Master of Arts - Research/Master of Theology
The MAR/Thm is a graduate-level program that consists of 36 credit hours of study. There are five components to this program: completion of required reading and research, thesis proposal, thesis submission, thesis review, and defense.
Theological Studies (Systematics or Biblical Theology)
Biblical Studies (NT or OT)
Apologetics (Polemics or Christian Philosophy)
Historical Studies (Biblical History or Church History)
Practical Theology (Homiletics or Biblical Counseling)
Classical Studies (Christian Literature & Languages)
I. Reading & Research
During this phase, students will conduct significant reading and research while determining the direction of their thesis. Production of a bibliography is critical at this stage.
II. Constructing a Thesis Proposal
Thesis topics must relevant to the student's MA concentration. Using the materials from Scholarly Research and Writing and the information available at this web page to develop your thesis statement. Submit your thesis proposal to your academic adviser. Upon approval, you may begin constructing your thesis.
III. Construct and Submit Thesis
The construction of a thesis affords you the opportunity to conduct scholarly research into the area of your choice, albeit limited to theological disciplines. Your thesis must be no less than 90 pages and be in accordance with Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, esp. 371-408. A thesis must interact significantly with primary sources, resulting in credible and substantive research, providing critique and evaluation. Every eight weeks you must submit your progress to your academic adviser for review. Your academic adviser will offer a constructive critique of your work throughout the program, helping to prepare your work for committee review. Upon completion and approval from your academic adviser, submit your thesis in either .doc or .docx format.
IV. Thesis Review
The Thesis/Dissertation review committee will thoroughly review your paper. The committee will either issue a submission approval and accept your thesis as fulfillment of the requirements of the degree program, or the thesis will be returned for further clarification or correction.
Upon acceptance, you will construct a one-hour presentation explaining your research process, conclusions, and how your contribution will serve the church. After a period of review, completion of your defense is the last phase of your program.