Upon successful completion of all four modules, students must submit a final project before being qualified for graduation from the program. The Final Project is worth 24 ECTS credits and constitutes over 25 percent of the total degree.
Some students may prefer to write an academic research paper with demonstrable application whereas others may prefer to complete a practical project with solidly researched foundations. While both of these are encouraged, it is important to remember that the Final Project is expected to have both academic and applied components. It is not required that these two components be equally weighed in each project.
Leading up to and during their last module residency and before beginning the Final Project, students:
- Participate in the Research Methods Module online,
- Complete Final Project Orientation online,
- Electronically submit a Final Project Proposal,
- Determine a final project supervisor [in conversation with MRel Leadership].
Once the student’s final project has been approved by MRel Leadership the student is free to start working on it. The written component of the final project is approximately 20,000 words in length and needs to demonstrate a certain level of creativity and innovation, although not one comparable to a doctoral level project.
It is expected that the final project be submitted within one year of completion of the student’s the last module.
Before starting the final project, students must complete the following:
- Research Methods Module
- Final Project Orientation
- Final Project Proposal
Within the research methods module, students will be introduced to the basics of conducting text-based library research and the development of quality reports based upon that research, and touches upon other relevant topics. Students will be introduced to specific elements of historical, social, and religious/theological research within specific core modules of the MRel in MENA Studies program.
As part of the Final Project Orientation students:
- Interact online with instructors and fellow students,
- Are assigned a faculty supervisor,
- Submit the their project proposal and receive feedback from instructors and fellow students.
For their Project Proposal, students are to submit a report which answers the following questions:
- Will the project be a research paper with demonstrable application or a practical project with solidly researched foundations?
- What topic/problem is to be addressed by the project?
- How, or by what methods, does the project plan to address the topic/problem described?
- Which resources will be used to address the topic/problem?
Within one month of enrolling in the Final Project Orientation, students must submit the final draft of their Project Proposal and await approval from MRel Leadership. Once the proposal has been approved, student are free to begin working on the Final Project.
 Additional details and assignment instructions will be available to students upon enrollment into the final project orientation.