THESIS PROPOSAL COVER SHEET
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM
UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE TWIN CITIES
3000 - 5 Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112; Phone: 651-255-6127; Fax 651-633-4315
Student completes this section
Name of Student:
Check one: □ Model of Ministry □ Research □ Work of Art
Thesis Advisor completes this section
Please carefully review the check off list of requirements for this Thesis Proposal on the
back of this cover sheet before signing below.
I believe this Thesis Proposal is ready for distribution to the others on the student’s
Thesis Reading Team:
Signature of Thesis Advisor Date
The student should submit this form to his or her Thesis Advisor who will, in turn, submit it to the
Director of the D.Min. Progam. The Director will then distribute to the student’s Readers.
Check List for Thesis Proposal
Student reviews this section; thesis advisor completes it
A Vision of the Document
___ The student should address a topic which is of importance to a significant audience
of ministry practitioners
___ The thesis should contribute to the public and professional discourse
___ The thesis should represent an advanced level of theological reflection and
writing, addressing the theological issues implicit in the thesis.
The Proposal must include the following information:
___ The motivation and background for proposing this topic
___ How this thesis relates to the feasibility study or other projects
___ The theological grounding or rationale for the thesis
___ If this is a research thesis: a) articulate the hypothesis or specific area of inquiry
and b) clearly explain your intended methodology: OR
___ If this is a model of ministry thesis: a) explain what you intend to do, describe the
objectives and observable results you expect to see from your experiment in
ministry; b) clearly explain your method(s) of evaluation.
___ The value of the thesis for the larger community of ministers
___ A working bibliography
___ Length: Proposal is no more than 6 pages, single spaced plus bibliography.
___ Title: Proposal has a title which clearly denotes the central issue or subject area to
be pursued and should be brief.
___ Outline: Proposal contains a brief outline of what the student intends to write.
___ Working Bibliography: Should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to use
materials representing a range of theological resources.
___ Proposed Schedule: Projects the time frames within which the thesis will