The Thesis/Dissertation Defense

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... the realization that you are fulfilling an academic requirement,

Leiden is a unique international centre for the advanced study of languages, cultures, arts, and societies worldwide, in their historical contexts from prehistory to the present. We aim to contribute to knowledge, the sustainable well-being of societies, and the understanding of the cognitive, historical, cultural, artistic, and social aspects of human life. In research and teaching, we focus on the mobility of people, language, culture, ideas, art, and institutions in a globalizing world, and their interconnectivity through the ages.

Stage 2 - Preparing the Proposal

Stage 3- Conducting the Research

The ThM program at DTS is a full year longer than other seminaries' . Graduates continually affirm that their outreach is broader and their spiritual life is deeper because of this extra year of study and spiritual formation.

Stage 4- Writing the Research Paper*

33. It's important that you have the feeling when entering your defensethat you aren't doing it alone. As was mentioned earlier, your major professorshould be seen as an ally to you and "in your corner" at thedefense. Don't forget, if you embarrass yourself at the defense you willalso be embarrassing your dissertation director. So, give both of you achance to guarantee there is no embarrassment. Meet together ahead of timeand discuss the strategy you should use at the defense. Identify any possibleproblems that may occur and discuss ways that they should be dealt with.Try and make the defense more of a team effort.

Stage 5- Sharing the Research Outcomes with Others


Name: Gregg Godwin Thesis Adviser: Jerma JacksonTitle:

If you can keep these ideas in mind while you're thinking through yourresearch you stand an excellent chance of having your research projectturn out well.

Name: Katie Harper Thesis Adviser: Marcus BullTitle:

The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide.

Name: Maggie Howell Thesis Adviser: Lloyd KramerTitle:

11. What is a proposal anyway? A good proposal should consist of thefirst three chapters of the dissertation. It should begin with a statementof the problem/background information (typically Chapter I of the dissertation),then move on to a review of the literature (Chapter 2), and conclude witha defining of the research methodology (Chapter 3). Of course, it shouldbe written in a future tense since it is a proposal. To turn a good proposalinto the first three chapters of the dissertation consists of changingthe tense from future tense to past tense (from "This is what I wouldlike to do" to "This is what I did") and making any changesbased on the way you actually carried out the research when compared tohow you proposed to do it. Often the intentions we state in our proposalturn out different in reality and we then have to make appropriate editorialchanges to move it from proposal to dissertation.

Name: Eric Medlin Thesis Adviser: Molly WorthenTitle:

The degree programs at DTS are designed to prepare godly servant-leaders for a wide variety of full-time ministry positions. The Master of Theology (ThM) includes the highest standard of training including languages and preaching, while the five ministry MA programs train students for specific ministries.

Name: Jessica Stone Thesis Adviser: Klaus LarresTitle:

3. Try not to be overly influenced at this time bywhat you feel others expect from you (your colleagues, your profession,your academic department, etc.). You have a much better chance of selectinga topic that will be really of interest to you if it is your topic. Thiswill be one of the few opportunities you may have in your professionallife to focus in on a research topic that is really of your own choosing.