Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
THEO 702 Thesis 6 sem. hrs.
For the Master’s thesis, typically a paper of approximately 60-75 pages is required. Students should present a substantive, well-crafted and focused thesis that is of significant pastoral interest. The student will demonstrate competence in a specific area chosen in consultation with an advisor (most typically a professor from the Theology Faculty). The completed project/thesis will reflect the student's graduate-level ability for in-depth research and will include:
Although the thesis format may vary according to the nature of the topic to be explored, scholarly and academic standards are expected throughout. The student is not expected to conduct re-search with the expansive rigor of a doctoral dissertation. However, he or she is expected to demonstrate both familiarity with scholarly literature and evidence growing expertise in the chosen area. The student will be responsible for proof-reading the final work, checking for clear grammar, academically appropriate style, clear and effective articulation of theological thought, and exploring abstract thinking. The final component of the Culminating Assignment is a one-hour oral qualifying exam/discussion with a panel of the theology faculty. This dialogue will reveal that, through one’s academic study and research, in the thesis, one has developed an integrated framework in theological reflection and ecclesial leadership praxis.
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