What is the Summative Evaluation?
A key aspect of completing your MACS is your Summative Evaluation. The Summative Evaluation is a final assessment of your learning throughout your time in the MACS program. This evaluation not only allows the seminary to assess the program’s effectiveness in helping you achieve the program-level objectives, it is incorporated into your time of study to provide the opportunity to immediately apply the materials you learn in class to a personal and tangible product that would be valuable for your own personal life, work, and/or ministry.
What are my options for the evaluation?
In order to provide you with the option to complete a Summative Evaluation that is tailored to your individual goals after the program is completed, you will have the opportunity to choose between a Comprehensive Exam, an Integrative Thesis, and a Capstone Project.
The Comprehensive Exam is an online exam designed to assess your knowledge of course content and your ability to synthesize and explain content of the program’s major topics, as well as connect them to matters of life and ministry.
The Integrative Thesis is scholarly document that analyzes an existing concept, phenomenon, or text(s) in light of current theory and research. Its purpose is to demonstrate your ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize information, as well as your ability to defend the thesis of your paper.
The Capstone Project is a project in which the final product is a potential deliverable for a particular audience. It is more application-focused as it is meant to connect the academic components of the program to a real-world context, as well as your ability to provide a rationale for the project.
What is the timeline for my evaluation?
Toward the beginning of your program, you are required to read the Summative Evaluation Guide. This Guide provides detailed descriptions of the evaluation and its options and should be referenced often for guidance. To aid you in the process, please reference the chart below for a basic timeline of events when completing your Summative Evaluation.
For more detailed information about the Summative Evaluation, please refer to the Summative Evaluation Guide.
Please refer to the calendar below to discern when you will need to complete and submit your Summative Evaluation and proposal. As an example, if you plan to graduate at the conclusion of the October 2019 term, your proposal will be due June 24 and your completed Summative Evaluation will be due by November 23.