The dissertation "Final Paper" is a major piece of independent scholarly research in a chosen field of theological study, enhancing knowledge beyond the actual state of research in the given area.
Students in the Doctoral program will clearly define their topic and scope of the dissertation. The problem which needs to be solved by way of academic research, must be explicitly defined in the introduction, and the appropriate methods and logical steps to be taken.
A dissertation concisely demonstrates awareness of the current state of research on the topic as well as of the latest relevant literature. It should go from there to the argument, and not dwell at length on matters already covered satisfactorily by others.
A dissertation must show ability to precisely handle the appropriate methods in the chosen field of research. The student will work with relevant sources, and diligently document the use of primary and secondary sources.