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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 Master of Arts in Theology (MAT), Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MAB), or Master of Arts in Catholic Studies (MACS).

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.