All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete a Summative Evaluation exercise.
Students enrolled in the M.A. in Theology for the first time in fall 2019 or later must follow the process for the Summative Evaluation as described in this catalog. They must enroll in ENG 890 Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam and Professional Paper (Theology) to prepare for, and take, the comprehensive exam, and to learn how to write a professional paper, which must be completed in the semester following enrollment in ENG 890. This course would replace one elective. Exceptional students may write a thesis, which requires enrolling in ENG 891 Academic Research, Design, and Writing, followed by enrolling in the thesis itself, if the proposal was approved. These two courses would be in lieu of taking the two electives.
Students enrolled in the M.A. in Theology in the summer of 2019 and prior, can elect to switch to the process for the Summative Evaluation described above in this catalog, or the process in the catalog under which they first enrolled.
Summative Evaluation for M.A. in Theology students prior to Fall 2019 and for all M.A. in Philosophy students regardless of enrollment date can fulfill the summative evaluation by passing an M.A. comprehensive exam OR writing an M.A. thesis. If writing a thesis, students will have no elective courses, otherwise there are two.
M.A. in Pastoral Studies students can fulfill the summative evaluation only by passing an M.A. comprehensive exam. Students will have two elective courses.