Applied Thesis


The following departmental requirements are in addition to the Graduate School's requirements for applied thesis preparation. Copies of the M.A. Thesis Guidelines are available from Grad Student Services or can be found in the CFM hallway file, near the department office, BGC 235. Once the CFM faculty have approved your applied thesis proposal and the Registrar has been notified by the CFM office coordinator, please follow the guidelines provided by your project advisor and by the M.A. Thesis Guidelines document.

Register for CFM 698 Applied Thesis (2 hrs)

Proposal Essentials

1. Statement of Purpose, Problem Statement, or Research Question

A problem statement is a sentence or paragraph that explains the purpose of a given investigation. Problem statements are presented in future tense in research proposals and in past tense in research reports. An example of a problem statement for a research proposal follows:

The purpose of this study will be to investigate the impact that a local influx of a multicultural population has on pre-existing evangelical congregations in three different locations

An example of a problem statement for a research report follows:

The purpose of this study is to investigate …. .

Include a brief history or background of the problem.

  • An applied thesis differs from a thesis in that a significant part of the project includes creating a ministry concept, curriculum, or media product. The focus could be a training program or development of a ministry website. The creative component must have broad applicability.
  • An applied thesis is similar to a thesis in three ways: First, it employs established investigative methodologies, including historical, biographical, statistical, or ethnographic research. Second, the proposal goes before the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee. Third, the completed project becomes part of the holdings of Buswell Library.

2. Review of Literature

The review of literature section of your applied thesis proposal is to be built around the key factors in your problem statement. Develop your outline for the literature review from these key factors. Use the literature sources to build an argument that reflects the position of your thesis in relationship to the views of other scholars and researchers. Include positions that both support and refute your own. See examples of literature reviews in the theses in Room 237.

Research Involving People

The Wheaton College Human Research Review Committee must review research involving any risk to participants. Therefore, this committee must approve all faculty and student research with human participants. No human research data may be collected before appropriate approval is received (this includes survey research). The Human Research Review Form contains details of required information for the review.

Additional information is available in the thesis handbook.

Carefully follow the directions.

Submit nine (9) signed copies and the original of the Proposal to the Registrar by 10:00 A.M. Thursday before the Monday Graduate Academic Affairs Committee meeting, held the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Follow the format found in Appendix I for the Thesis Proposal Title page.

Grading Policy: Students receive a grade of P upon completion and approval of their thesis. Students who do not complete the project within the five-year limit will receive a grade of F.

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