Candidate for the Doctorate in
Ministry Degree from Saint John the Evangelist Seminary must
fulfill the following prerequisites:
Having the abovementioned
prerequisites fulfilled, candidates for the Doctorate in
Ministry must submit a Thesis Proposal containing the following:
Title of Topic
Overview which should take the form of a brief abstract of
the general area of study and also signify the discipline
within which it falls.
Literature Review in which the candidate demonstrates their
awareness of critical issues raised in relevant bodies of
literature. It is important to be able to demonstrate
familiarity with major lines of argument which have been
developed in your area, and to demonstrate an understanding
of the ideas and findings of key researchers working on your
topic. References to key articles and texts should be there
to establish that you appreciate their relevance to your
Research Questions which demonstrates that the topic can be
completed within the normal time period allowed, you need to
demonstrate that it is manageable and so focus on key
questions within your niche area. You must state the key
issues that your research intends to address. What empirical
phenomena or theoretical debates are driving your research
proposal? Try to be specific. If your research is being
driven by empirical phenomena (e.g. e-commerce, global
branding, etc.), what aspects of these phenomena are you
trying to explain? If your research proposal is being driven
by theoretical debates, which specific points in these
debates are you going to focus on?
which demonstrates an awareness of the candidate of the
methodological tools available and to show some
understanding of which would be suitable for this research
and Research Planning to demonstrate an awareness of the
need for planning and the timescale of the research.
Conclusions: Finally, although no indication of the research
findings can be presented, it is often beneficial to
conclude the research proposal by indicating how you
envisage the contribution that your research will make to
debates and discussions in your particular subject area.
This means providing an indication of the original
contribution that you feel your research will make,
suggesting how it may fill gaps in existing research, and
showing how it may extend understanding of particular
topics. You should avoid making any substantial changes to
the broad direction of your research after admission into
the program. It is natural for ideas to evolve and change,
so you will not be forced to adhere to the specifics of your
proposal. However, the proposal is the foundation of your
working relationship with your supervisors and thus it
cannot be radically altered without discussion and
consultation with your supervisors.
Bibliography that includes a short list of references to key
articles and texts included in the application.
Upon approval the candidate may
begin their research project.
Dissertation Submission Policy
Dissertations for the Saint John the Evangelist
Seminary's Doctorate of Ministry degree must be submitted by the
agreed upon date set by the candidate and Seminary. These
deadlines have been established to allow sufficient time for
readers to make careful evaluations and for review those
evaluations and make their recommendations to the candidate's
committee. No extensions of the deadlines will be granted,
except for extreme circumstances.
In accord with the traditional scholarly ideal
that the candidate for a doctorate must make a contribution to
knowledge, all dissertations that have been accepted by the
seminary are made available in the library and published online.
Upon submission of the
dissertation, the Seminary will empanel a reading committee
composed of three members for reading and review of the
dissertation. After concluding its evaluation of the
dissertation the committee will write a review of the
dissertation for the candidate. If the committee finds grave
errors with the dissertation, the candidate will have 60 days to
reevaluate their dissertation and to make any amendments to it
prior to resubmission. Should no grave errors with the
dissertation be found, the committee will recommend approval for
the Doctorate to be awarded and will so inform the candidate.
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