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Program Requirements and Policies

The course requirements for each program can be found in our Graduate Programs section.

Information on admission to programs is on the Admission Requirements page.

If you have any questions about your program, we recommend that you meet with the Academic Advisor.

You can access the program change here.

Program requirement and concentration worksheets

These worksheets will help you track your progress as you complete your degree.

For the MA in Leadership, Theology & Society there is no worksheet as the program contains a set number and order of courses. 

For the MA in Theological Studies you will want to use the worksheet for the specific concentration you have chosen.

Scripture Concentrations

Christian History & Theology Concentrations

Christianity, Church & Culture Concentrations

Residency requirement

Some aspects of the educational experience offered by Regent College are available only when students share in the community at the Vancouver campus. For this reason, we require our students to complete a set number of credits “in residence,” meaning on campus:

GradDipCS 12 credits
MA Christian Studies 21 credits
MA Theo Studies 30 credits
MALTS 24 credits
MDiv 42 credits
ThM 18 credits

Residency is defined as study pursued on the Vancouver campus in Fall, Winter, or Summer term. Courses taken online do not fulfill the residency requirement. However, you can complete approximately one-half of your program by Online Courses. See the Limits on Courses Taken Through Online Courses below.

If you intend both to transfer credits from another institution and to take courses online, we advise you to plan carefully to ensure that you meet the residency requirement.

Degree limitations on courses taken online

Regent College places a high priority on face-to-face education. At the same time, it recognizes the need to make a limited amount of courses accessible online for students. The credit limit for online courses within each program is generally one half of the total program credits. These limits are as follows:

GradDipCS 12 credits
MA Christian Studies 21 credits
MA Theo Studies 30 credits
MALTS 0 credits
MDiv 39 credits
ThM 6 credits

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, classes taken online from March 2020 to the end of April 2023 are not counted towards a student's online credit total.

Time limits for completion of programs

You are expected to satisfy all program requirements in effect at the time you were accepted into a program. If you exceed the program time limits noted below, you must appeal in writing to the Academic Standards Committee to complete your program. You may be required by the Committee to take additional courses, particularly if the program has been modified since you were admitted. The maximum time limits for each program are:

  • GradDipCS: no time limit
  • MA Christian Studies: 5 years
  • MA Theological Studies: 6 years
  • MALTS: 2 years
  • MDiv: 8 years
  • ThM: 5 years

We encourage you to complete your degree requirements while resident in Vancouver. Note that some required courses are offered only during Fall and Winter terms.

MALTS students will normally complete their program within 2 years. Under exceptional circumstances, students admitted to a MALTS cohort may appeal to transfer to a later cohort.

Leave of Absence Policy

If you experience an interruption in your program, you may apply for a Leave of Absence for a maximum of 150 days. An approved Leave of Absence pauses your time to completion. If you are an international student on a study permit, it also allows Regent to report your status as on "Authorized Leave". A Leave of Absence is subject to the following conditions:

  • Applicants must fill out a Leave of Absence request form, which is subject to the approval of the Registrar.
  • According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, a Leave of Absence can only be granted for a maximum of 150 days
  • A Leave of Absence is granted only once per program.
  • Reasons for a Leave of Absence include, but are not limited to, parental leave, medical leave, family emergency, compassionate leave, or financial difficulty.
  • An approved Leave of Absence for reasons of parental leave, medical leave, or a family emergency will allow a student to defer financial aid (when applicable) for up to one academic year. A leave granted for another reason, or if it is extended for a second year, will require a separate appeal to the Financial Aid Committee for a deferral.
  • You may return to classes during your leave, thus ending it earlier than planned. If you do not return at the end of your granted leave time, you will be considered inactive in your program.

Combining & Relinquishing Degrees

If you wish to complete two master’s degrees in theology, you will be subject to certain restrictions on how many credit hours may be shared between the two degrees. In principle, you may share 50% of the credits of the shorter degree with the longer one. For example, in order to complete both an MA Theo Studies and an MDiv degree, you are allowed to have a maximum of 30 credit hours in common between the two; thus, you must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours for the two degrees. The sharing of credits does not apply to the ThM program which requires a minimum of 24 credit hours beyond an MDiv or an MA Theo Studies. We discourage you from attempting to complete two degree programs concurrently.

If you have graduated from a Regent College program and you wish to pursue another program at Regent College, you are permitted to relinquish your degree. In this case, you would be eligible to apply all of the credits from your first degree to a subsequent program, provided those credits satisfy the requirements of the second program. So, for example, if you graduated with the MA in Christian Studies degree, and later decided you would like to pursue either the MA in Theological Studies degree or the MDiv degree, you would be permitted to relinquish your MACS degree so that you could (potentially) apply all 42 credit hours towards the new program. In order to relinquish your degree, you must do the following:

  • be admitted to another program at Regent College,
  • write a letter to the Registrar requesting that you be withdrawn as a graduate from the program, and
  • return your original graduation certificate to Regent College.
A comment will appear on your academic transcript indicating that you have relinquished a degree.

Concentration changes

You can request a change in concentrations by emailing your request to [email protected].

Program Changes

If you would like to change programs, complete the Program Change Form below.

If you are currently in the MA Theo Studies or MDiv program at Regent and wish to apply to the ThM program, you must submit the following:

  1. an internal ThM Program Application (internal)
  2. a sample research paper
  3. a $25 ($20 US) application fee
  4. a ThM Reference Form completed by two faculty members (forwarded to the Admissions Office).

If you are currently in the GradDipCS, MA Theo Studies, MDiv, or ThM program, and would like to transfer to the MALTS program, please contact the MALTS Program Manager. See further the application criteria on the MALTS program page.

Complete Program Change Form

This form may be used to change programs and/or concentrations.

Students admitted to the GradDipCS program may use this form if they want to apply for admission to the MACS, MATS, or MDiv program. Note that students are required to have 12 credits completed and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in order to be admitted to the MACS, MATS, or MDiv program. MDiv candidates may require approval from the MDiv Committee.

Students admitted to the MACS, MATS, or MDiv program may use this form:

  1. to change from one to another of these three programs;
  2. to indicate or change their concentration: or,
  3. to change from one of these programs to the GradDipCS.

If you wish to apply for admission to the MALTS program, please contact [email protected]

Note: This form cannot be used to change programs or concentrations if student's current program has exceeded its time limit. students in this scenario should contact academic. [email protected] for direction on such changes.

Complete the program change form here.

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