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Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist students who must write a thesis or major research paper to complete the MAT - Master of Arts (Theology), MAB - Master of Arts (Biblical Studies, or MACS - Master of Arts (Catholic Studies).

Thesis Requirements

  • Register for 4 credit hours*
  • A thesis 50-60 pages in length
  • Research topic in one of the four areas of the MAT curriculum: biblical studies, Christian living, historical theology/church history, systematic theology or some combination of these areas.

OPTION 1

  • Register for 2 credit hours*
  • A 500-level paper** of 25-30 pages in length
  • Research topic in some area of biblical studies.
  • Requires some use of either Hebrew or Greek.

OPTION 2

  • Register for 4 credit hours*
  • Replaces either the OT or NT 2 credit elective
  • A thesis 50-60 pages in length
  • Research topic in some area of biblical studies.
  • Requires some use of either Hebrew or Greek.
  • Register for 6 credit hours of Thesis Direction over two semesters (3 credits per semester)
  • Research topic in some area of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
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Notes

*Register in the semester during which the bulk of writing will be done.

**A 500-level paper is often written in the context of a regularly scheduled course. The student asks the professor for permission to do so, then obtains a 500-level course form from the registrar’s office. The student and professor complete the form. The 500-level course will be called MAB Research followed by the title of the course.