The thesis involves the preparation of an 80-page (double-spaced) theoretical essay that is in the form of a dissertation. Students must demonstrate a strong ability to do research and to write in order to gain academic approval.
The ministry project (approximately 80 pages double spaced) involves a practical strategy that is designed and implemented under the supervision of a mentor and then described in written form. The ministry project is to be professional or practical in nature; it is not necessary to include a comprehensive review of related literature (although, for most topics, many rich sources ought to be quoted). The preparation of a book, manual or study guide that addresses a specific ministry topic is an acceptable alternative. In rare cases (to be determined by the faculty) other options may be allowed.
Ministry projects are to be followed by a 20- to 30-page theoretical defence that is academic in nature. This essay should draw upon a minimum of 20 sources (quality of sources to be determined in consultation with a faculty supervisor) and demonstrate the student’s ability to write at a Master’s level.
- All SSU Ministry programs must be completed within seven years after final course work.
- Although every effort has been made in this Academic Catalogue to accurately describe all Ministry programs, the faculty reserves the right to make adjustments as it deems necessary or desirable.