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prospectus 2010 â€“ 2012
120 0~2012 Prospectus A N I N T E R N AT I O N A L G R A D U AT E S C H O O L OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES
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Table of Contents Introduction
From the President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Global Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Educational Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Core Values. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theological Position. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Ethos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Accreditation Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Calendar Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Calendar of Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Faculty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Master of Christian Studies Program (MCS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Master of Divinity Program (MDiv). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Master of Theology Program (ThM) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Distance Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Concentrations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Anglican Studies Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Chinese Studies Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Marketplace Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Academic Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Financing Your Education The Real Cost of Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Employment Opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Tuition Benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Government Student Loans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
College Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Campus Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Living in Vancouver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Facilities and Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Prospective Students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Admissions Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Application Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Application Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 E-mail Addresses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Maps & Addresses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Rod Wilson, President
From the President
Are you grappling with any of these questions? ■ How do I integrate my faith with all of life, make it relevant, and figure out what’s next? ■ Where can I get qualification from an academically credible school so I can be prepared for church or para-church ministry? ■ Where can I receive theological training that understands the problems of the contemporary church and will help me be part of the solution? ■ Is there a place where I can prepare for an academic teaching career in a spiritually vital and intellectually rigorous community where I can study integratively and be launched into the next stage? ■ Can I study theology in a spiritually rich and open community where I can figure out what to do next? ■ Can I integrate faith with my work and life experience so I can serve God more effectively in my work? In the mid 1960s in Vancouver, British Columbia, a group of business people and educators got together to discuss the formation of a new theological school. Unlike other theological schools that trained people primarily for ‘professional ministry,’ this school had a distinctive vision. It was a vision to educate the whole people of God with the recognition that everyone has received God’s gifts and needs to minister out of that grace whether it is in the public square, the church or the academy.
Six students enrolled in the fall of 1970 but two of them were killed in a car accident before classes commenced. A faith community that holds a funeral as its first public event implicitly acknowledges its brokenness and frailty. A diverse international community that welcomes people from different cultures and has graduates in 85 countries of the world quickly learns that differences are valuable in the kingdom of God. An academic community that is located geographically on the campus of a large secular university seeks to understand what it means to be salt and light. An equipping community that affirms that all of life needs to come under the Lordship of Christ welcomes all who want spiritual transformation quite apart from their vocational goal. As you read through this Prospectus you will find our attempt to capture the essence of Regent College. We want you to find out about our mission, give you a brief introduction to our faculty, help you to understand our various programs and provide you with facts on admissions, finances and community concerns. Although this material is significant, it is in embracing the full experience of Regent College that you will come to understand who we are. We are seeking to build on the solid foundation that was laid over 40 years ago and would invite you to prayerfully consider whether you will be a partner with us in this enterprise. An enterprise that has the following as our guiding mission—Regent College cultivates intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church, and His world. 1
The College was founded in 1968 as the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. The beginning of such a venture in Western Canada was a response to a growing belief that the “new frontiers” of lay involvement should be implemented in a strategic centre of trade and commerce. Vancouver proved ideal because of its location on the Pacific Rim and its access to other capitals of the world. A second conviction shared by Regent’s founders was that the College should relate to the university world, which is the focal point for the development of the philosophies that shape both thought and action in today’s marketplace of ideas. To that end, the College sought and obtained affiliation with the University of British Columbia in 1973, thus giving its students access to the facilities and life of a major centre of secular learning. Affiliation with UBC, however, has not necessitated any loss of independence or self-determination on the part of the College. Additionally, Regent College is a response to an obvious need for quality evangelical theological training that will meet the requirements of the church in Canada and elsewhere. From its inception, the College has been committed to building up the church, and it does so through continuing education for ministers and missionaries, and the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology programs that combine traditional curricula with integrative interdisciplinary studies. The College offers a full range of graduate study programs taught by an international faculty committed to the historic evangelical faith, both as a credal affirmation and as a living experience. The College emphasizes close contact between faculty and students as an integral part of the development of Christian character. To that end, times of worship, together with growth in personal spiritual disciplines, are considered an essential part of the educational process.
Regent College cultivates intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church, and His world.
Educational Mission Our hope for students is that through their time at Regent College their lives will become more fully integrated in Christ, so that their minds are filled with the truth of Christ, their imaginations captivated by the glory of Christ, and their characters formed according to the virtues of Christ. We understand our educational mission to be what the New Testament calls paradosis (transmission), the handing on of living faith from one generation to another. In service of the Church we engage in graduate education through a kind of higher catechism or paideia (formation) that enables Christians to live more thoughtfully in varied vocations in the church and the world. By our formal classroom interaction, and by the culture we foster more generally at Regent College, we aim to help students to see all of life— and all aspects of our own lives—as spheres of God’s creative and redemptive work. As students leave Regent College, they should be prepared to pass this vision on to another generation. Regent College does not aim principally to prepare students for thoughtful and virtuous citizenship, or to prepare them with the necessary skills to succeed in the workplace. These aims of higher education have their place at Regent only within the larger educational aim of preparing students to engage with their culture as thoughtful and prayerful Christians, sharing in Christ’s creative and redemptive mission to the world. Since our ideals are as high as those of the apostle Paul who aimed to “present everyone perfect in Christ,” we will never be able either to see our educational mission fully achieved, nor will we ever be able to take much credit for the lives of our graduates when they demonstrate the sorts of qualities we desire for them. Yet we will rejoice with our graduates ■ when we see that they are passionately devoted to Christ, seeking after holiness, their lives shaped at the deepest level by prayer and
Introduction Scripture, sharing in the suffering of Christ in order to bring life to others. ■ when we see that their domestic and intimate lives are rich with family and friendship, celebration, service, and a joyful stewardship of the gifts of creation. ■ when we see them participating fully in the life of the church, leading in ministries of evangelism, discipleship, teaching, worship, and healing, and exercising their gifts to further the work of the kingdom in all its forms. ■ when we see that they are able to discern their work in the world as God’s work and to grasp how their Christian faith calls them to live creatively, thoughtfully and redemptively as artists, teachers, politicians and public servants; doctors, lawyers and business executives; engineers, carpenters and social workers; pastors, missionaries, and youth workers; and in every other worthy vocation, paid and unpaid.
Core Values 1. A Graduate School of Christian Studies. Regent College is a graduate school of Christian Studies grounded in the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. As a community of Christian scholars, we believe that rigorous academic study is an expression of our love for God and that it is vital to the health and mission of the church. We invite students into our community in the hope that our curriculum will establish them in the evangelical tradition, that it will deepen their faith and theological understanding, that it will introduce them to the discipline of Christian scholarship, and that it will prepare them for ministry both within and outside the institutional church. As a community we aim not simply to be informed by study but also to be transformed by the Holy Spirit through study, to the end that we might become more Christ-like and therefore more fully human. By being conformed to Christ—both to his life and to his suffering—we come to know and love our creator, the
Triune God. Loving God, we desire also to love our neighbour and to learn to take our responsibilities in creation seriously. We are committed to a Christian vision of the human person, and this is reflected both in our curriculum and in our life together as students, faculty, staff and governors. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, we believe, applies to every aspect and to every arena of life. 2. What We Believe: Historical Evangelicalism. As an evangelical institution, we confess a statement of faith modeled on that of the World Evangelical Fellowship, and we seek to stand robustly in the evangelical tradition. To this end we affirm the unique authority and trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, the supremacy of Christ, the necessity of personal repentance and faith, and the importance of bearing witness to Christ in word and deed. At the same time, we recognize the importance of holding and defending evangelical convictions graciously and reasonably. We are indebted to many of the insights of non-Christian scholarship. And we are profoundly grateful for how much we have been, and continue to be, blessed by the entire Christian tradition—Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant, worldwide. We endeavour also to model love for the church. We emphasize the importance for the Christian life of participation in the local church, while continually framing local participation within the context of the church universal. 3. Whom We Serve: The Church, the Marketplace and the Academy. Regent College was founded for the purpose of providing graduate level theological education to lay believers. Through our core curriculum, we continue to strive to provide a fully integrated theological education to students from all backgrounds, including those arriving from careers in the church, the marketplace and the academy. The College’s original vision has subsequently expanded to include educating and training pastors and other leaders in mission organizations and
Introduction parachurch ministries. We also aim to prepare students for research and study at the doctoral level. In all our educational programs we seek first to reflect Christianly on the whole of human life and only secondarily do we focus on professional training. 4. What We Look Like: People and Space. Our faculty places high value on collegiality, and we have resisted growing so large that we must divide into departments. We believe that students and staff, as well as faculty, benefit from our intentionally small size. The College is also intentionally diverse. We value the energy and insight that come from bringing together women and men of different denominational traditions, from different ethnic and national backgrounds, and with very different vocational goals in view. We view the tensions such diversity creates as healthy and positive, for they provide us with the opportunity to learn courtesy and to experience something of the breadth and depth of God’s kingdom. Our diversity also encourages us to celebrate our oneness in Christ and to seek to manifest an allegiance to Christ that transcends our membership in and loyalty to human communities. The particular place and space that the College occupies is not incidental to the College’s mission. Our relatively small, light-filled facility fosters personal interaction and face-to-face learning. And our location on the campus of a major university encourages us to work and think in the larger context of contemporary society and culture. 5. Prayer. Regent College’s core vision is not so much something that we have determined ourselves as it is the gift of God, entrusted to us for the sake of the church and the world. By God’s grace the College has made a significant difference in the lives of a great many women and men around the world. We are amazed by this and deeply grateful for it. And we look forward to serving all those who come to us, knowing that everything we undertake depends entirely upon God’s gracious provision. “May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17) 4
Theological Position We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth and summarized in such historic statements of the Christian church as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. We here explicitly assert doctrines that are regarded as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the gospel and to practical Christian living. 1. The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment. 2. The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 3. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, bringing everyone under God’s wrath and condemnation. 4. The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin. 5. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead. 6. The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit in the believer. 7. The unity and common priesthood of all true believers, who together form the one universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head. 8. The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to keep these convictions before the Regent community, each year faculty are required to sign the above statement. However, adherence to the College’s theological position is not required for admission to or graduation from any of its programs.
Ethos Regent College, as a Christian academic community, takes relationships seriously, seeking to understand and live them in light of our biblical and theological commitments. We want to embrace the vast implications of being the “new humanity in Christ,” including how we treat gender, ethnic, racial, denominational and theological differences (cf. Galatians 3:28). Regent College welcomes students as varied as the whole people of God and seeks to create an environment in which all students feel safe to engage in courteous and respectful conversation in the pursuit of truth, as we seek to be formed and reformed by the Scriptures. The College welcomes and actively pursues qualified faculty reflective of this commitment.
Accreditation Status Regent College is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (10 Summit Park Dr., Pittsburgh PA 15275-1103; telephone: 412.788.6505; website: <www.ats.edu>). As noted above, the College is also affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC). In effect, this means that the College meets the criteria for affiliation established by the Senate of UBC, but does not imply any scrutiny or approval of the course offerings of the affiliate by the University Senate. Nor does affiliation imply automatic transfer of course credit between the two institutions. Details of the affiliation are documented in the UBC Calendar, “Affiliated Theological Colleges” section.
Students may begin their studies in any of Regent’s three terms. The majority of students begin in the Fall Term; however, many take advantage of coming for the preceding Summer Term to get a head start on their program. Approximately 20% of students begin in the Winter Term.
Summer Term (May to August) Each year, between 40 and 50 one- and two-week modular courses are held from May to August, featuring both regular Regent faculty and visiting professors from around the world. This is an excellent opportu-
nity for students, especially those who cannot study on a full-time basis, to take courses required for their program, or simply to come for spiritual and intellectual refreshment. Spring Session (May/June) and Summer Session (July/August) feature an eclectic mix of special interest courses, complemented by a wide variety of formal and informal events: chapel services, evening public lectures, art exhibitions, concerts, discussions with faculty, and prayer retreats. The first two weeks of Spring Session (which take place directly after The Pastors’ Conference) include “The Pastors’ Institute.” Typically, selected courses required for Regent’s programs are also offered during the Summer Term; for example, the two required courses, Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Foundations, normally alternate each year. The first year of either Greek or Hebrew can also be completed in an intensive seven-week format. Some summers, classes are also held in a secondary location such as Oxford or Hong Kong.
Fall Term (September to December) Most of the courses in the Fall and Winter Terms are held during the day, although a significant number are offered in the evening and on weekends in order to make our programs available to the larger community. Classes usually meet once a week in a three-hour session or twice a week in two one-and-a-half hour sessions. Weekend School takes place over three weekends (Friday evening and all day Saturday); each weekend session is about a month apart.
Winter Term (January to April) While some courses span both Fall and Winter Terms, the majority of Winter courses are different from those offered in the Fall. However, most of the language offerings are a continuation of courses begun in the Fall Term. For this reason, it is normally not possible to commence a language course in the Winter Term. Evening and Weekend School courses are also available during this term.
Calendar of Important Dates 2010–2011 Academic Year (Note: dates subject to change; deadlines are 4:30 pm; for further details see the Academic Catalogue)
Fall Term 2010 September 3 International Student Orientation September 6 Labour Day: College CLOSED September 7–9 New Student Orientation Attendance is expected of all new students. September 10 Fall Term Registration Deadline September 13 Fall Term classes begin September 24–26 Annual Retreat October 11 Thanksgiving Day: College CLOSED October 11–15 Reading Week: No classes November 1 Confirmation Deadline (for Winter 2011) Admitted students for Winter 2011 must pay the confirmation deposit by this date to reserve their place; late applications may be considered after this date, if space is available. November 11 Remembrance Day: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed November 22–26 Reading Week: No classes December 17 Last day of classes December 24–January 3 College CLOSED
Winter Term 2011 January 1
Early Application Completion Deadline—International Students (for Summer & Fall 2011) International students residing outside North America who wish to be considered early must have completed admission applications on file by this date. International students may also be considered after the February 1 application completion deadline. Students applying for Geographic Scholarships must have completed admission applications by January 1 in order to be considered for an award. January 4–6 New Student Orientation Attendance is expected of all new students. January 7 Winter Term Registration Deadline January 10 Winter Term classes begin February 1 Application Completion Deadline (for Summer & Fall 2011) Admission applications completed after this date will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this deadline will incur a late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Applications must be complete by this date in order to be considered for financial aid. February 1 Geographic Scholarship Application Deadline (for Fall 2011) Students may submit Geographic Scholarship applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award. Please refer to the Financial Aid section (pp. 42-46) of the Prospectus for further eligibility requirements.
Introduction February 7–11 March 1
March 21–25 March 31 April 15 April 22 April 25 April 29
Reading Week: No classes Financial Aid Application Deadline (for Fall 2011 & Winter 2012) Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award. Reading Week: No classes Distance Education Registration Deadline Last day to register for a distance education course for the Winter 2011 term. Last day of classes Good Friday: College CLOSED Easter Monday: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed Convocation
Summer Term 2011 May 3–6 May 9–June 10 May 23 June 1
June 23 June 27–August 12 July 1 July 2
July 29 August 1 August 1
Pastors’ Conference Spring Session Courses Victoria Day: College open for registration, classes & Library; Offices closed Admissions Confirmation Deadline (for Summer & Fall 2011) Admitted students for Summer and Fall 2011 must pay the confirmation deposit by this date to reserve their place; late applications may be considered after this date, if space is available. New Student Welcome All newly admitted students starting in Summer Term are encouraged to attend. Summer Session Courses Canada Day: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed Application Completion Deadline (for Winter 2012) Admission applications completed after this date will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this date will incur a late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Applications must be complete by this date in order to be considered for financial aid. Distance Education Registration Deadline Last day to register for a distance education course for the Summer 2011 term. BC Day: College open for classes; Library & Offices closed Financial Aid Application Deadline (for Winter 2012) Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award.
2011–2012 Academic Year
(Note: dates subject to change; deadlines are 4:30 pm; for further details see the Academic Catalogue)
Fall Term 2011 September 2 September 5 September 6–8 September 9
International Student Orientation Labour Day: College CLOSED New Student Orientation Attendance is expected of all new students. Fall Term Registration Deadline 7
Introduction September 12 September 23–25 October 10 October 10–14 November 1
Fall Term classes begin Annual Retreat Thanksgiving Day: College CLOSED Reading Week: No classes Confirmation Deadline (for Winter 2012) Admitted students for Winter 2012 must pay the confirmation deposit by this date to reserve their place; late applications may be considered after this date, if space is available. November 11 Remembrance Day: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed November 21-25 Reading Week: No classes November 30 Distance Education Registration Deadline Last day to register for a distance education course for the Fall 2011 term. December 16 Last day of classes December 24–January 2 College CLOSED
Winter Term 2012 January 1
January 3–5 January 6 January 9 February 1
February 6–10 March 1
March 19–23 April 6 April 9 April 13 April 23 8
Early Application Completion Deadline—International Students (for Summer & Fall 2012) International students residing outside North America who wish to be considered early must have completed admission applications on file by this date. International students may also be considered after the February 1 application completion deadline. Students applying for Geographic Scholarships must have completed admission applications by January 3 in order to be considered for an award. New Student Orientation Winter Term Registration Deadline Winter Term classes begin Application Completion Deadline (for Summer & Fall 2012) Admission applications completed after this date will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this deadline will incur a late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Applications must be complete by this date in order to be considered for financial aid. Geographic Scholarship Application Deadline (for Fall 2012) Students may submit Geographic Scholarship applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award. Please refer to the Financial Aid section (pp. 42-46) of the Prospectus for further eligibility requirements. Reading Week: No classes Financial Aid Application Deadline (for Fall 2012 & Winter 2013) Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award. Reading Week: No classes Good Friday: College CLOSED Easter Monday: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed Last day of classes Convocation
Summer Term 2012 May 1–4 May 21–June 15 May 21 June 1
June 28 July 2–August 17 July 2 July 2
Pastors’ Conference Spring Session Courses Victoria Day: College open for registration, classes & Library; Offices closed Admissions Confirmation Deadline (for Summer & Fall 2012) Admitted students for Summer and Fall 2012 must pay the confirmation deposit by this date to reserve their place; late applications may be considered after this date, if space is available. New Student Welcome All newly admitted students starting in Summer Term are encouraged to attend. Summer Session Courses Canada Day: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed Application Completion Deadline (for Winter 2013) Admission applications completed after this date will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this date will incur a late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Applications must be complete by this date in order to be considered for financial aid. Financial Aid Application Deadline (for Winter 2013) Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted to be eligible for an award. BC Day: College open for classes & Library; Offices closed
Faculty Hans Boersma
J.I. Packer Professor of Theology BEd (Christelijke Academic “Felua,” Netherlands), BA (Lethbridge), MDiv (Theological College of the Canadian Reformed Church), MTh, ThD (Utrecht)
Before coming to Regent in 2005, Hans Boersma taught for six years at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC (1999-2005). He also served as a pastor for several years (1994-1998). He is the author of a number of articles, and has written several books, including Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition (Baker Academic, 2004). Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry is scheduled for publication in 2011 (Eerdmans). Hans is happy he can finally answer in the affirmative the incessant inquiries about extracurricular activities or hobbies he may have: his golden retriever, Trooper, keeps him busy at all times. Hans and his wife, Linda, along with the youngest two of their five children, live in Langley, BC, where they are members of the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.
Craig M. Gay
BS (Stanford), MTS (Regent College), PhD (Boston)
BSc(Hons) (Witwatersrand, South Africa), PhD (Queen’s), MCS (Regent College), PhD (St. Andrew’s, Scotland)
Craig Gay lectures in the area of Christianity and Culture, directs Regent’s ThM degree program, is the Associate Academic dean, and is the Interim Director of the John Richard Allison Library at Regent College. He is the author of Dialogue, Catalogue and Monologue, Cash Values: The Value of Money, the Nature of Worth, The Way of the (Modern) World, With Liberty and Justice for Whom? and he co-edited (with C. Peter Molloy) The Way of Truth in the Present Age. Craig has contributed chapters to a number of collections on the subjects of “modernity”, “secularization” and “economic ethics” and his articles and reviews have appeared in Christian Scholar’s Review, American Journal of Sociology, Crux and Markets and Morality. An active member of St. John’s (Shaughnessy) Anglican Church, Craig and his wife, Julie, have four children.
Ross Hastings teaches in the areas of pastoral theology, the theology and spirituality of mission and ethics. He has served as a pastor in Kingston, ON, Burnaby, BC, and Montreal, QC, and for eleven years as the senior pastor of Peace Portal Alliance Church in White Rock, BC. He has earned two PhDs, one in organo-metallic chemistry at Queen’s University (ON), and the other in theology at St. Andrew’s University, in his native Scotland. His theological dissertation is a comparative study of the Trinitarian theology of Jonathan Edwards and Karl Barth and is in the publication process. He is in the process of writing a book on the relationship between the Trinity and the missional church. Ross lost his wife Sharon to cancer in 2008; he has two adult children. He enjoys sport, and especially rugby, cricket, soccer, and squash as well as music of varied genres.
Associate Academic Dean, Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Professor, Pastoral Theology
James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology BRE (Briercrest Bible College), MCS (Regent College), DPhil (Oxford)
Bruce Hindmarsh took his DPhil degree at Oxford University in 1993. From 1995 to 1997 he was also a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. He has since published and spoken widely to international audiences on the history of early British evangelicalism. His articles have appeared in respected academic journals such as Church History and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and he is the author of two major books of his own: John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition and The Evangelical Conversion Narrative. Bruce has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, research grants and fellowships. In recent years, he has been a Mayers Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a holder of the Henry Luce III Theological Fellowship, and he is presently engaged in a research project on early evangelical spirituality. An active lay member of the Anglican Church, he is married to Carolyn, and they have three children: Bethany, Matthew and Sam. He enjoys running on the trails and beaches of Vancouver.
Professor, Bioethics and Christianity & Chinese Culture, Dean of Chinese Studies Program AB (UCLA), MD, PhD (British Columbia), DipCS, MTS (Regent College)
Before Edwin Hui came to Regent in 1990, he worked as a medical scientist and clinician for a little over ten years and held the position of Vice Chief-of-Staff of the Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Los Angeles. Edwin lectures regularly in China, and is currently an adjunct professor at Peking, Fudan and Sichuan Universities as well as adjunct research fellow in four other universities in China. In 2000, he was appointed consultant ethicist for the Chinese National Laboratory on the Human Genome Project and has been Visiting Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Hong Kong since 1999. He has published widely in bioethics and in Christianity and Chinese culture. He is currently finishing a Dictionary of Chinese Medical Ethics which is a â€œfirstâ€? in the Chinese language. Edwin is married and has three children. Select Book Titles: Christian Character, Virtue and Bioethics, An Introduction to Christian Theological Thought, and At the Beginning of Life: Dilemmas in Theological Bioethics. 13
Mariam J. Kamell
Donald M. Lewis
BA (Davidson College); MA (Denver Seminary); PhD (University of St Andrews)
BA, DipEd (Bishop’s University), MCS (Regent College), DPhil (Oxford)
Mariam joined the faculty in 2010 in a three-year postdoctoral fellowship. This rather unique position allows for a thoughtful transition from a research life to a more active teaching role. The majority of Mariam’s research has centered on the epistle of James, with an MA thesis on the role of “wisdom” in the epistle and a PhD thesis on the soteriology of the epistle. Both of these projects involved extensive work in both Jewish wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible and Intertestamental period as well as in the gospel of Matthew. Mariam has coauthored a commentary on James (Zondervan), has published several articles in books and journals, and is currently working on a biblical theology of social justice (for Zondervan). Mariam has a diversity of interests including music (both making and listening), hiking, skiing, backpacking, art (painting and now pottery), and hanging out with her nephews and niece. She grew up in a Conservative Baptist church in Western NY, was on staff at Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, and attended a Scottish Episcopal Church in St. Andrews.
Don Lewis is an alumnus of Regent College who did his doctoral work at Oxford University before coming back to Regent as a faculty member. He is a specialist in the history of evangelicalism in the Victorian era and has written and published extensively in this area. He has written numerous articles and book reviews for both popular and academic periodicals, including Fides Et Historia and The American Historical Review. His most recent book is The Origins of Christian Zionism: Evangelical Support for a Jewish Homeland (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He and his wife, Lindi, have three grown children.
Postdoctoral Fellow, New Testament
Professor, Church History
Select Book Titles: Lighten Their Darkness: The Evangelical Mission to Working-Class London; The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (editor); Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century (editor), Origins of Christian Zionism.
V. Philips Long
Iain W. Provan
BA (Wheaton), MDiv (Gordon-Conwell), PhD (Cambridge)
MA (Glasgow), BA (London Bible College), PhD (Cambridge)
Phil Long joined Regent’s faculty in 2000, after having taught 15 years at Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) and 4 years at the Freie Theologische Akademie in Germany. In addition to earning the degrees noted above, Phil has studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His book publications include The Reign and Rejection of King Saul: A Case for Literary and Theological Coherence, The Art of Biblical History, the edited volumes Israel’s Past in Present Research and Windows Into Old Testament History, the co-authored work, A Biblical History of Israel and 1 and 2 Samuel in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. He has served on translation committees and has contributed commentary notes for the ESV Study Bible (Joshua) and the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible (1–2 Samuel). Phil is an ordained teaching elder in the PCA. He and his wife, Polly, have four children, four childrenin-law, and six grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman and angler, he also enjoys portrait and landscape painting.
Iain Provan has been the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies since 1997. He was born and educated in the UK and retains strong family, academic and church connections with his homeland. He received his MA at Glasgow University in Mediaeval History and Archaeology, his BA from London Bible College in Theology and his PhD from Cambridge, where his thesis focused on the books of Kings, and was subsequently published as Hezekiah and the Books of Kings. His subsequent academic teaching career took him to King’s College London, the University of Wales and the University of Edinburgh, where he was a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies. He has written numerous essays and articles, and several books including commentaries on Lamentations, 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. Most recently he has co-authored with Phil Long and Tremper Longman A Biblical History of Israel. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland; a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge; and the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. He and his wife, Lynette, have four children. Iain is also a qualified Provincial B Licence soccer coach (BC) and ARA rowing coach (UK).
Professor, Old Testament
Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies
Dal W. Schindell
Director of Publications, Director of the Lookout Art Gallery, Instructor in Christianity and Art Diploma in Art and Design (Vancouver), DipCS (Regent College), further studies at Sheffield Polytechnic Art College (now Hallam University, Sheffield)
Dal Schindell has studied at UBC, the Vancouver School of Art, Regent College, Sheffield Polytechnic Art College, with further research done in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Gallery. He was awarded a Canada Council grant that led to his studies in England. Dal has a strong commitment to the church. He has been a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) for over 30 years and a representative elder on Presbytery for a long, long time. He also served for thirteen years on the board of the Renewal Fellowship within the PCC, including a few years as chair. In the early 1990s, he was chair of the Vancouver Christian School board. He now serves as a board member for CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts). Dal is married to Kit (also a Regent grad) who is a hospital administrator in Vancouver. They have two adult daughters, Marieke and Claire, and one granddaughter, Lucie Siena.
John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture BA (Queen’s, Kingston), MA (Wheaton), PhD (Chicago)
John Stackhouse is the author of more than 500 articles, book chapters, and reviews in the history, sociology, and philosophy of religion and in theology. He has published seven books and edited or co-edited four more. Dr. Stackhouse’s commentary has been featured by most North American television networks, many radio stations, and print media as diverse as The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, Time, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Century, and even Maxim. He serves as an advisory editor at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at Books & Culture, and a columnist for Faith Today magazines. He has lectured at schools as various as Yale University, Calvin Theological Seminary, Prairie Bible Institute, Brigham Young University, and the People’s University of China. A jazz musician, he sometimes plays piano, electric bass, trumpet, or guitar for Regent events. He was also a right winger on the Regent College hockey team that lost the UBC intramural championship on a dreadful referee’s mistake.
Rikk E. Watts
Associate Professor of Mission Studies, Dean of Students
Professor, New Testament
BA, BEd (Calgary), MTS, ThM (Regent College), PhD (Edinburgh)
BSc (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), MA, MDiv (Gordon-Conwell), PhD (Cambridge)
Diane Stinton recently joined the faculty of Regent College after many years of involvement in theological education in Nairobi, Kenya. With a background in New Testament and Spiritual Theology, she sought to integrate academic and spiritual formation through her combined roles as a professor and chaplain at Daystar University. Following her PhD studies in African Christianity, Diane facilitated the design and implementation of a new MTh in African Christianity at Daystar. She later moved to the Africa International University (AIU) / Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology to assist in launching a new MTh in World Christianity. She is the author of Jesus of Africa: Voices of Contemporary Christology, various articles on African Christianity, and the editor of African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations. Aside from her love for game park safaris and Indian Ocean beaches, Diane delights in being a mom to her Kenyan daughter Zawadi (“Gift” in Swahili).
Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Rikk Watts worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history and sociology. He later joined a parachurch organization engaged in Christian awareness projects in public schools and in providing crisis accommodation and various rehabilitation programs for the urban poor. He was a founding member of On Being, a major Australian Christian magazine, and supported himself and his family as a professional drummer. Rikk has served as an instructor at GordonConwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Latrobe University (Melbourne) and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne). Rikk presently attends New Life Community Church Burnaby where he is the main speaker at a service for university age young adults. Rikk is married to Katie, a primary teacher, and they have two adult children, Steven and Rebecca. In addition to a newly acquired obsession with sailing (he recently crewed his first Vic-Maui race), Rikk’s hobbies include movies, good restaurants, music, reading and going for long walks with Katie. 17
Loren E. Wilkinson
Paul S. Williams
BA (Wheaton), MA (Johns Hopkins), MA (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), PhD (Syracuse)
BA, MA, MSc (Oxford), MCS (Regent College)
Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies & Philosophy
Loren Wilkinson joined the Regent College faculty in 1981. He had been an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific College (1972–1977) and a Fellow at Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (1977–1978). He has written many scholarly and popular articles developing a Christian environmental ethic and exploring the human relationship to the natural world in its environmental, aesthetic, scientific and religious dimensions. Loren’s teaching interests include Christianity and the Arts, Philosophy, Earthkeeping and his popular “Creation, Wilderness and Technology” course that takes place on a summer boat trip. His books include Earthkeeping: Christian Stewardship of Natural Resources and Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard (co-authored with Mary Ruth Wilkinson). He is currently working on a book entitled Circles and the Cross: A Trinitarian Response to Some Contemporary Religious Movements. Loren lives on Galiano Island with his wife, Mary Ruth. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. 18
Academic Dean, David J. Brown Family Associate Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership
Paul Williams was appointed the second incumbent of the David J. Brown Family Chair of Marketplace Theology and Leadership in August 2005. Paul trained as an economist and worked in economic consulting for several years before undertaking theological training at Regent. He then returned to the marketplace, working as a strategic economic advisor for major international corporations and government agencies. In his most recent role, he was Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ Holdings, an international real estate consulting and investment banking group headquartered in London, UK. Since coming to Regent he has remained engaged in the marketplace through an ongoing advisory role at DTZ, as a Senior Fellow of Cardus, the Canadian policy think tank, and especially as Executive Director of Regent College’s Marketplace Institute. Paul has published numerous articles and book chapters on Christian faith and the marketplace. His research interests include capitalism and globalization, the theology of public discipleship, marketplace mission and workplace spirituality. He lives in Point Grey with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Hannah and Emilia.
Sarah C. Williams
Rod J. K. Wilson
BA, MA, DPhil (Oxford)
BSc (Toronto), MA, PhD (York), MTS (Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo), DD (Hon.) (Trinity Western)
Associate Professor, Church History
Sarah Williams joined the Regent faculty in 2005. A specialist in the field of nineteenth- and twentieth-century social and cultural history, her research interests focus on the relationship between religion and culture. She recently contributed a chapter to Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940 and is continuing research in this area. Sarah is also the author of Religious Belief and Popular Culture and co-author of Redefining Christian Britain, as well as numerous articles and reviews for academic journals such as Past and Present and The Journal of Victorian Culture. She has also written The Shaming of the Strong, a personal and theological reflection on the nature of personhood and the ethics of pre-natal testing. Prior to coming to Regent, Sarah held research and teaching positions at the University of Birmingham, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and Lincoln College, Oxford. She is passionate about the art of teaching and learning and she reads widely and thinks deeply about pedagogical theory and practice. Sarah and her husband, Paul, have two daughters, Hannah and Emilia. When Sarah is not reading history books she loves to paint, walk, read literature and enjoy the beauty of British Columbia.
President, Professor, Counselling and Psychology
Rod Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated as a child to Canada with his parents. He has served as President of Regent College since 2000. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Rod pursued theological training after the completion of his doctoral work. He has been involved in the fields of counselling and consulting for over 30 years and held various positions at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto from 1978-1995: Professor, Dean of Students, VicePresident and Academic Dean. From 1983-1995 he held part-time staff positions in two different churches and from 1995-2000 he was the teaching pastor of a growing church in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. In 2004, Rod received an honourary doctorate from Trinity Western University in recognition of his gifts of leadership and acuity of vision. He is the author of Counseling and Community and How Do I Help a Hurting Friend?â€”both award-winning booksâ€”and the co-author of Exploring Your Anger and Helping Angry People. He lives in Burnaby, BC with his wife, Bev.
Emeritus and Board of Governors’ Professors The following faculty have retired from full-time teaching at Regent College, but may offer occasional courses or conferences.
James I. Packer
Professor Emerita of Adult Education
Board of Governors’ Professor, Theology
BA (British Columbia), MA (Covenant), MEd, EdD (University of Toronto)
MA, DPhil (Oxford)
Gordon D. Fee
Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies
Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology
BA, MA (Seattle Pacific University), PhD (Southern California)
BA (Seattle Pacific), STB (New York Theological Seminary), MA (Johns Hopkins), DHL (Hon.) (Seattle Pacific)
Professor Emerita, Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology
Professor Emeritus of Missions and Evangelism
BEd, MA, PhD (Alberta), DHum (Hon.) (Trinity Western)
BD (Reformed Theological College, Australia), BA, MLitSt, PhD (Queensland)
James M. Houston
Sven K. Soderlund
Board of Governors’ Professor, Spiritual Theology
Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies
MA (Edinburgh), MA, BSc, DPhil (Oxford)
BA (Toronto), MA (Central Bible College), MCS (Regent College), PhD (Glasgow)
R. Paul Stevens
Bruce K. Waltke
Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology and Leadership
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies; Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
BA, BD (McMaster), DMin (Fuller)
AB (Houghton College), ThM, ThD (Dallas Theological Seminary), PhD (Harvard)
John B. Toews Professor Emeritus of Church History and Anabaptist Studies BA (Tabor College), MA, PhD (University of Colorado)
Teaching fellows are senior, established scholars who are invited to teach, on average, one or two courses a year.
Teaching Fellow, Missions and Cross-Cultural Communication; Associate Professor of World Christian Studies, Seattle Pacific University
Teaching Fellow, Mission Studies
BA (Wheaton), MA (Syracuse), PhD (Washington State)
BA (Florida Atlantic), MA (Westminster Theological Seminary), PhD (Utrecht)
Teaching Fellow, Biblical Studies
Teaching Fellow, Theology and Philosophy
THL (Moore Theological College), MA (Sydney), BDS, ThSchol, PhD (London)
BA, MA (Oxford)
Marva J. Dawn
Teaching Fellow, Spiritual Theology
Teaching Fellow, Theology; Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education, King’s College, London
BA (Concordia), MA (Idaho), MDiv (Western Evangelical), ThM (Pacific Lutheran), PhD (Notre Dame)
BA, MA, DPhil, BA, BD & DD (Oxford)
Choosing the Program Thatâ€™s Right for You
Regent College recognizes the importance of selecting a program that best suits the studentâ€™s personal situation, educational needs and vocational goals. The following information is provided to assist students in assessing which program is most appropriate.
Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS) The Diploma in Christian Studies is a graduate theological program designed to give students a basic understanding of the Christian faith, and provide them with the tools for an ongoing life of Christian study, meditation and practical service. Central to the DipCS is a vision for the integration of faith and life, that is, the need to bring the insights of faith to bear on personal, social and cultural issues. The DipCS is a highly flexible program. The large number of elective courses gives students the opportunity to take classes in line with their own interests. Since it can be completed in one year, the DipCS program is ideal for students taking a sabbatical leave to reflect on their vocation or ministry. Conversely, because there is no time limit for completing the program, the DipCS is also ideal for those who want to pursue a course of studies alongside their regular activities over an extended period. All credits taken towards the DipCS can be carried into one of the degree programs, should students decide to continue their studies in greater depth. Specific requirements for the DipCS program can be found on page 25.
Master of Christian Studies (MCS) The Master of Christian Studies program reflects the heart of Regentâ€™s mission, by focusing on the education, nurture and equipping of Christians to live and work as servant leaders. The MCS provides graduate theological education for men and women who anticipate working in societal professions and is also the recommended degree for those anticipating further graduate studies in preparation for an academic career. Opportunity is given to explore the integration of faith and life by developing skills for 23
Academic Programs interpreting Scripture, by completing courses in each of the theological disciplines and by focusing in depth on a chosen area of concentration (please refer to pp. 31ff for a list of available concentrations). The MCS includes an introduction to biblical languages, with the possibility of further language study if desired or if needed for a chosen concentration. Students will require good research skills and a high level of commitment to independent study. The flexibility of the MCS in allowing students to choose their own focus is well suited to those who bring with them specific life questions from previous work or education. A minimum of two years is needed to complete the program. While it is possible to complete the degree in two years, many students choose to take longer; in practice, two-thirds of MCS students complete in three years or less. Graduates of the MCS program go on to a wide variety of pursuits, including resuming previous careers or following newly discovered interests, undertaking further education or entering church-based Christian service. A major project is required to complete the program. Options include a comprehensive examination, a thesis or an integrative project in the arts and theology. Additional information on the major projects can be found on Regent’s website. ■ The 3-credit comprehensive examination tests the breadth of a student’s knowledge within a concentration, and includes both a written and an oral component. Taken within a given term, students prepare by reading a representative selection of material (normally between 3,000 and 4,000 pages) chosen by a professor from the concentration discipline. This option allows students to take the broadest range of courses at Regent. ■
The 12-credit thesis is a substantial piece of independent research on a specific, focused subject, involving both critical analysis and theological reflection. The thesis, normally 100 to 150 pages, 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. The College will endeavour to facilitate thesis supervision in the area of choice; however, admission to the program does not guarantee this.
The integrative project in the arts and theology 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 normally chosen by 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. The project will be accompanied by 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.
Specific requirements for the MCS program can be found on page 26.
Master of Divinity (MDiv) As part of Regent’s mission (see p. 2) to equip women and men to live more thoughtfully in varied vocations in the church and the world, the Master of Divinity program is designed with the vocational pastor, missionary, church worker and para-church worker in view. One of the distinctive features of Regent’s MDiv program is our long-held conviction that before students ask the question, What does it mean to be a minister? they must first ask, What does it mean to be a human being in relationship with Jesus Christ in our time? Thus, the MDiv curriculum is shaped so that the formation of the Christian person precedes and underlies the more particular formation of the Church leader. Consequently, MDiv students begin their program with the four foundational courses (see below) in which students reflect on the entire history of the people of God—in the Bible and throughout the history of the Church—in order to understand more clearly how we are actors in the same story. 24
Academic Programs In addition, the MDiv curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and perspectives that are essential for churchbased Christian service: biblical interpretation, theological understanding, historical awareness, practical training and the ability to integrate faith with life in the world. A working knowledge of at least one of the biblical languages is required. Elective options also give students the opportunity to pursue specific interests, and students may complete a concentration in a specific area if they wish. A minimum of three years is needed to complete the MDiv program. While it is possible to complete the degree in three years, many students choose to take longer; in practice, two-thirds of MDiv students complete in four years or less. Specific requirements for the MDiv program can be found beginning on page 27.
Master of Theology (ThM) The Master of Theology is the highest academic degree awarded by Regent College, requiring a previous MCS degree (or equivalent) or an MDiv degree, with a GPA of 3.5 for admission. The minimum number of credit hours required to complete the ThM is 30. The Master of Theology program is thesis-based, encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to theological studies through the development of competence in theological research and writing. The ThM also serves to provide further time for students to continue focused study in a particular area of interest, and may be a useful academic supplement to a vocational degree, providing additional preparation for doctoral studies. Specific requirements for the ThM program can be found beginning on page 28.
Program Requirements Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS) (24 credit hours) The Diploma in Christian Studies will be awarded for the successful completion of 24 credit hours of study with a grade point average of 2.7 (= Bâ€“) or better. The requirements of the DipCS program are as follows: Required Foundations:
Old Testament Foundations New Testament Foundations Christian Thought & Culture I Christian Thought & Culture II Electives
3 3 3 3 12
Note: 1. For further information concerning the DipCS program see the Academic Catalogue.
Master of Christian Studies (MCS) (60 credit hours) MCS students will choose one area of concentration. The MCS degree will be awarded for the successful completion of 60 credit hours of study with a grade point average of 3.0 (= B) or better. The requirements of the MCS program are as follows: Required Foundations:
Old Testament Foundations New Testament Foundations Christian Thought & Culture I Christian Thought & Culture II
3 3 3 3
Required Courses for all Concentrations:
Biblical Languages (for most concentrations) (12 credits for OT, NT, Biblical Studies and Theology concentrations) (27 credits for Biblical Language concentration) Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation History of Christianity I or II Systematic Theology A, B, C or Overview
3 3 3 3
Concentration Requirements/Electives & Free Electives: 36
Each of the concentrations involves 1. A 700-level seminar in the same discipline as the concentration (except for the Biblical Language concentration); and 2. A major project (see note 2 below); In addition, depending on the concentration and the major project chosen, there may be: 3. Required courses; 4. Concentration electives (courses within the area of the concentration); and 5. Free electives (courses taken from any discipline) as required to complete the 60 credit hours of the MCS program. Notes: 1. Available concentrations are listed on pp. 31ff. For further information on concentrations please refer to Regentâ€™s website. 2. Major Project: Toward the end of their program, MCS students complete a major projectâ€”a comprehensive exam (3 credits), a thesis (12 credits), or an integrative project in the arts and theology (6 or 12 credits; for those in the Christianity and Arts concentration). With the approval of the supervisor, the comprehensive exam may take the form of a major paper. 3. For further information concerning the MCS program see the Academic Catalogue.
Master of Divinity (MDiv) (90 credit hours) The MDiv degree will be awarded for the successful completion of 90 credit hours of study with a grade point average of 3.0 (= B) or better. The requirements of the MDiv program are as follows: Required Foundations:
Old Testament Foundations New Testament Foundations Christian Thought & Culture I Christian Thought & Culture II
3 3 3 3
The Soul of Ministry Christian Education and Equipping Ministry Pastoral Care Preaching & Worship Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization Supervised Ministry Biblical Exegesis & Interpretation Biblical Hermeneutics & Criticism Advanced Old Testament Exegesis or Advanced New Testament Exegesis History of Christianity I History of Christianity II Biblical Languages Pastoral Ethics or Basic Christian Ethics Systematic Theology A Systematic Theology B Systematic Theology C History of Christian Doctrine
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 12 3 3 3 3 3
Biblical Studies Interdisciplinary Studies Spiritual Theology Other Electives
3 3 3 9 Total
Notes: 1. The process of vocational discernment is crucial to the MDiv program, involving both students’ personal reflection and faculty’s observation of students. The MDiv program consists of two stages: (i) Vocational Discernment Stage, and (ii) Candidacy for the MDiv Degree Stage. Progression from the first to the second stage occurs upon the recommendation of the MDiv Committee, and this recommendation is a requirement for graduation with the MDiv degree. The Committee recommends those students who, in its opinion, are especially gifted for Christian ministry, and its recommendation is based on a variety of reports which reflect on the student’s suitability for ministry, especially reports from The Soul of Ministry and from Supervised Ministry. 27
Academic Programs 2. Regent College places high value on personal interaction in its equipping for professional ministry. Consequently, it is expected that MDiv students will spend a minimum of two years at Regent College in order to complete The Soul of Ministry, Supervised Ministry and other required courses, and also to benefit from the community of faculty and students at Regent College. 3. Concentrations in the MDiv program are optional. Students may apply a maximum of six credits of their required MDiv courses towards a concentration. Available concentrations are listed on pp. 31ff. 4. For further information concerning the MDiv program see the Academic Catalogue.
Master of Theology (ThM) (Minimum 30 credit hours) ThM students will choose one area of concentration. The Master of Theology degree will be awarded for the successful completion of the following requirements with a GPA of 3.3 (= B+) or better. The requirements of the Master of Theology program are as follows: ThM Seminars:
Methods of Theological Research Readings in Modern Protestant Thought
Seminar in area of concentration Thesis in area of concentration Electives Additional Concentration Requirements:
3 12 9 Total
Students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate level course work in the area of their concentration in addition to their seminar and thesis. The following concentrations have specific requirements as indicated below. Students who have not taken these courses in their previous degree may use their ThM electives to do so. Some students may need to take more than 30 credit hours, depending on their concentration requirements and on the courses taken in their previous studies. ThM students may be exempted from any concentration requirementsâ€”other than the thesis and the seminarsâ€”which they have completed in previous study (see the Transfer Credit and Exemption Policy in the Academic Catalogue).
Mission Studies Concentration Credit Hours Introduction to Mission & World Christianity Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization
Old Testament Concentration Credit Hours Biblical Hebrew Biblical Hermeneutics & Criticism Advanced OT Exegesis
12 3 3
New Testament Concentration Credit Hours New Testament Greek Biblical Hermeneutics & Criticism Advanced NT Exegesis 28
12 3 3
Academic Programs Biblical Languages Concentration
Spiritual Theology Concentration
Biblical Hebrew New Testament Greek Advanced Greek or Hebrew Readings The Christian Spirit Classics of Christian Spirituality
12 12 3 3 3
Theology Concentration Credit Hours History of Christian Doctrine
Students admitted to the ThM from a program other than an MDiv will need to complete the following courses, in addition to the other ThM requirements, unless they have completed them in a previous program. ThM electives may be used for this purpose.
Credit Hours Old Testament Foundations New Testament Foundations Christian Thought & Culture I Christian Thought & Culture II Biblical Exegesis & Interpretation Biblical Language (see note 3 below) History of Christianity I History of Christianity II Systematic Theology A Systematic Theology B Systematic Theology C
3 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 3 3
Notes: l. As the ThM program calls for advanced academic writing skills in English, the Admissions Office requires the submission of a sample of academic writing, in the chosen area of concentration. For current Regent students we also require an endorsement from two faculty members, one to be in the chosen area of concentration. 2. ThM students will choose one of the following areas of concentration: Applied Theology; Mission Studies; Marketplace Theology; Old Testament; New Testament; Church History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Christianity and Culture; Christianity and the Arts; Biblical Languages; Spiritual Theology; or Theology. Students will take a seminar and write a thesis in their area of concentration. For further information on concentrations please refer to Regentâ€™s website. 3. Biblical languages: ThM students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in one biblical language, Hebrew or Greek. Those concentrating in Old Testament, New Testament or Biblical Languages must complete additional language requirements. 4. Additional language requirements for the degree may include a reading competence in French, German or Latin when one of these is deemed essential to the desired program of study. 5. For further information concerning the ThM program see the Academic Catalogue.
Distance Education Distance Education offers a variety of courses for graduate credit through audio correspondence. These provide students the opportunity to take Regent courses while away from the College, thereby encouraging them to think theologically within the context of their own daily life and work. Students receive a complete set of lectures (CD, MP3-CD, iTunes U or DVD) and supplementary learning materials (for most courses). Tutorial support and assignment evaluations are provided by the professor or by a qualified grader for the course. In most cases, students may complete up to one-third of their program through audio courses (see Residence Requirements on p. 39). The following courses are currently available in this format: APPL 511 Introduction to Preaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Johnson APPL 522 Christian Education & Equipping Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Johnson APPL/SPIR 560 Taking Your Soul to Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Stevens APPL/INDS 599 Business Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Gill APPL 610 Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization . . . . . . Darrell Johnson / Charles Ringma BIBL 501 Old Testament Foundations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iain Provan BIBL 502 New Testament Foundations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rikk Watts BIBL 509 Holy Spirit in Pauline Theology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gordon Fee BIBL 524 Living in Sync: Studies on the Sermon on the Mount . . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Johnson BIBL 543 The New Testament Use of the Old . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rikk Watts BIBL/THEO 561 Letters to Colossae: Colossians, Ephesians & Philemon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.I. Packer BIBL 580 Biblical Theology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gordon Fee / Bruce Waltke BIBL 610 Book Study: Genesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Waltke BIBL 615 Book Study: Judges/Ruth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce Waltke BIBL 662 Book Study: Galatians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gordon Fee BIBL 679 Book Study: The Revelation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gordon Fee HIST 501 History of Christianity I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Toews HIST 502 History of Christianity II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donald Lewis HIST 560 The Agonies & the Ecstasies: Ancient Christian Biographies . . . . . . . . . . John Toews INDS/SPIR 563 Jesus in Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maxine Hancock INDS/SPIR 578 Everyday Spirituality: A Theology & Spirituality of Everyday Life . . . . . . . Paul Stevens INDS/SPIR 638 Spiritual Pilgrimage: Image & Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maxine Hancock SPIR 588 The Devotional Use of the Psalms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Houston SPIR 604 Jesus & Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eugene Peterson SPIR 648 Tell it Slant: Parables as Spiritual Direction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eugene Peterson SPIR 663 Soulcraft: Spiritual Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eugene Peterson THEO 500 Systematic Theology Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.I. Packer THEO 605 Systematic Theology A: Prolegomena, the Knowledge of God & Revelation. . . J.I. Packer THEO 606 Systematic Theology B: Christology, Soteriology & Anthropology . . . . . . . . J.I. Packer Systematic Theology B: Creation, Christology, Soteriology & Anthropology John G. Stackhouse, Jr. THEO 606 THEO 607 Systematic Theology C: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology & Eschatology . . . . . Stanley Grenz THEO 620 Theology of Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Ringma THEO 630 Pastoral Ethics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ross Hastings 30
Concentrations For further information regarding these concentrations, please see Regent’s website and the Academic Catalogue.
Applied Concentrations Applied Theology/Pastoral Ministry Regent College recognizes the importance of assimilating Scripture, theology and languages into the Christian lifestyle. The Applied Theology concentration (for MCS and ThM students) and Pastoral Ministry concentration (for MDiv students) are concerned with the personal application of faith as lived experience. Under the guidance of faculty members who have spent significant portions of their lives immersed in the practice of church-based Christian service, these concentrations provide opportunity for the integration of theory and practice relevant to church-based Christian service in the church, parachurch, mission or society at large. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Preaching and Worship Christian Education and Equipping Ministry Introduction to Christian Counselling Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization Advanced Preaching Pastoral Care Ministry and Spirituality
Mission Studies Mission today involves the whole church bringing the whole gospel to the whole world. Holistic mission undertakes the work of evangelism, church-planting, social concern and the work of social transformation as the people of God pray and work so that more of God’s shalom and kingdom will be manifest in our beautiful but deeply broken, alienated and divided world. The Mission Studies concentration promotes this vision of mission within an educational community that is missiological in intent (in all the disciplines), international in composition and located in the multi-cultural environment of Vancouver and its place in the Pacific Rim. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Introduction to Mission Studies Theology of Mission World Religions Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization Christian Apologetics History of Missions Urban Anthropology and Mission
Bible Concentrations Old Testament In relating the story of God and his chosen people, Israel, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the faith of Christians. The Old Testament concentration leads students to explore, through these ancient writings, the character of God, his commitment to restore his people and all of creation, and both positive and negative 31
Academic Programs human responses to God’s grace. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages students to draw on the rich resources of the Old Testament in expressing their Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in Old Testament. Students are encouraged to meet with the coordinator early in their program in order to determine the overall shape of their concentration. Typical courses include: ■
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism Old Testament Book Studies ■ Advanced Old Testament Exegesis ■ Advanced Hebrew Readings ■
New Testament In relating the story of Jesus Christ, and in reflecting on what God was doing through Jesus, the New Testament brings the story of the Old Testament to a climax. The New Testament concentration leads students to explore the significance of the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ within the context of restoring his people and all of creation. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages students to draw on the rich resources of the New Testament in expressing their Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in New Testament. Students are encouraged to meet with the coordinator early in their program in order to determine the overall shape of their concentration. Typical courses include: ■
Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism New Testament Book Studies ■ Advanced New Testament Exegesis ■ Advanced Greek Readings ■
Biblical Studies A concentration in Biblical Studies is available for MCS students who want to develop a biblical perspective which involves both the Old and the New Testament. This is a combination of the two previous concentrations, culminating in both an Old and a New Testament comprehensive exam (no thesis option). Students planning to proceed to advanced study in either Testament, however, are advised that additional language study will likely be required beyond what is required for this concentration. Required courses include: ■
Advanced Old Testament Exegesis Advanced New Testament Exegesis ■ Old Testament Seminar ■ New Testament Seminar ■
Church History Concentration The study of Christian history is an integral aspect of our identity as Christians. In a postmodern culture that disdains the past, appreciation of our roots becomes all the more important in Christian self-understanding. The Church History concentration leads students to explore the significance of key people, events and movements in the continuing story of God’s people—the church of Jesus Christ. In addition to basic courses which survey the history of the church, students will also have the opportunity to focus in depth on the life of the 32
Academic Programs church during specific eras. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
History of Christianity I & II Studies in Christian Biography History of Women in the Christian Church Historical Roots of Evangelical Spirituality History of Missions History of Great Pastors
Interdisciplinary Concentrations Interdisciplinary Studies The mission of Regent College involves the recognition that God calls his people to claim the whole of human life for Jesus Christ. The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration seeks to foster this by learning to think Christianly in the context of exploring topics that normally lie outside the theological curriculum. In Interdisciplinary Studies courses, students are challenged to reflect, from a Christian perspective, on topics such as philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, art, literature, etc. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of such topics in their concentration, or to delve deeper in one area. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Medical Ethics Gender, Sexuality & the Christian Community The Christian Mind Earthkeeping: The Christian in Creation Christian Perspectives on the History of Philosophy Reading Film: A Theological Approach
Christianity and Culture Jesus did not merely attract followers to enjoy fellowship with him in privacy, but sent them out into the world God loves. The Christianity and Culture concentration stands at the junction of the church and world. It seeks to understand the world today with analytical clarity, with passionate concern for its ills, and with enjoyment of its benefits. It considers the various stances Christians have taken, and now can take, to live in the world. And it equips Christians to represent Christ with faithfulness, effectiveness and hope in the whole range of vocations to which God calls Christians. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Theology of Culture Building Christian Communities Christian Faith & Practice in a Postmodern World Exegeting Popular Culture World Religions Christian Apologetics
Christianity and the Arts Regent College recognizes the importance of the arts as an expression of human creativity. The Christianity and the Arts concentration offers students the opportunity to integrate various forms of art with the Christian faith. Building on a foundational course in aesthetics (The Christian Imagination), students may choose from 33
Academic Programs a diverse selection of courses in literature, poetry, music, graphic arts and dance. The course mixture is further enriched by Regent’s own Lookout Gallery, performance space both in Regent’s main auditorium and atrium and by the presence in Vancouver of many Christian artists who are associated with Regent College (e.g., Pacific Theatre). Further, Regent can assist students seeking a mentored relationship with a local artist, playwright or musician. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
The Christian Imagination Jesus in Literature Creative Prose Soul Food: Devotional Poetry as a Source of Spiritual Nurture Spiritual Pilgrimage: Image and Experience Art into the Twenty-First Century Jesus and Film
Biblical Languages Concentration The Biblical Languages concentration focuses on both Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek, and attempts to give students a solid base of knowledge and competence in these areas. It is particularly suitable for those who intend to pursue doctoral studies in Bible, or who desire to teach biblical languages. In this concentration, two years of both languages are required, and language study at the advanced level or within the context of advanced exegetical courses is recommended. Although a firm grasp of both Hebrew and Greek is required, one of these languages will serve as a focus within the concentration and additional work in this language will be expected.
Marketplace Theology Concentration Regent College is an international centre for vocational integration and the formation of leaders for marketplace mission. In the Marketplace Theology concentration, ‘marketplace’ is understood as the public marketplace of ideas and students are equipped to express Christian faith within the context of a wide range of societal roles and occupations. The concentration is enhanced by the staff and projects of the Marketplace Institute (see p. 37), including a leadership internship programme available to second year students. Current faculty, associate and staff expertise includes experience of business, professional services, healthcare, law, public policy, education and science. Typical courses include: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Theology of the Marketplace/Public Square Supervised Marketplace Field Immersion Vocation, Work and Ministry Christianity and Capitalism Business as Mission: Engaging with Christian Social Enterprise The Theory and Practice of Public Christian Leadership Spirituality of Work
Spiritual Theology Concentration In the Spiritual Theology concentration, students explore the relationship of their lives in the world with their real life in God. In contrast to the humanistic search for personal transcendence that passes for “spirituality” today, Christian Spirituality is theological: it is founded on and inspired by the triune God revealed in Scripture and in Christ; it cultivates responsiveness to the seeking Father; it fully engages the mind, heart and body; it is, as William Perkins once said, “the science of living blessedly forever.” But it is not only a personal quest; spiritual theology involves active engagement with the world and the needs of others through mission, work, ministry and prayer. Typical courses include: ■
The Christian Spirit Mission and Spirituality ■ Spiritual Discernment ■ Historical Roots of Evangelical Spirituality ■ Classics of Christian Spirituality ■
Theology Concentration Theology is the discipline in which we integrate various resources of God’s revelation and human inquiry into as clear an understanding as we can reach of God and his world. Theology is thus the web by which we connect all our thinking as Christians, even as it serves the larger and higher purpose of loving God and serving the world he loves. The Theology concentration gives students the opportunity to explore both broadly and in depth the doctrines of the Christian faith. Typical courses include: ■
Systematic Theology A: Prolegomena, the Knowledge of God and Revelation Systematic Theology B: Creation, Christology, Soteriology and Anthropology ■ Systematic Theology C: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology ■ Pastoral Ethics ■ History of Christian Doctrine ■
Anglican Studies Program Regent College offers a program in Anglican Studies for both lay people and those intent on the ordained Anglican ministry. Those interested in Anglican ordination are able to take courses in their Master of Divinity degree at Regent which prepare them for church-based Christian service in the Anglican Communion worldwide. All Regent students, however, are welcome to take courses in Anglican studies offered in the program. Additionally, Regent has partnered with Wycliffe Hall, a permanent private hall of Oxford University, in an exchange program. Regent students who meet the Oxford entrance requirements are able to do two terms of their Master of Divinity degree in Oxford, and Wycliffe students are able to come to study at Regent College. As part of our program, regular Anglican worship is held at the College during the academic terms. The Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer is the director of the program. Those interested in further details should request the Anglican Studies brochure from the College Admissions Office, or contact the program secretary, Dr. Donald Lewis.
Chinese Studies Program In the past two decades, Vancouver has become an attractive destination for a large number of overseas Chinese intellectuals pursuing scholarly research, as well as many Chinese immigrants from the Pacific Rim seeking to settle in Canada. In Vancouver, students and immigrants from the Pacific Rim have the opportunity to explore the cultures of the West, including Christianity, in an open and free environment. With a vibrant Chinese community settled in this most livable and multi-cultural city, Regent College’s Chinese Studies Program (CSP) has become an ideal meetingplace for Chinese scholars and Western academics to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue between Christianity and Chinese culture.
Joint Education Project with Universities in Mainland China The CSP recruits promising doctoral students from leading Chinese universities to do part of their doctoral programs at Regent College. The “Program for the Joint-Training of Mainland Chinese PhD Students in Christian/Religious Studies” (JTPHDS) was established in 1996, and as of 2007 we have agreements with ten Chinese universities to jointly train PhD students with special interests in Christian studies. Over 100 doctoral students have participated in the program. In 2007, one of our Chinese scholars was awarded a scholarship under the State Scholarship Fund of China to pursue her studies in Canada. In 2008, a second student was awarded such a scholarship; her husband was a former student in the JTPHDS program. In 2004, five Regent College faculty members joined Dr. Edwin Hui, Dean of the CSP, on a tour of China. They were warmly received and honored by many of the top universities. Representatives of these universities confirmed that in the field of Christian Studies, Regent College is the best-known and most widely respected western institution in China, and has done much to explain Christianity’s significance as a living cultural and religious movement in the West.
Publications Since 1993 the CSP has published the Regent Chinese Journal, an academic journal devoted exclusively to the dialogue between Christian faith and Chinese culture. Many Chinese scholars publish their research results or join in academic discussion in this journal, which is read broadly in Chinese academic circles. In order to increase the influence of the journal, the publication was moved to China and renamed the Regent Review of Christian Thoughts (RRCT) in 2005, published biannually by Shanghai People’s Publishers. The CSP also publishes a Chinese-language newsletter two times a year. As part of the CSP’s effort to promote Christianity in a Chinese context, the CSP has published two monograph series and is planning a third. As of 2007, a total of twelve volumes have been published.
Annual National Conference for Chinese Scholars Interested in Christianity Since 1997 the CSP, in collaboration with the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, has held a national conference for Chinese scholars. This symposium, initially organized to provide a forum for Regent’s CSP alumni, has evolved to become an annual nationwide event for Chinese academics involved in Christian Studies. This symposium usually lasts four days and is held in Beijing in December of each year. The 2007 symposium was attended by over 160 scholars.
CSP Website Since 2001 the CSP has maintained a website <www.regentcsp.org> that seeks to make available the resources of the program to Chinese scholars in Mainland China. The Regent Chinese Journal and various articles, many of them written by Regent alumni in China, are made available in this format. 36
Marketplace Institute The Marketplace Institute began in 2001 as a means of expanding Regent College’s influence in the public marketplace. It is a theological research and design institute that desires to embody and promote the gospel in public life. The Institute’s offices are situated within Regent College and though its activities are international, there are many points of connection with current students at the Vancouver campus. The Institute’s activities are organised around four main programme areas: ■
Research – aimed at engaging with and equipping Christians for effective function and dialogue in major spheres of cultural life, the Institute’s work is focused on four main topic areas arising from the interests and expertise of Regent College faculty: Economy, Environment, Science and Technology, and Pluralism. Much of the content of this work is published via international conferences or on the Institute’s website, though on-campus lectures and local events are typically hosted each term, and opportunities are available for students to contribute to this work.
Leadership Development – the Institute’s internship programme is offered to second year Regent students willing to live together under a community rule while receiving leadership training and mentoring alongside their regular Regent studies. Executive Leadership retreats are intended to help established leaders find rest, renewal and friendship in a safe context where they can reflect deeply on their daily work. The Institute also organises on-campus Executive Immersions for those wishing to engage the theological community at Regent without registering for courses.
Missional Communities – the Institute seeks to envision and equip Christians for marketplace mission. A primary focus is to initiate and support groups bound together by a common purpose for a particular geography, industry or occupation. Regent College alumni are frequently prominent members or leaders of such groups, and the Institute seeks to equip students to support and lead missional communities in the marketplace during their time at Regent.
Social Enterprise Incubator – many Regent graduates have gone on to start successful businesses in a wide variety of industries. The Incubator provides practical support and theoretical grounding for students and entrepreneurs wishing to innovate and initiate organisations with explicit theological design and for the purpose of advancing a Christian social vision for public life.
In each of these areas, the Institute undertakes consulting work for third party organisations to help support its activities and sharpen its knowledge base. On-campus life is enriched through the presence of Marketplace Institute senior staff and the associates and partners involved in delivering the various programmes. Students have opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the Institute’s work, including occasional remunerated activity for those appropriately skilled. For more information on the Marketplace Institute, please visit http://marketplace.regent-college.edu/.
Academic policies of particular interest to those considering study at Regent are described below. For further academic information, see the Academic Catalogue.
p. 30.) Students who intend to transfer credits from another institution and to take courses by distance education must plan carefully so that they do meet the Residence Requirement.
Time Limits for Completion of Programs
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, students must complete the following number of credits in residence: ■
DipCS: 12 credits MCS: 30 credits ■ MDiv: 45 credits ■ ThM: 24 credits ■
Residency is defined as study pursued on the Vancouver campus in Fall, Winter or Summer Terms. Distance education courses do not serve to fulfill the residency requirement; however, DipCS, MCS and MDiv students are permitted to complete up to one-third of their program through distance education courses; students in the ThM program may complete up to one-third of their program by distance education provided they fulfill the ThM residency requirement of 24 credits. (For further information on distance education courses see
Upon acceptance to a program at Regent College students are permitted to postpone beginning their studies for up to one calendar year. After a postponement period of one year they must reapply should they want to study at Regent College (see p. 61). Students are expected to satisfy all program requirements in effect at the time they are accepted into a program. Students who exceed the program time limits noted below may be required to complete new program requirements should the program be revised. The time limits for each program are: ■
DipCS: No time limit MCS: 6 years ■ MDiv: 8 years ■ ThM: 5 years ■
Students are encouraged to complete their degree requirements while resident in Vancouver. Note that some required courses are offered only during Fall and Winter Terms. 39
Full-Time Status For external purposes (e.g., study permits) full-time study is defined as 18 credit (or audit) hours per academic year (September to August). For the minimum number of credits required to maintain eligibility for financial aid, see pp. 42–45.
Credit Hours and Work Load Fall and Winter Term courses are normally offered for 3 credit hours and meet 3 hours per week. Evening and weekend courses may be offered for 2 or 3 credit hours at the discretion of the instructor. In cases where a 3-credit hour course spans over two terms (Fall and Winter), students will register for half the total credit hours in each term; however, they will not receive any academic credit until the full course has been completed. Spring and Summer Session courses vary: one-week courses are normally 1 or 2 credit hours, two-week courses are 2 or 3 credit hours, threeweek courses are 3 credit hours (6 credits of Hebrew or Greek may also be taken in the Summer). Students taking courses for academic credit may expect to invest, on average, 45 hours of work into a course for each credit hour. Where applicable this includes class lectures, assigned reading, papers, assignments and exams. In any given term, a full load of academic work is considered to be 12 credit hours. While some students do take more than 12 credits per term, this is a significant amount of academic work; therefore, students are encouraged, where possible, to spread their studies out over Regent’s academic year (Fall and Winter Terms, Spring and Summer Sessions) particularly if they wish to earn 30 credit hours per year. Students for whom English is a second language are encouraged to take no more than 9 credit hours in their first term.
Transfer Credit and Exemption Students who have already completed theological studies at an accredited graduate school may be granted transfer credit for that work. Such credit will be given only for courses considered relevant to Regent’s programs and of equivalent academic standard. Credit will not normally be granted for courses which are not 40
theological in nature or have not been taught from a theological perspective. The maximum amount of transfer credit varies according to each program: ■ DipCS: 6 credits ■ MCS: 30 credits ■ MDiv: 45 credits ■ ThM: 0 credits A minimum grade of B (or a Pass in a Pass/Fail course) is required for courses to be considered for transfer. Since credits may be defined differently at different institutions, transfer credits from some institutions will be subject to a ratio to make them equal to credits taken at Regent. Transfer credit from nonaccredited institutions is not normally given. Under no circumstances will transfer credit be awarded for work or life experience. Where a particular undergraduate course from an accredited institution can be shown to have special relevance to one’s program at Regent, transfer credit may be granted at a 3:2 ratio. To be eligible, however, the course cannot have been used to satisfy the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, first- or second-year undergraduate courses will not be considered for transfer. An exception is made in the case of Greek and Hebrew which may be transferred at full credit value even though they were taken at an undergraduate level (as long as they are not part of the student’s bachelor’s degree). A minimum grade of B+ is required to be considered for transfer. Exemption from specific required courses at Regent may be requested on the basis of work done at an accredited undergraduate institution, whether as part of the student’s bachelor’s degree or not. A minimum grade of B+ is required for exemption consideration. Exemption, however, does not entail transfer of credit; therefore, alternative, normally more advanced courses in the same discipline must be taken to make up the total number of credit hours required for a diploma or degree. Application for transfer credit or exemption must be made to the Director of Admissions. In making such application, students are required to supply an official transcript from their college; they may also be asked to provide a college catalogue or course syllabus which describes the course(s) they have taken.
Financing your Education
The Real Cost of Education
Regent College recognizes the high cost of education. We do our best to make our programs affordable to students through College fund-raising initiatives and by making employment opportunities and financial aid available to students; however, the primary responsibility for meeting the costs of education remains with the student. As a private, transdenominational school, Regent College is not provided government or denominational support. In the year 2009â€“10, the cost of educating one full-time student is estimated at $20,000. While that figure seems high, especially by Canadian standards, each student will nevertheless be subsidized by about 36% of the actual cost. Tuition for a student taking 30 credits over the year will be as low as $13,380 (depending on the number of credits taken per term; see the Academic Catalogue for details). This tuition assistance is provided, for the most part, by donations from outside sources. The mission of the Collegeâ€™s Development Office is to raise funding that will cover a significant part of a studentâ€™s fees. The funds raised are referred to as the Student Support Subsidy Program. This investment in the
lives of Regent students is made possible through gifts from alumni and other individuals who care about the kind of Christian education we provide and believe in the potential of the men and women who attend the College. The following chart identifies the areas of revenue and the percentage each contributed to the total.
Donations & Gifts13% Tuition & Fees 66%
Investment & Endowment 5% Other Income 1%
Students planning to study at Regent are encouraged to plan their financial situation carefully, taking into consideration any savings they might have, possible family or church support, employment, as well as private and government student loans. 41
Tuition and Fees Regent uses a graduated tuition scheme, intended to assist full-time students. For the 2010–11 academic year, students registering for 12 or more credits are charged $446 per credit hour; students registering for 9 to 11.5 credits are charged $483 per credit hour; and students registering for less than 9 credits are charged $515 per credit hour. Details regarding the costs of tuition and other fees can be found in the Academic Catalogue.
Employment Opportunities Canadian students, their spouses and permanent residents of Canada face no legal employment restrictions. Many students find part-time work for themselves and many spouses find either part- or full-time work for themselves. Government of Canada regulations allow nonCanadian students and their spouses legal access to employment as well. Full-time non-Canadian students, who are not permanent residents of Canada, may accept “on-campus” employment or work in a pastoral role in a church. Spouses of full-time foreign students may accept part- or full-time employment either on or off campus. They must, however, obtain a work permit from Canadian Immigration prior to commencing employment (see pp. 61–62). The spousal work permit can be applied for at the same time the study permit is requested or it can be applied for by mail once resident in Canada. Additional information is available from the Admissions Office.
On-Campus Employment A limited number of work opportunities are available to students each year. The bookstore posts part-time positions regularly; other departments also post occasional openings. Notice of available positions will be posted on bulletin boards throughout the College.
Teaching Assistantships A limited number of qualified students (normally not first-year) are invited to assist Regent faculty in various course-related tasks such as grading, research, tuto42
rial preparation and copying. Selection is determined by suitability. This is an excellent opportunity for students considering a teaching career. Assistants are paid on an hourly basis for work done. All Government of Canada employment regulations apply. Most Teaching Assistantship positions are posted in March.
Student Employee Positions A number of other academic support positions are available as well, e.g., in the offices of the library, student services, administration, development and publications. Students with appropriate skills or aptitude are encouraged to consider these options. The terms of employment are identical to those of the Teaching Assistant. Student Employee positions are posted throughout the year, as they become available.
Financial Aid Several forms of financial assistance are made available to students each year. The availability and policies of the following financial aid benefits are subject to change at any time. Changes will be posted on the Financial Aid Notice Board in the College and on the College website <www.regent-college.edu>; click on Financing Your Education. Application forms are available on the Regent website or may be requested from the Financial Aid Officer at the College. In order to be eligible for financial aid from Regent, a student must be officially admitted to the College by the Admissions Office before the financial aid application deadline (see below; note that applications for both admission and financial aid may be submitted at the same time); also, he or she must not be on academic probation (see the Academic Information section of the Academic Catalogue). The funds from scholarships and bursaries (i.e., grants) may only be used toward the tuition for on-campus courses taken for credit. Students should also be aware that these funds should be declared as taxable income when filing their income tax. All non-Canadian students should apply for a Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.) upon arrival in order to receive tuition receipts for tax purposes. Note: Financial Aid money cannot be used to pay:
Financing 1) other fees; 2) tuition for distance education courses; 3) tuition for audited courses. Any unused funds at the end of the academic year revert to the College.
Academic Entrance Scholarships Application Deadlines: Fall Terms: March 1 Winter Terms: August 1 Qualifications: GPA of 3.8 or higher. Limited to firstyear students only. Benefit: Tuition payment up to a maximum of 30 credits for full scholarship. Regent College offers a limited number of Academic Entrance Scholarships to new students with a GPA of at least 3.8 on a scale of 4.0. These scholarships cover between one-half and full tuition fees (up to 30 credits) for the first year of studies. Those interested in applying should request an Academic Scholarship Application form. Applicants should also submit a Financial Aid Application, an additional academic reference to supplement the Admissions references, and a two-page essay outlining their study and career goals (this is in addition to the personal statement required for admission to the College; see p. 59). Applicants are also encouraged to submit the Bursary Program Application form (see below).
its over 36 months). NOTE: Recipients are responsible for all living expenses, textbooks and incidental fees, and thus will need to raise considerable additional support for their program at Regent College. Through Geographic Scholarships, Regent College seeks to invest in the theological education of people with proven leadership potential who come from areas of the world that are economically less advantaged. The College recognizes that those who may be uniquely gifted and strategically placed to have a significant impact for the kingdom of God often do not have access to the resources needed to study in North America. Our goal when providing Geographic Scholarships is that these students will return to their home countries after their studies, equipped to more effectively serve, teach and minister. Along with the Geographic Scholarship application and financial needs assessment forms, candidates must meet the following requirements:
Geographic Scholarships Application Deadlines: Fall Terms: February 1 Winter Terms: August 1 Qualifications: Demonstrated leadership potential. Citizenship in a country that is economically less advantaged. GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0. Benefit: Tuition and registration fees for one year (30 credits), with the possibility of renewal for a further two years (to a maximum of 60 cred43
Financing 1) be admitted to a program of study at Regent College by the Geographic Scholarship application deadline, and meet the English language admission requirements (see p. 60); 2) secure a strong, detailed letter of recommendation from a national-level church leader, or a recognized leader of an international organization; 3) supply a second character reference form in addition to the one submitted with their admission application; 4) submit a 1,000-word essay briefly describing their life journey and personal circumstances, ministry experience and future vision; 5) demonstrate a firm commitment to return home to continue work/ministry there; 6) have an accredited bachelor’s degree; applicants without bachelor’s degrees, or with non-accredited degrees, cannot be considered. Further details of these requirements are available upon request.
Bursary Program Application Deadlines: Fall Terms: March 1 Winter Terms: August 1 Qualifications: Financial need. Students must complete a minimum of 9 on-campus credits in each term (distance education credits do not qualify). Benefit: Typically between $1,000 and $2,700. The amount of support that students receive each year may increase or decrease depending on available funds and the number of bursary applicants. Bursary grants are awarded to students on the basis of demonstrated, reasonable financial need. New and returning students are encouraged to apply, regardless of nationality. Bursary grants are not intended to cover students’ complete educational costs, but to supplement their own resources. Applicants should demonstrate that they have planned well for financing their education and for ensuring a reasonable standard of living. These grants are for tuition only and will be credited directly to the student’s account, half in the Fall Term and half in the Winter Term. Students are responsible for all additional expenses such as remaining tuition and fees, books, travel and living expenses. An application for financial aid must be made each year since bursary awards are not automatically renewed. 44
Endowment Scholarships & Awards
Application Deadlines: Fall Terms: March 1 Winter Terms: August 1 Qualifications & Benefits: Specific to each scholarship and award; details available with the Financial Aid Application. Students must complete a minimum of 9 on-campus credits in each term (distance education credits do not qualify). Several endowment scholarships and awards are available to students who have a demonstrated financial need and who meet the specific scholarship requirements. Students may apply for these scholarships by completing the Endowment Scholarship section of the Financial Aid Application. Please note that only the recipients will be notified of an award as it is not possible to reply to every applicant.
External Awards & Scholarships An External Award is a donation from outside the College given to cover some or all of the tuition and fees of a specific student. Any individual or organization can pay support directly into a student’s account; these funds will be used for tuition and fees only, unless otherwise specified in writing by the donor. Cheques should be made out to Regent College with an accompanying letter identifying the student to receive the support. Such donations are not tax deductible; however, non-designated donations to the College are tax deductible. Students receiving support from an organization are required to declare this as income for tax purposes. Donations from individuals are considered to be private gifts and do not need to be declared as income. Students are encouraged to investigate outside sources of financial support which might be available. As information is available, various scholarships will be advertised on the Financial Aid notice board at Regent. Students may also research scholarship sources through their local library. The Graduate Scholarship Book and The Directory of Financial Aid for Women are both good resources. Also, Koerner Library, on the UBC campus, has a large section on scholarship searches.
Regent College offers several tuition benefits for students and their spouses. 1. Student 50% Audit Benefit: Students taking a minimum of 9 on-campus credit hours in one term are eligible to audit on-campus courses in the same term at 50% off the regular audit tuition. The 9 credit hours cannot include distance education courses. This benefit cannot be used for distance education courses or for courses with limited enrollment. 2. Spousal 100% Audit Benefit: If a student is admitted to a program and takes a minimum of 9 on-campus credit hours per term, his or her spouse is eligible to audit one course in the same term for free tuition. The purpose of this benefit is to enhance the marriage relationship, allowing both partners to share in the learning process and to facilitate the couple’s potential in joint ministry. The student’s 9 credit hours cannot include distance education courses, and this benefit cannot be used for distance education courses or for courses with priority enrollment. A student and spouse are not eligible for both this benefit and the Spousal 50% Credit Benefit. A non-refundable registration fee will be charged. 3. Spousal 50% Credit Benefit: If a student is admitted to a program and takes a minimum of 9 oncampus credit hours per term, then his or her spouse (who must also be admitted to a program) is eligible to take up to the same number of on-campus credit hours at 50% off the regular credit tuition during that same term. The purpose of this benefit is to relieve the financial burden for couples who have decided to engage in studies together. The student’s 9 credit hours cannot include distance education courses, and this benefit cannot be used for distance education courses. A student and spouse who receive this benefit are not eligible for any other Regent College tuition benefit or financial aid from the College while one of them is receiving this benefit. 4. Graduate 50% Audit Benefit: Students who have graduated from a program at Regent College are eligible to audit on-campus courses at 50% off the regular audit tuition. The purpose of this benefit is to encourage graduates to continue their theological education. This benefit cannot be used for dis-
tance education courses or for courses with priority enrollment. A non-refundable registration fee will be charged. 5. Seniors 50% Audit Benefit: Students who are 65 years of age or more are eligible to audit on-campus courses at 50% off the regular audit tuition. The purpose of this benefit is to encourage seniors, who often have a reduced income, to explore theological studies. This benefit cannot be used for distance education courses or for courses with priority enrollment. A non-refundable registration fee will be charged. 6. Parachurch Youth Organization Tuition Benefit: Regent College will grant a 50% reduction off tuition fees (up to 30 credit hours) for students currently working full-time for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Canada or USA) or Young Life (Canada). This benefit is offered only to students admitted to Regent College. Completed applications for the Parachurch Tuition Benefit must accompany each term’s registration form together with payment of applicable fees. Application must be made each term that benefits are sought. The 50% reduction benefit can be used for a maximum of 30 credit hours. Guided studies, priority enrollment courses, distance education courses and courses taken for audit are not eligible for this benefit.
Government Student Loans Canadian students are able to apply for student loans through the province where they have been in residence for a minimum of twelve consecutive months, excluding time spent in full-time studies. In order to be eligible for a Canadian student loan, students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours per term (Fall and Winter) over the loan period. Most loan applications are available on provincial government websites. Paper loan applications for some provinces are available from the Financial Aid Office. Students may also contact the appropriate provincial authority to obtain Student Loan Applications. If a student wishes to apply for a loan for studies beginning in September, applications should be made by May or June, since the process normally takes six to eight weeks. 45
American students may apply for subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford student loans. Graduate students are eligible for as much as $8500 (US) with full interest subsidy, and for an additional $12,000 (US) in unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loan interest is paid to the lender by the government; unsubsidized loans accrue interest while the student is in school. To be eligible for aid, an American student must be registered in 18 credit hours per academic year; although some funding may also be made available to students taking as few as 9 credit hours
over the year. To apply, students must first complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” form, available online at <www.fafsa.ed.gov>. Students should be sure to complete all questions fully so that the application process is not delayed. In “Section H: Information Release,” the school code for Regent College is G10675. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for further instructions as the application process has several additional steps. The application process may take up to eight weeks.
Many students are attracted to study at Regent College because of its reputation as a unique graduate school of theology. As application forms are dispatched and departure plans arranged, almost every new student wonders with certain anxiety, “What will life and study at Regent College really be like?”
Dean of Students The Dean of Students’ Office oversees a number of student life activities such as the pre-term orientation, the Fall retreat, chapel services, Tuesday soup group, community groups, the adjunct counselling services, adjunct spiritual direction, tea and conversation sessions with the faculty, re-entry seminars and some of the all-College social events. Working with the Dean of Students are the Assistant Dean of Students, the Music and Worship Coordinator, the Regent College Student Association (RCSA) president, the Adjunct Counselling Coordinator and a number of student employees. The goal of the Office is to help facilitate student interaction and to foster a spirit in which scholarship, worship and personal growth can flourish together.
New Student Orientation
All new students (and spouses) begin their time at Regent with three days of Orientation where they receive information regarding life in Vancouver, academic policies and procedures at Regent, and cross-cultural realities that help with adjustment and building friendships. Students are also introduced to staff, faculty and other members of the community. Attendance is expected of all newcomers and will help create a common ground for students who come from many different places in the world. Non-North American students are invited to an extra day in the Fall Orientation. Spouses of students are encouraged to attend Orientation, and childcare is provided. Each year students express appreciation for the way this time has helped them settle into life and study at Regent. Dates for the Fall and Winter Term Orientations and the Summer Term New Student Welcome are printed in the Calendar of Important Dates (see pp. 6–9). Further details are available from the Admissions Office or Assistant Dean of Students.
Fall Retreat In September each year, all students and their families, together with Regent faculty and staff, are invited to gather for a weekend retreat. It is here in an atmos47
Community Life phere of relaxed fellowship, worship, prayer (and, usually, more than a little creative distraction!), that the tone is set for the coming year. Retreat sign-up and fee collection takes place during Fall Term Orientation. The retreat occurs across the border in the United States, and therefore, international students are advised to determine whether they require a shortterm visa for entry into the US. If one is required, it is strongly recommended that they apply in their home country. Permanent residents of Canada are required to have a visa to enter the US. Countries that do not require a visa can be found at the US government website, <www.travel.state.gov/vwp.html>.
Worship Fostering worship and enriching the spiritual community at the College are the chief functions of Regent’s weekly Tuesday chapel services. This is one of the only regularly scheduled opportunities for the entire College family to meet together. In peak periods, particularly when the pressure of impending deadlines is most intense, chapel also becomes a kind of mini-retreat, a place to recover perspective, share joys and concerns, and encourage each other in maturing faith. A Chapel Committee under the leadership of the Music and Worship Coordinator is responsible for planning each week’s chapel. Following the service, students, faculty and staff gather together for an informal lunch of homemade soup and bread. All Regent students are encouraged to worship and participate in a church community. While chapel services form an integral part of the worship life of the College, chapel services should not be seen as a substitute for participation in a local church. Each day of the week on which chapel is not held, the College pauses for midday prayer. This is another opportunity for the College to meet together and acknowledge our dependence on God in all our efforts, both personal and corporate.
Community Groups One of the ways in which the College seeks to promote fellowship is by encouraging each student and his or her family to participate in a community group. These groups consist of an appointed faculty, staff or student leader and other students. Each week they 48
gather for an hour for fellowship and discussion. In addition, many groups plan a weekend retreat together and/or other activities such as meals, service opportunities and social activities. During the year each group also takes a turn preparing the Tuesday community lunch of homemade soup and bread and helping with child care during chapel.
Student Council A student council, the Regent College Student Association (RCSA), normally consisting of twelve members, is elected annually by the student body. Its principle responsibilities are to act as a liaison between the student body and both faculty and administration, to oversee the activities of student committees, to act as liaison to UBC, to appoint student representatives to the College’s advisory bodies (e.g., Student Life Committee of the Board, Senate, Academic Policy Committee, Academic Standards Committee), to publish the weekly newspaper Et Cetera and the annual Directory, as well as to plan social events, to stimulate involvement, and to see that student life as a whole is shaped by the interests and concerns of the entire student body. All of these are essential to Regent’s attempt to integrate faith and everyday life.
Student Profile What kinds of students will you study with at Regent? As a result of the College’s interdisciplinary emphasis, you will find that Regent students are as diverse as the personal, academic and professional backgrounds they bring to their studies. There are so many different kinds of students at Regent that you are sure to find at least one, and likely several, kindred spirits within the community. Approximately 49% of the student body is Canadian, 29% American and 22% from overseas—Asia, Europe, Britain, Oceania, Latin America and parts of Africa. Christians from virtually every denomination are represented at Regent (e.g., Presbyterian, Baptist, Anglican, Alliance, Mennonite, Pentecostal, etc.), providing a rich Christian mix and giving the student a valuable glimpse of the larger Christian community of faith that makes up the Christian Church. The male/ female ratio is about 53/47. People of all ages come to
Community Life study at Regent: 32% of the students are in their 20s, 32% in their 30s, 14% in their 40s, 15% in their 50s and 7% over 60. Regent is a distinctive school with a distinct mission. This is enriched by the cultural, denominational and disciplinary diversity of its students, staff and faculty. Whatever your background and interests might be, if you come prepared to think, to learn and to contribute to the lives of others, Regent will assist you to that end and will greatly enrich your life in return.
International Emphasis As an international graduate school of theology, Regent attracts students who appreciate a crosscultural context for their studies. The multi-cultural context of Vancouver makes an ideal setting for this. The formation of an international community begins at Orientation with teaching segments on various aspects of cross-cultural understanding. The Orientation is designed to help students who have crossed geographic or political boundaries to attend Regent, and also to increase understanding and build friendships among all students. Study groups associated with classes are often where cross-cultural friendships form. Studying together and learning from each other promote understanding of cultural perspectives on theology and Christian living. In some classes, students are also encouraged to write academic papers with their particular cultural context in mind. Several cross-cultural events take place each year. The biggest event is “Taste of the World” which includes food and entertainment from every part of the world represented at Regent. It is an evening not to be missed!
Sexual Harassment Policy The Regent community is committed to building relationships of trust and to creating a safe and healthy environment where all can work and study. Having a clear code of conduct can facilitate this. An important part of such a code in Canadian society relates to appropriate and acceptable conduct between men and women. Consequently, in order to foster healthy relationships, Regent College has developed a Sexual Harassment Policy to which all
students, faculty and staff must adhere. Any harassment of a sexual nature is unacceptable at Regent College. Any unwelcome advances, requests for favours, other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: (a) submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic pursuit; (b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual; or (c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. A brochure describing the sexual harassment policy in detail can be obtained from the Student Services Office.
Campus Life Regent College Regent College is strategically situated at the entrance to the campus of the University of British Columbia, on the far west side of the city of Vancouver. The College is housed in a three-level building on the corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall. The design of the building carefully integrates various symbols of spiritual life— light, water and garden—with the practical needs of space and shelter. The main floor holds the chapel/auditorium, a large classroom, student lounge, kitchen, prayer chapel, administrative offices, Regent Bookstore, courtyard and atrium. The upper level consists of faculty and administration offices, a classroom, staff lounge and the Lookout Art Gallery. The bottom level holds four classrooms, the RCSA office, the Student Services office, the John Richard Allison Library and The Marketplace Institute office. The College offices are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Faculty office hours vary and are posted on their office doors. 49
The Lookout Gallery Established in 1990, The Lookout Gallery has shown paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, calligraphy, etc. There have been solo and group exhibitions, showing artists from as close as Vancouver and as far as Australia and Russia. Each year we have a community exhibition with work from students, faculty, staff and spouses. Many Christianity and the Arts students show final projects in the gallery.
Affiliation with the University of British Columbia (UBC) UBC first opened as a degree-granting institution in 1915 and is now the third-largest university in Canada. Its beautifully situated 990-acre campus overlooks Burrard Inlet and commands a magnificent view of the Coast Mountain Range. UBC comprises twelve faculties and over 100 different departments, schools and research institutes serving over 40,000 students. Regent College was granted formal affiliation with the University in 1973, having met the criteria for affiliation established by the UBC Senate. This, however, does not imply any scrutiny or need for approval for any of the Regent College curriculum by UBC. Other theological colleges affiliated with the University are Carey Theological College, St. Mark’s College and Vancouver School of Theology.
The John Richard Allison Library The John Richard Allison Library (formerly The Regent Carey Library) houses the joint collections of Regent College and Carey Theological College in a brand new, state-of-the-art library facility at Regent. It is the mission of the Allison Library to collect, organize and make available information in all formats supporting the study of Christian theology and related topics; to support the research interests of the faculty; to provide access to information resources outside the Library through cooperative agreements, interlibrary loan and digital resource sharing; to provide efficient and appropriate user services; and to participate in and advance the broader world of theological librarianship. While relatively young, the Library collection supports graduate-level research. The Library houses a heavily used print collection with subject emphases in 50
Early Christianity (particularly the Church Fathers), Doctrinal, Ecclesiastical and Pastoral Theology, and the Christian Life. Other subject streams that are well represented are the Bible generally, the Old and New Testaments specifically, Church History and select Interdisciplinary studies. The collection is primarily English-based. The Library is home to several special collections, including the Houston Packer Collection—a growing collection of early printed works related to Puritan theology; the Heaven collection—a collection of works pertaining to Anglican theology primarily from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; a significant collection of rare, nineteenth-century pamphlets amassed by Anglican Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, the third son of evangelical politician William Wilberforce; a complete collection of books and most articles by Christian thinker/philosopher Jacques Ellul, as well as relevant supporting materials; and the John Conway collection—a collection consisting of materials related to the study of JewishChristian relations and the struggle of the Christian church under Nazism. The collection consists of approximately 114,300 monographs, as well as a significant number of microforms and multimedia. The Library subscribes to 380 journal titles and key electronic databases. Professional librarians are available to help patrons access the array of information resources; they provide individual reference help and periodic research seminars each term. For additional information on the Library’s collections, services, policies and hours of operation, please refer to the Library’s website, <www.allisonlibrary.regent-college.edu>.
Theological Resources on Campus One of the distinct advantages of studying at Regent is the opportunity to make use of the various library collections on campus. The Allison Library cooperates with the libraries of the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Theology (VST), and St. Mark’s College. Regent students who have paid student fees through the RCSA have access to the UBC Library—the second largest research library in Canada. The UBC Library’s collections are large and diverse and housed in several library facilities on campus. These library facilities house excellent resources for students with theological interests that intersect with disciplines such as business, education, fine arts, music, science, humanities and the social sciences. Of special note are the wide-ranging electronic databases accessed through the UBC Library. Regent students also enjoy access to the other theological libraries on campus. The Allison Library and VST’s H.R. MacMillan Library share a common catalogue (see <www.library.regent-college. edu>). VST’s collection is particularly strong in mainline protestant theology with denominational holdings that reflect the Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches of Canada. Also, St. Mark’s Micallef Memorial Library, a Catholic library, specializes in Philosophy, Scripture, Patristics, Theology, Spirituality, Lives of Saints, Church History and other areas. While the Allison Library maintains cooperative agreements with both these libraries as well as the Alloway Library at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, each require a separate library card, and library policies amongst these libraries vary significantly.
Living in Vancouver Accommodation Regent College does not have residences of its own. Students find accommodation through the rental of houses, apartments/condominiums or basement/ground floor suites in the residential areas surrounding the campus. To service our students better, the Housing Assistant <firstname.lastname@example.org> maintains an on-line housing directory of current accommodation and is available to assist students with their housing concerns. The best way to find accommodation to suit individual needs is to arrive in Vancouver early and make appointments to view rental suites in person. Estimated costs of housing and other expenses are included on the sample budget (see Regent website). Prices vary according to quality, size of accommodation and proximity to the campus. Three residence halls on the UBC campus are available to Regent College students. St. Andrew’s Hall, the Vancouver School of Theology and Carey Theological College accommodate families, couples and single students. Information and applications can be obtained by checking the websites of these residences: St. Andrew’s Hall: <www.standrews.edu>; Vancouver School of Theology: <www.vst.edu/housing>; Carey Theological College:<www.careycentre. com/facility>.
Moving to Vancouver Students entering Canada may bring personal goods (such as cars and furniture) with no import tax. They may be required, however, to sign a document stating they will not sell their goods in Canada. More details are available from the Assistant Dean of Students.
Transportation The Vancouver International Airport is located 20 minutes away from the campus by car. Once in the Metro Vancouver area, good public transportation is available. TransLink offers a good network of buses as well as other services such as SkyTrain and SeaBus. Routes and schedules can be found at their website, <www.translink.bc.ca>, or by calling their customer information line (604.953.3333) between 6:30 am and 11:30 pm. Regent students participate in the U-Pass program, which gives full access to TransLink’s local network for a discounted fee each term. Vancouver also has many cycling paths crossing the city. Many students buy a good raincoat for the wet days and cycle to Regent. UBC and Regent are separated from the city by a beautiful forested park which makes cycling and walking a wonderful experience.
Medical Insurance Hospital expenses in Canada can easily reach thousands of dollars in a very short period of time. In fact, a major illness would leave the average student with virtually unpayable debts. For this reason, all students coming to Regent are required to have medical insurance in order to register for classes. Fortunately, the government of BC provides a Medical Services Plan (MSP) which offers thorough coverage for a price which is less expensive than private insurance. (See <www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp> for detailed information.) However, MSP coverage does not begin until a waiting period has expired (typically between two and three months) after taking up residency in BC. It is mandatory that students have coverage for this interim period. Private insurance to cover this waiting period is available through local insurance companies. Further details and a health insurance application form are supplied upon admission to the College. Canadian students who do not intend to have permanent residence in BC can maintain hospital and medical coverage in their home province for the duration of their stay. Each province has different requirements for maintaining health insurance. Canadian students who choose to join the BC Medical Services Plan should be aware that a monthly premium is 52
charged, but also that premium assistance is available from the government for qualified participants. The AMS (i.e., the UBC Student Association to which Regent students belong) has an extended health plan that is mandatory for all students. This insurance covers dental work, prescription drugs, travel insurance and other services. Complete details are available from the Student Services Office. Students who already have extended health insurance, and American students who commute from Washington State, may opt out of this health plan by contacting the AMS Health Plan Office in the UBC Student Union Building. For further information on the extended health plan visit <www.ihaveaplan.ca>.
Medical Services Regent students can access medical services at the UBC Hospital across the street. Also available on campus is the Family Practice Teaching Unit. There are many fine medical doctors and hospitals in Vancouver as well as a wide range of alternative medical practices. Students can get recommendations for medical doctors, dentists, etc. from other students or the Assistant Dean of Students.
Motor Vehicle Insurance/ Driver’s License North American students can either insure their vehicle with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), or they can retain insurance coverage from their province or state providing they go through the process of registering the insurance with ICBC. Details on how to do this are supplied upon admission to the College. Students who plan to insure their vehicle in BC should bring a letter from their insurance company stating how long they have had a “no-claims” history (safe driving record); this can give them a significant discount on the insurance rates. Full-time students can retain their driver’s license from their home province or country; a BC license is not required. However, this applies only to a registered student, not to his or her spouse. Spouses can drive on their current license for three months but then are required to get a BC driver’s license. This period can be extended to six months if they have an International Driving Permit.
Regent Spouses Network
International students who are engaged in full-time studies at Regent are permitted to work on campus without restrictions on hours or types of work. They can also work for a church or parachurch organization as long as the work involves preaching doctrine, presiding over liturgical functions and/or spiritual counselling. For further information see p. 42. International spouses who hold a work permit may do any type of work in Canada on a part-time or full-time basis. Depending on the type of job desired, an Immigration medical exam may be necessary for the permit. More information is available from Admissions or the Assistant Dean of Students.
“Regent Spouses Network” is a network of spouses that gathers several times each term in different parts of the city to provide fellowship, support and a wonderful variety of practical advice and care.
Downtown and Surrounding Areas With a skyline located right on the waterfront, downtown Vancouver offers a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses that line the streets of the city. Approximately 20 minutes from campus by car, and with frequent bus service available, places to visit include Gastown, Granville Island and Stanley Park. Mountain hikes and skiing are close to the city and accessible on public transportation. BC Ferries operate frequent service to Vancouver Island and the beautiful Gulf Islands.
Climate Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located on Canada’s Pacific Coast, its oceanside, mountain-rimmed setting is magnificent. The climate is moderate with warm, pleasant summers and cool, wet winters. Snow falls on the local mountains, but only occasionally on the city of Vancouver. Come prepared, however, for rainfall of every description.
Family Life Many families find that being at Regent is a growth experience for everyone, not just the student. Spouses are encouraged to attend chapel services (child care is provided during the Fall and Winter Terms) and community groups. Families also attend the Regent Fall Retreat and other social activities. Spouses can also audit up to three classes per year for a $35 registration fee when the student is in full-time studies (see p. 45). Details are available from the Student Services Office.
Education of Children Children of Regent students here for at least one full year can attend public schools in Vancouver free of charge. The education system has a good reputation and offers a variety of school programs within the public system. (See <www.vsb.bc.ca> for more information.) The BC Ministry of Education has a helpful website, <www.gov.bc.ca/bced>, with information on curriculum and goals. There are also Christian schools and other private schools in the Vancouver area. For further information, check the websites <www.fisabc.ca> or <www.twu.ca/scsbc>. Homeschooling networks also exist in Vancouver. School-aged children of international students do not need to have their own study permit. Parents must show the valid study permit of the Regent student when registering their children in elementary or high school. All children born outside of Canada register for public school at the Vancouver School Board District Reception and Placement Centre. See <www.vsb.bc.ca/parentsfamilies/registeringforschool/default.htm>.
Child Care Services There are excellent child care facilities on the UBC campus for students, faculty, staff and alumni with children from four months to twelve years of age, although there is usually a long waiting list. Informat ion regarding these services may be obtained on the UBC Child Care website <www. childcare.ubc.ca>, through e-mailing <child-care@ housing.ubc.ca> or calling 604.822.5343. Another resource for child care is Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre which lists child care sources and preschools for Vancouver. For more information visit <www.wstcoast.org>, or e-mail them at <email@example.com> or phone 604.709.5661.
Facilities and Services Banks
Several banks offer special student accounts which reduce the service fees charged on accounts. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and the Bank of Montreal (BMO) are located across the street from Regent in the University Village. Other banks have Automated Teller Machines at various locations on campus. Additional information is available from the Assistant Dean of Students.
Regent College Bookstore Regent College owns and operates a well supplied bookstore as a service to students. In addition to textbooks, the Bookstore carries a full range of reference material, a broad selection of academic and non-academic titles and a full range of Regent lectures and courses in various audio formats. UBC Bookstore The UBC Bookstore handles a full range of university texts, trade books, general stationery, office supplies, computers, printers, software and clothing.
The Student Council has established a small computer lab with six PCs. These have Microsoft Office installed, and are connected to the Internet. Access to the computer lab is included in the cost of the
Student Association fee. Printing services and additional computers are available at a local copy centre, at a price, or at some UBC computer labs. Most students find that having their own computer is essential, as all assignments have to be handed in typed. Some bring their own equipment from home (Canadian power supply is 120V but, for those coming from outside North America, it is worth noting that most computers are dual voltage), some purchase new computers in Vancouver, while others acquire second-hand computers from students leaving Regent.
Internet / E-mail at home
In addition to accessing the Internet through a computer lab, students can also apply for a free dial-up account. These accounts, which are provided by UBC ITServices, provide 20 hours of free connection time per month. These accounts cannot be created until registration has been completed, and so are not available until the first week of term.
UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS)
All Regent College students are members of the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS). This brings a number of tangible benefits, including participation in the AMS health plan, a discount long distance calling plan, UBC recreation facilities, all UBC campus libraries, employment opportunities across the campus, and subsidised accommodation at Whistler Lodge. AMS
Community Life membership also gives students a recognized ID card, valid across the city, and the option of participation in a wide range of on-campus clubs.
Overseas students may want to take advantage of the many services and programs offered by International House, a social and cultural centre whose principal function is to orient UBC international students to their new cultural and academic setting. Located on the UBC campus, International House sponsors ESL classes, orientation sessions, day trips and social activities. The House is also open to US students. A snack bar is located on the premises.
Mailboxes, Lockers, Telephones
Student mailboxes, lockers and public telephones are available on the lower level of the College. Internal student mail is placed in the mailboxes. Personal student mail addressed to the College is accepted at the beginning of term until students are housed permanently. A limited number of lockers are available for rent on a term basis.
Students have access to all recreational facilities, including the fitness facility located in the student recreation centre known as the UBC â€œBirdcoop.â€? In addition to free weights and state-of-the-art exercise machines, aerobic classes, training sessions, certification courses, climbing and biking activities are also available. Membership fees vary according to times and frequency of visits. In addi-
tion, gymnasiums, an aquatic centre with both indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, exercise rooms, tracks, tennis, squash and racquetball courts, curling, hockey and skating rinks are open for student use. Time is set apart in the morning, afternoon and evening for free student use in the aquatic centre. A number of the other recreational facilities, however, have user-fees. Many students participate in intramural sports which include basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Over the years, Regent teams have taken home trophies in several of these sports.
Restaurants and Eateries
The Well CafĂŠ, located in the Regent College Atrium, offers a selection of coffees, teas, baked goods and light lunches. In addition to this, numerous cafeterias, coffee shops, snack bars, fast food outlets and restaurants can be found in the University Village, located across the street from Regent, in the Student Union Building and scattered throughout the UBC campus.
Student Counselling Services While faculty members are often available for informal advising, the College recognizes that it may not be able to meet the personal counselling needs of all students all the time. For this reason, it has contracted with a select group of professional Christian counselors in the city to provide counselling services for Regent College students at subsidized rates. Details regarding this Adjunct Counselling Program are available from the Student Services Office.
Admissions Prospective Students Now that you have had the opportunity to look through this Prospectus, you may have some questions about Regent College or you may be interested in taking further steps in getting to know the Regent community. Admissions staff are ready to answer your questions and assist you in any way possible. If you would like to sample what Regent has to offer, we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office and schedule a campus visit. At Regent College every campus visit is tailored to meet the needs of each prospective student. During your visit, an Admissions representative will spend time chatting with you over coffee or tea in the atrium, offering information, answering your questions, giving you a tour and suggesting classes for you to visit. With advanced notice, the Campus Visit Coordinator will also try to arrange appointments with faculty or students and offer you up to two nights’ free accommodation with current students. We also encourage prospective students to talk to our alumni who are living and working around the world. For the name of an alumnus or alumna in your area, please contact the Admissions Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For further information on the admission policies and procedures of Regent College, please see below. An Academic Catalogue will
be sent to all admitted students or upon request. The Academic Catalogue is also available in pdf format on the Regent website <www.regent-college.edu>.
Admissions Policies Regent College welcomes men and women of any race, colour, national or ethnic origin to all the programs and activities offered by the College. (Students with disabilities, please refer to p. 62.) Since space is limited, however, the College selects those applicants it believes will benefit the most from its programs. In selecting applicants for admission, the College will consider a variety of factors in addition to strong academic performance, such as employment history, voluntary activities and creative pursuits. As Regent offers only graduate level programs, the normal prerequisite for study is the possession of a recognized bachelor’s level degree. The College is aware, however, that there are some students who, for one reason or another, have not obtained a bachelor’s degree, yet have the interest and ability to study at the graduate level. For further information on studying at Regent without an undergraduate degree, please see “Mature Students” under “Types of Applicants” below. 57
Unclassified Students Anyone who has an accredited bachelor’s degree or is at least 30 years old may take up to 12 credits (maximum 6 per term) without applying for admission to the College. Such students are designated “Unclassified.” This is a temporary designation only; Unclassified students who have completed 12 credits of courses must apply for admission to a Regent program if they wish to continue taking courses. Note: Students admitted to a program are given priority in classes where space is limited. Unclassified students coming from outside of Canada who plan to study for less than six months may not require a study permit. Please contact the Assistant Dean of Students <email@example.com> for details.
uate theological degree are eligible to apply for the Master of Theology degree. ThM applicants should complete and submit the general Application for Admission form and should request the supplementary ThM Application. 4. Special Students: Applicants wishing to take more than 6 credit hours per term without enrolling in a diploma or degree program may apply as Special Students. Students who are currently enrolled in good standing at another graduate institution, and who wish to earn credits toward a degree there, would be included in this category. Applicants should complete and submit the general Application for Admission and check off the box stating that they are applying in this category.
Types of Applicants
Categories of Admission
1. Regular Students: Applicants who have an accredited bachelor’s degree should complete and submit the general Application for Admission form. On this form applicants will indicate their intention to complete the Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Christian Studies or Master of Divinity. 2. Mature Students and Non-Accredited Degree Students: Applicants who have not obtained a bachelor’s degree may be able to apply as mature students. A mature applicant must be at least 30 years old and be able to show that his or her life/vocational/educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university education. Applicants who hold a degree from a non-accredited institution can apply as non-accredited degree students. Applicants with a non-accredited degree do not fall under the same age restrictions as mature students. Both mature and non-accredited degree students should complete and submit the general Application for Admission form and check off the box stating that they are applying in this category. The accrediting body to which the College belongs (the Association of Theological Schools) limits the portion of the student body which may be admitted as mature or non-accredited degree students. Applications will be assessed according to the availability of space and the relative merits of each case. 3. ThM Students: Applicants who have completed an accredited MCS, MDiv or an equivalent grad58
Applicants admitted to Regent College will be admitted under one of the following three categories: 1. Unconditional Admission: All the requirements have been met. 2. Conditional Admission: Under special circumstances, applicants may be admitted while certain official documents are still outstanding. The outstanding documents must be sent as soon as possible. Failure to submit the outstanding documents will cause the conditional admission to be revoked. Conditional admission will be changed to unconditional admission once the outstanding documents have been received and evaluated as satisfactory. Conditional admission is not granted for outstanding English language requirements. 3. Probationary Admission: Under exceptional circumstances, applicants may be granted probationary admission despite an academic record below normal entrance requirements. Students so admitted will be permitted to register for a maximum of 9 credits in their first term and are required to take the non-credit Academic Writing course (GENR 311). The probationary status will be removed on the condition that the student has earned the minimum entrance grade point average requirement in his or her first 9 credits. Failure to earn the required grades will cause the probationary admission to be revoked. It is the policy of the College not to grant probationary admission to students coming from outside of North America.
Admissions Students admitted unconditionally to a diploma or a degree program are expected to maintain the minimum grade point average requirement for their program. Students falling below the minimum will be notified that they have been put on academic probation for the following three terms. Students falling substantially below the minimum may be dismissed from the College without probation. (For further information see the graduation requirements and probation policy in the Academic Information section in the Academic Catalogue.)
Application Requirements External Applicants For admission to Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Christian Studies, Master of Divinity and Special Student status: 1. An online application form, available on the Regent website <admissions.regent-college.edu>. 2. A non-refundable application fee of $60 CDN ($50 US). A further $20 (CDN or US) is required for late applications (see Deadlines below). Applications received without the fee will be returned. Payments may be made in the following formats: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Canadian or US cash or traveller’s cheques (if paying in person) cheque drawn on a Canadian or US bank account Canadian bank or postal money orders Internationally purchased bank draft if drawn on a Canadian bank credit card (Visa or MasterCard): please submit your account information on the application form
3. A personal statement written by the applicant describing his or her life experience, personal journey of faith and educational goals (approx. 1,000 words). Applicants for mature student status should be specific as to how their life/work/ ministry/educational experience can be seen as equivalent to a university education.
4. Official transcripts (listing all courses taken, all grades received and any credentials granted) sent directly from all universities or colleges and other institutions of higher education attended, whether or not you earned a degree from those institutions. This applies to overseas institutions as well. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation. 5. Online recommendations on forms supplied by the Admissions Office attesting to: a) the applicant’s academic performance and capacity for graduate work, and b) the applicant’s facility in interpersonal rela- tionships, social sensitivity and other signifi- cant character traits. 6. Official results of TOEFL exam (including the essay or TWE) for all applicants who speak English as a second language (see English Language Requirements below). 7. A sample research paper for all those applying for admission in the non-accredited degree category (max. 10-12 pages). 8. A writing sample for all those applying for admission in the mature category. This should be a 1,000-word, double-spaced book review on a book selected from a list provided by the Admissions Office. It should interact with the author’s ideas and not just report on them. There should be no outside proofreading. For admission to the Master of Theology: 1. All documents listed above, plus 2. An additional one-page application form specific to the ThM program (supplied on request by the Admissions Office). 3. A sample research paper in area of intended study (max. 12–15 pages).
Internal Applicants Applying from MCS/MDiv into ThM: Students currently in the MCS or MDiv program who are nearing completion may apply to the ThM program by submitting a ThM application form, a sample research paper, plus a $25 ($20 US) application fee, and having applicable faculty recommendation forms for59
Admissions warded to the Admissions Office. Students who apply to the ThM program should be aware that they will have to fulfill the degree requirements as stated in the Academic Catalogue which is current at the time of admission (should any program changes occur).
Grade Requirements for Admission Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Christian Studies and Master of Divinity The normal academic requirement for admission is an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The minimum grade point average normally considered in the admission selection process is 2.8 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent). Master of Theology The normal academic requirement for admission to the ThM program is a MCS, MDiv or equivalent degree from an accredited institution. The minimum grade point average normally considered in the admission selection process is 3.5 out of 4.0 in the preceding master’s program.
English Language Requirements The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants who do not speak English as their first language. Information about TOEFL can be found at the TOEFL website, <www.ets.org/toefl>, or by contacting TOEFL directly through e-mail <toefl@ets. org>. The institution code for Regent College is 9738. Scores are valid for a maximum of two years. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based exam scale), or 230 (computer-based exam scale) with a minimum essay score of 5, are required for acceptance to all programs at Regent College with the exception of the ThM. ThM applicants are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 108 (internet-based exam scale), or 263 (computer-based exam scale) with a minimum essay score of 5. Since tests are given only a limited number of times each year and since some countries have long waiting lists, it is vital to register well in advance for a test date. Once the test is written, it can take up to six weeks for the results to be sent to Regent. Application decisions cannot be made until the TOEFL scores have arrived. Please note that Regent College does not currently offer any English language instruction. 60
Deadlines All completed applications will be considered for admission once the application completion deadline has passed. Decisions regarding admission will be made within four weeks of the application completion deadline. ■ January 1: application completion deadline for international applicants to Summer and Fall Terms (citizens of countries outside North America who are not permanent residents of Canada or the USA). This optional deadline allows additional time for processing of study permit applications and other preparations for relocating to Vancouver. International students who wish to be considered early must have completed admission applications on file by this date. International students can also be considered at the February 1 application completion deadline. Students who wish to apply for Geographic Scholarships must have completed applications by January 1. ■ February 1: application completion deadline for all applicants to Summer and Fall Terms. Applications completed after this deadline will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this deadline will incur an additional nonrefundable late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Normally, space availability is only known after the June 1st confirmation deadline. ■ March 1: financial aid deadline for Fall Term. Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted by the financial aid deadline to be eligible for an award. ■ June 1: confirmation deadline for Summer and Fall Term admission. ■ July 2: application completion deadline for all applicants to Winter Terms. Applications completed after this deadline will only be considered if space is available. Applications received after this deadline will incur an additional nonrefundable late fee of $20 (CDN or US), and will only be considered if space is available. Normally, space availability is only known after the November 1st confirmation deadline.
August 1: financial aid deadline for Winter Term. Students may submit financial aid applications before being admitted to the College; however, they must be admitted by the financial aid deadline to be eligible for an award. ■ November 1: confirmation deadline for Winter Term admission.
Confirmation Procedure In order to help the College in planning course offerings, admitted students are required to officially confirm the acceptance of their admission by returning the confirmation form that is included in their admission package, accompanied by a $250 non-refundable confirmation deposit. This confirmation deposit will be applied to tuition only in the term confirmed. Confirmation deadlines are listed above. Space may not be available for students who do not officially confirm their acceptance by the stated deadline.
Registration Procedure Admitted students are encouraged to register early for classes. Information and the applicable forms are mailed out to admitted students in advance of the term for which they have been admitted.
Postponement of Studies Upon acceptance into a program at Regent College, students are permitted to postpone beginning their studies for up to one year. After a postponement period of one year, students must reapply should they wish to study at Regent. The confirmation deposit must be paid at the time of postponement to reserve a place in a future term. If a confirmation deposit has already been paid for the original term and a student postpones after the confirmation deadline has passed, a new confirmation deposit will be required at the time of postponement.
American Students Citizens and permanent residents of the United States planning to study in Canada for six months or longer must apply to Immigration Canada for a study permit which allows them to study in Canada. This is done at the port of entry (e.g., airport or border crossing) when the student is moving to Canada.
Immigration Canada charges an application fee of $125 CDN for each study permit (subject to change). Spouses of full-time students may also apply for a work permit upon entry to Canada or by mail once they have arrived in Canada; the current fee is $150 (subject to change). Spouses of full-time students who intend to study part-time should contact the Assistant Dean of Students at Regent College <firstname.lastname@example.org> for advice. Immigration Canada requires that the following documents be presented when applying for the permit: 1. Proof of identification (passport or birth certificate with photo ID). 2. Official letter of acceptance from Regent College stating the program and dates of study. Photocopies or faxes are not usually accepted. 3. Evidence of adequate funds to live and study in Canada, including return transportation: current guidelines used by Immigration officials are $18,000 CDN per year for singles; $22,000 CDN per year for couples (for families add $3,000 per year for each child). Proof of adequate funds may be in the form of bank statements, student loan documents, scholarship and bursary awards, or pledges of support from other organizations or individuals.
International Students The term “international” is used at Regent to refer to students who come to study at Regent from outside of Canada and the United States. While the application procedure for international students is as stated above, the following guidelines and advice should be noted. When considering applications from international students, attention is given to a candidate’s motivation for study at Regent, competence in English, university performance and program, academic and personal references and financial resources. International students planning to study in Canada for six months or longer should apply for a study permit (and, in some countries, an entry visa also) at the nearest Canadian consulate. For more information on the policies and procedures for obtaining a study permit and/or entry visa, you may wish to 61
Admissions visit the Immigration Canada website at <www.cic. gc.ca>. Immigration Canada charges an application fee of $125 CDN for each study permit (subject to change). Spouses of full-time students may also apply for a work permit at this time, upon entry to Canada, or by mail once they have arrived in Canada; the current fee is $150 (subject to change). Spouses of fulltime students who intend to study part-time should contact the Assistant Dean of Students. An immigration official will indicate which of the following documents are required for study and/or work permits: 1. A valid passport. 2. Official letter of acceptance from Regent College stating the program and dates of study. Photocopies or faxes are not usually accepted. 3. Evidence of adequate funds to live and study in Canada, including return transportation: current guidelines used by Immigration officials are $18,000 CDN per year for singles; $22,000 CDN per year for couples (for families add $3,000 per year for each child). Proof of adequate funds may be in the form of bank statements, scholarship and bursary awards, or pledges of support from other organizations. 4. Evidence of good character and, if applicable, a letter from a sponsoring organization. 5. Evidence that the applicant plans to return to his or her country of origin. 6. Certificate of medical clearance from a doctor appointed by the Canadian consulate. International students as well as permanent resi-
dents of Canada intending to visit the US or take part in Regent’s Annual Fall Retreat (see pp. 47–48) held in Washington State may require a US visitor’s visa. (The requirement varies depending on your home country. Please check with your nearest US consulate.) Since many international students have had difficulty obtaining one once they have arrived in Canada, students who require a US visitor’s visa should apply for one while in their home country.
Students with Disabilities
Academically qualified students who have physical, sensory, or specific learning disabilities are encouraged to apply for admission to Regent College. Through an agreement with the University of British Columbia’s Access & Diversity office, Regent offers a wide variety of services designed to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. Regent is committed to providing support for students to the extent that our resources permit. Students requiring special assistance or consideration in order to meet program requirements should advise the Regent College Registrar of this need as soon as possible to allow arrangements to be made. Students may also contact the Access & Diversity office at the University of British Columbia for a description of the services available and to arrange access to them. The office is located at Rm 1203–1874 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1; phone: 604.822.5844; fax: 604.822.6655; e-mail: <email@example.com>; website: <www.students.ubc.ca/access/drc.cfm>.
Applications for admission to Regent College can be downloaded from our website at: <http://www.regent-college.edu/application>. If you would prefer to receive an application by mail, please contact the Admissions Office.
E-mail Addresses Academic Deanâ€™s Office
Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org (questions about application process, programs, campus visits; requests for information, catalogues, forms)
Chinese Studies Department
Development (mailing list, donor relations)
International Student Services
Student Accounts Officer
Student Services Office
Maps & Addresses
Regent College 5800 University Boulevard Vancouver BC V6T 2E4, Canada 604.224.3245 Toll free 1.800.663.8664 For detailed directions to Regent College, please refer to <www.regent-college.edu/directions> Carey Theological College 5920 Iona Drive Vancouver BC V6T 1J6, Canada 604.224.4308 St. Markâ€™s College 5935 Iona Drive Vancouver BC V6T 1J7, Canada 604.224.3311 University of British Columbia 2075 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3, Canada 604.822.2211 Vancouver School of Theology 6000 Iona Drive Vancouver BC V6T 1L4, Canada 604.228.9031
A Academic Entrance Scholarships (see Financial Aid) Academic Policies 39–40 Academic Programs 23–37 Accommodation 51 Accreditation 5 Admission Categories 58–59 Admission Policies 57–59 Admission Requirements Deadlines 60–61 English Language 60 External Applicants 59 Grades 60 Internal Applicants 59–60 Admissions 57–62 American Students 61 Anglican Studies Program 35 Applicants, Types of 58 Application Forms 63 Art Gallery (see Lookout Gallery) Distance Education Courses 30 Auditing Privileges 45
Community Life 47–55 Comprehensive Examination 24 Computer Services 54 Concentrations 31–35 Confirmation Procedure 61 Core Values 3–4 Counselling Services 55 Credit Hours 40
D Dates (see Calendar of Important Dates) Deadlines 6–9 for Admissions Application 60–61 for Financial Aid Application 42–44 Confirmation 62 Dean of Students 47 Demographics (see Student Profile) Diploma in Christian Studies 23, 25 Directions to Regent (see Maps & Addresses) Disabilities 62 Distance Education 30 Driver’s License 52
Banking 54 Bookstores 54 Bursaries (see Financial Aid)
E-mail (see Computer Services) E-mail Addresses 63 Employment 42, 53 English Test (see Language Requirements) Entrance Requirements (see Admissions Requirements) Ethos 5 Exemption from Required Courses 40 Expenses Cost of Education 41
C Calendar of Important Dates 6–9 Campus Visits 57 Car Insurance 52 Chapel (see Worship) Children Child Care Services 53 Schooling 53 Chinese Studies Program 36 Community Groups 48
F Faculty 11–21 Fall Retreat 47–48 Fall Term 5 67
Index Families 53 Financial Aid 42–46 Full-time Status 40
G Geographic Scholarships (see Financial Aid) Government Student Loans (see Student Loans)
H History of the College 2 Housing (see Accommodation)
I Immigration 61–62 Insurance (see Medical Insurance or Vehicle Insurance) Integrative Project in the Arts and Theology 24 International Emphasis 40 International House 55 International Students 61–62
L Language Requirements Biblical 26–29 English 60 for ThM Program 29 Libraries 50–51 Lockers 55 Lookout Gallery 50
M Mailboxes 55 Maps & Addresses 64–65 Marketplace Institute 37 Masters Programs Master of Christian Studies 23–24, 26 Master of Divinity 24–25, 27–28 Master of Theology 25, 28–29 Mature Students 58–59 Medical Insurance 52 Medical Services 52 Mission Global Mission 2 Educational Mission 2–3
R Recreational Facilities 55 Registration for Courses 61 Regular Students 58 Residence Requirements 39 MDiv Program 28 Retreat (see Fall Retreat)
S Scholarships (see Financial Aid) Seniors Benefit 45 Sexual Harassment Policy 49 Special Students 58 Spouses 45, 47, 53, 61–62 Student Council 48 Student Loans 45–46 Student Profile 48–49 Study Permits (see Immigration) Summer Term 5 Supervised Ministry 27–28
T Teaching Assistantships 42 Theological Position 4 Thesis 24 ThM Students (Application) 58–60 Time Limits for Programs 39 TOEFL (see Language Requirements) Transfer Credit 40 Transportation 52 Tuition 41–42 Tuition Benefits 45
U Unclassified Students 58 University of British Columbia 5, 50–55
V Vancouver 51–53 Vehicle Insurance 52 Visas (see Immigration) Visits (see Campus Visits)
N, O, P
Non-Accredited Degree Students 58–59 Orientation 47 Parachurch Tuition Benefits 45 Postponement of Studies 61 Program Requirements 25-29
Weekend Courses 5 Winter Term 5 Work Load 40 Work-Study Positions 42 Worship 48