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MA(HT) Thesis Proposal Guidelines

Requirements for HT709 Thesis Proposal

(Revised April, 2013)

Course Description

 HT 709 Thesis Proposal (2)

Designed for those enrolled in the MA Historical Theology emphasis and may be attempted only after all the core courses for the degree have been completed. This course entails preparation for the completion of a thesis in the Spring Semester. The thesis proposal will be developed in consultation with faculty in the department of theological studies and will include a brief statement of topic, the state of the question, the proposed argument, research methods and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Content and Organization

  1. Introduction
    1. Name
    2. Context, i.e. your personal interest in this project (why are you writing this project?)
  2. Brief Statement of the Topic
    1. What is the topic
    2. Why should anyone care about this topic
  3. State of the Question
    1. What is at issue?
    2. Who are the parties involved in the discussion?
    3. What is the state of the literature?
  4. Proposed Argument
    1. What is your tentative thesis/argument/hypothesis?
    2. How do you intend to make your case?
  5. Research Methods
    1. What historiographic method will you use?
    2. What sources will you use?
  6. Bibliography
    1. What are the most important primary sources?
    2. What are the most important secondary sources?
  7. Supervisor and Reader
    1. Who is your proposed supervisor?
    2. Who is your proposed reader?



Not to exceed 3000 words, double-spaced.

Please read or re-read On the Writing of Essays.

Please read (or re-read) MA (HT) Thesis Guidelines

Due Date

Last day of the Winter Term Final Exam period, 10:00 AM.


Most of your effort should be directed toward explaining the topic you are researching, the state of the question and explaining how your research supplements the current body of knowledge. It is understood that your thesis may change as your research progresses.

Here are the thesis Guidelines.