Dissertation Standards (page 36)

The Doctoral Candidate shall select for his dissertation a subject approved by his faculty advisor. The dissertation must exhibit originality, thoroughness of research, and must be theologically sound according to scriptural evidence. The research must be an exhaustive treatment of the chosen subject. The dissertation shall consist of a minimum of 350 pages of 8 1/2 by 11 size of at least 50,000 words. When the dissertation has been accepted by his faculty advisor, the candidate shall be prepared (if required) to appear before the graduate faculty committee and successfully defend his dissertation.


All graduate theses are to be prepared according to the research and writing standards required by the university. The graduate student must present his thoughts and research in an acceptable and grammatical style. Mere technical form is not sufficient; the material should reflect the high quality of research and knowledge along with biblical soundness expected of a graduate student. The Graduate MDiv. thesis shall be a minimum of 30,000 words and 120 pages. The M.A. thesis shall consist of a minimum of 80 pages and 20,000 words.