. 

Upcoming deadlines

  • October 10, 2014: deadline to register for a ThM major paper for Fall 2014.
  • February 13, 2015: deadline to register for a ThM major paper for Winter 2015.
Your submission deadline is the last day of the term in which you register. If that is a Winter term and you are planning to graduate at the end of that term, confer with your supervisor to see whether he or she needs you to submit by an earlier date in order to allow sufficient time for grading.


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.
  • Complete the Thesis Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor.
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or with a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term), to Reception and pay the tuition and fees. Do this either by the end of the term that the proposal is approved, or at the beginning 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 2014 September 3
October 8
November 5

September 17
October 22
November 19

Winter 2015 January 14
February 18
March 18

January 28
March 4
April 1

Upcoming deadlines

  • December 5, 2014: deadline to register for a thesis for Fall 2014.
  • January 31, 2015: deadline to submit your thesis to your supervisor for grading
  • January 31, 2015: deadline to apply for graduation without incurring a late fee. No applications will be accepted after March 15, 2015.

If you plan to graduate on April 30, 2015, note that you must submit two bound copies of your thesis to Reception by April 27. See the Thesis Guidelines for the binding procedure.

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 refund schedule for dropping a thesis 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 .
  • Complete an  IPIAT Registration Form and have it signed by your supervisor. 
  • Submit this form, together with a regular Course Registration form (or with a Course Change form if you have already registered for courses in the term), to Reception and pay the tuition and fees. Do this either in the term that your proposal is approved, or by the beginning of the following term.

Arts Advisory Committee Deadlines

Term Submission Deadline Committee Date
Fall 2014 September 18
November 27
October 2
December 11
Winter 2015 January 22
March 19

February 5
April 2

Upcoming deadlines


  • December 5, 2014: Deadline to register for an IPIAT for Fall 2014.
  • April 10, 2015: Deadline to register for an IPIAT for Winter 2015.

If you plan to graduate on April 30, 2015, you must present your IPIAT by these deadlines:

  • April 10, 2015: 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 27, 2015: 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 refund schedule for dropping an IPIAT here.


Integrative Project (6 credits)

The integrative project is an alternative final project available in MA in Theological Studies in the following concentrations: Marketplace Theology, Interdisciplinary Studies, World Christianity, and Applied Theology concentrations. It provides you an opportunity to complete your studies at Regent with a project that blends theological reflection with creative expression. It embodies the idea that Christian mission involves not only the witness of one’s life and the proclamation of faith but also the generation of cultural goods that in their truth, beauty, and goodness function as signs and foretastes of the kingdom of God.

The integrative project allows those with competence and experience in a given field to create and communicate something recognizably part of that field (e.g., a business presentation, a policy paper, a curriculum, a preaching series, a healthcare protocol, a mission project, an organizational strategy, a public speech, a financial product, a newspaper article, a non-fiction book, a training program, etc.) and to reflect on it theologically.

What to expect

You must communicate, in a manner appropriate to the subject matter, at a level that is excellent within the relevant field. This means the project must be at least potentially publishable, ready for presentation to clients, or investors, or the public, or an audience of professional peers. In addition to communicating the project in a final form, you must submit any additional explanatory material plus a critical essay of 20 to 30 pages engaging in theological and cultural reflection on the genre and the cultural and theological context in which the project is done. If you have not yet acquired significant competence or experience in your chosen field, you may elect to complete your degree at Regent with a different final project (e.g., a comprehensive exam or a thesis), or you may choose to improve your competence by taking courses in the subject elsewhere (e.g., through UBC), outside of your Regent program.

In order to do an integrative project, you must first be admitted to either the MA Theological Studies program, and you must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.3.

Read the Integrative Project Guidelines for more information.

Grading

The passing grade for the integrative project is B.

How to register

  • Read the Integrative Project Guidelines .
  • Approach a member of faculty to discuss the possibility of them supervising your project. As part of this discussion, you should share a recent copy of your transcript or grade report to show (i) what courses you have taken, (ii) that you have been admitted to the MA Theo Studies program, and (iii) that you have at least a 3.3 GPA.
  • Prepare a written proposal to be approved by your supervisor.
  • Submit an Integrative Project Registration Form , signed by your supervisor, to Reception together with a regular Course Registration Form or a Course Change Form to Reception. You will register for all 6 credits of the integrative project in one term. The tuition will be payable either by the Payment Deadline for the term (i.e., the Friday before the beginning of classes), or at the time of registration, whichever is later.

Completion timeline

Beginning from September 1 following the registration for the integrative project, 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 within the time limit
  • a schedule for how you plan to complete, together with a proposed date for completion
  • a letter of support from your supervisor

Extensions are by no means guaranteed.

You can find the refund schedule for dropping an integrative project here.