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Master of Arts in Leadership, Theology & Society


Program Details

Who is this program for?

The MALTS program is geared toward currently employed working professionals who are in a position of leadership or actively advancing toward a position of leadership. If you are not currently employed but you feel that the MALTS program is the right next step for you, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your situation.

What type of work experience do I need to do this program?

The MALTS program is intended for people from a wide range of work experience. You need at least five years of full-time work experience (or equivaleent) either in a leadership position or actively and evidently working toward a leadership position. Additionally, you are expected to be currently employed or to have access to a workplace where you will be able to fulfill the requirements for the Workplace Integration and for the creation of a Capstone Project

Is this a full-time or part-time program?

The MALTS program is a low-residency program, requiring your on-campus presence for only four weeks of the year. However, you will be expected to engage with ongoing coursework not only while on campus but throughout the program.

Note: If you pay Canadian income tax and require a T2202A form, you will be considered full time in both summer terms, and both winter terms, but not in the fall terms.

How long is this program? When does the program start?

The program takes 24 months across three calendar years, starting in May and ending in June. Individual residencies take place in May of the first calendar year, January and July of the second calendar year, and January and June of the third calendar year. A new cohort will start in May of every year.

Are there any electives in the MALTS program?

There are no electives in the MALTS program. The program consists of eight specific courses, Workplace Integration, and a Capstone Project. If you have already completed Old Testament Foundations and/or New Testament Foundations, see further explanation under Admission Details.

Can I take MALTS courses by distance?

Not technically, no. With the exception of Workplace Integration and the Capstone Project, all MALTS courses are taught during two week residencies, with course work before and after each residency. Workplace Integration and the Capstone Project will be completed largely between residencies via regular video-conferencing communication with your supervisor/mentor. The final requirement for the Capstone Project will be a presentation given to your cohort during the final Capstone Retreat.

Do I need to find my own mentor for Workplace Integration?

No, a mentor will be provided to you in order to accompany you through the entirety of the program.

Admission and Registration Details

When do I need to apply?

We operate a staged admissions process with four rounds. Anticipated decision dates for each round are outlined in the table below. Please note that an application will not be considered within a round unless we have received the complete application, including all supporting documents, by 11:59 pm on the relevant deadline.

Submission deadline: Anticipated decision date:
ROUND 1 September 17, 2021
November 19, 2021
ROUND 2 November 5, 2021 January 21, 2022
ROUND 3 January 14, 2022 March 18, 2022
ROUND 4 February 25, 2022 April 22, 2022

Applications within each round will be reviewed in the order in which they were received, taking into consideration applicants' qualifications and objectives, as well as the goals of the program. In the event that the cohort fills before all rounds are complete, qualified applicants from the later rounds will be placed on a waitlist.

We recommend that you submit your completed application form as early as possible in order to ensure time to make arrangements for finances, work, and travel.

How many students are admitted to the program each year?

Each cohort in the MALTS program has an upper limit of 24 students. There is one cohort each year beginning in May.

Can I transfer credits into the MALTS program from other Regent programs or schools?

No transfer credits or exemptions from required courses in the MALTS program will be granted except in the following cases:

  1. students who have taken Old Testament Foundations (BIBL 501) and/or New Testament Foundations (BIBL 502) at Regent College within seven years prior to their beginning in the MALTS program may substitute a course (either for credit or for audit) in place of the course(s) they have already taken; and
  2. students who have taken a course equivalent to BIBL 501 and/or BIBL 502 at an accredited, graduate level institution within seven years prior to their beginning in the MALTS program must still take BIBL 501 and BIBL 502, but may do so either for credit or as an audit student.

Whether taken for audit or credit, your choice will not affect the cost of the program. If taken for audit, attendance and participation are still required. All other students must take all of the MALTS courses as prescribed. No exemptions will be granted on the basis of undergraduate courses.

Are MALTS courses available to those who are not enrolled in the MALTS program?

No. With the exception of Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Foundations, enrollment in MALTS courses is limited to those accepted into the MALTS program.

Do I need a study permit for the residences if I am coming from outside Canada?

Yes. This is a graduate program running longer than six months, so you will need a study permit in order to study in Canada.

Once admitted, do I need to register for courses?

No. You will be automatically registered for all courses prior to their respective residency.

Residency and Course Work Details

What if I can't attend one of the residencies? Can I take another course in its place?

No. If you miss or fail two or more courses in the MALTS program, you will be removed from your current cohort and you will need to apply for admission to another cohort at a later time. If readmitted, you will re-enter the program at the time corresponding to the missed and/or failed courses.

How much of my time is taken up during the two-week residencies?

The residencies will be intensive learning experiences with six hours of class time per day plus some discussions over meals.

How much work do I have to do outside the two-week residencies?

Apart from class time, each course requires about 100 hours of work (readings, written assignments, etc.); the Workplace Integration should take between two and three hours per week; and the Capstone Project should take between 250 and 300 hours in total.

Due to the fact that residencies take place at various times throughout the year, the time between them varies depending on the residency. The shortest gap between residencies is five months, while the longest is seven months. At its most intense, in the short, five-month gap between residencies two and three, you will be required to do an average of ten hours of work a week. At its least intense, in the seven-month gap between the third and fourth residencies, you will be required to do an average of seven hours of work a week. Do note that these are only estimates and the amount of time needed for assignments will vary somewhat from student to student depending on their reading and writing speeds.

How many weeks a year do I need to be away from work?

The MALTS program runs over 24 months within three calendar years. The first residency consists of two weeks in the first calendar year. The second and third residencies consist of two weeks each, for a total of four weeks in the second calendar year. The final residency consists of two weeks and the Capstone Retreat consists of one week, for a total of three weeks in the third calendar year.

Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

Yes. You will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Vancouver and to and from the location for the Capstone Retreat.

Do I need to make my own accommodation and meal arrangements?

Accommodation and meals will be your responsibility during each residency. We will be glad to provide you with recommendations for both.

Are any meals included in the cost of the program?

Each residency will have two catered meals, one at the beginning and the other at the end of the first week. Other than these meals, you will be responsible for your own meals throughout each residency.

How will I get around Vancouver?

The most economical solution is to take the local bus. Vancouver has a very good and reliable public transit system, one of the best in the world, according to its users. Alternatively, you may rent a car from the airport, hire taxis, or use a car-sharing program such as Evo or Modo.

Payment Details

How and when do I pay tuition?

There is a $1,000, non-refundable deposit due by April 1, prior to the first residency. The remaining cost of the program is divided into four equal payments that coincide with each on-campus residency and are due by the first day of their respective residencies.

How does payment work for the Capstone Retreat?

Payment for the Capstone Retreat is due by the first day of the retreat.

How much will books cost?

Book prices tend to fall between $85 and $200 CAD per course.

Are accommodations, meals, or travel included in the cost of the program?

No. The $25,000 tuition cost does not include accommodations, meals, or travel (to and from Vancouver, around Vancouver, and to and from the location for the Capstone Retreat). It also does not include the cost of the final Capstone Retreat. The cost of the Capstone Retreat varies from year to year, usually falling within the range of $2,000 to $3,000. It includes accommodation and meals while at the retreat and a shuttle service from a designated hotel to the lodge (round trip).

Can I get a student loan for this program?

Due to the criteria of the various Canadian provincial loan providers and the US Department of Education (Title IV) loans provider, student loans are not available to MALTS students.

Can I apply for financial aid for the MALTS program?

Yes. The Leadership, Theology, and Society Scholarship is awarded annually to MALTS students, covering 50% of tuition for their third and fourth residencies at Regent, including the Capstone Retreat. MALTS students are invited to submit their applications to Regent College Financial Aid, both upon application to the program and throughout the duration of their MA. Questions about the application process should be directed to [email protected].

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