Research with Human Subjects and Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval
Students completing projects involving research with human subjects are required to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to beginning such research, in order to ensure the protection of these subjects. The IRB application usually is submitted close to, or directly after, the proposal is approved by the Project Director and Committee.
CITI Program Training
Before IRB application, completion of the CITI Program online training through DU is required. All DMin students engaging in human subjects research will pay a $35 fee to Iliff for the cost of this training. Students enrolled in IST 5015 Research Methods and Ethics in Lived Religion / Practical Theology will automatically be charged this fee upon registration. Information about accessing the training will be provided to students in the course.
Submission and Approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application
The IRB application, review, and approval process is conducted through the University of Denver (DU), not through the Iliff School of Theology. The Project Director may offer guidance on the proposal and its implications for research with human subjects, but the student is responsible for completing the application. Additional information in this regard is shared with students in the IST 5015 Research Methods and Ethics in Lived Religion / Practical Theology and IST 5025 Proposal Seminar courses.
Final projects and theses involving research with human subjects must be approved through the IRB before such research can begin.
All students submitting an application to DU will be charged a fee of $100 through the Iliff Business Office in order to offset costs for Iliff's use of this service through DU.
Information about types of applications, forms, and protocols is found on the DU Human Subject Research (IRB) website. For additional questions, contact the DMin Director(s).