MTS/BTS Program Manual

(diaconal ministry degrees where indicated)
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Program Description (MTS)

History and Values of the MTS Degree Program
College Organization
MTS Program Structure 2017 – 45 credits
GCTS Program Structure 2017 – 18 credits
MTS Program Structure 2009 – 51 credits
MTS Program Structure pre-2009 – 60 credits

Collegia (MTS/BTS)

Collegia Requirement

Learning Covenant (MTS)

Learning Covenant

Mini-Projects (MTS/BTS)

Mini Project Guidelines
Mini Project Completion Form

Thesis (MTS and MTS Diaconal)

Master’s Thesis Guidelines

1. Thesis Supervisor Profile
2. Approval of Thesis Proposal – Supervisor
3. Approval of Thesis Proposal – Department Chair
4. Approval for Completed Thesis – Supervisor
5. Feedback for Thesis – Internal Examiner
6. Feedback for Thesis – External Examiner
7. Approval of Revised Thesis for Re-Exam
8. Final Approval Completed Thesis with Revisions – Supervisor
9. Thesis Process Evaluation Form – Student
10. Thesis Process Evaluation Form – Supervisor

Culminating Paper (MTS)

Culminating Paper Guidelines


1. Culminating Paper Supervisor Profile
2. Feedback for Culminating Paper Proposal – Department Chair
3. Approval for Completed Culminating Paper – Supervisor
4. Feedback for Culminating Paper – Internal Examiner
5. Final Approval of Completed Culminating Paper – Supervisor with Revisions
6. Culminating Paper Process Evaluation Form – Supervisor
7. Culminating Paper Process Evaluation Form – Student

Integrative Study (MTS)

Students coming into the MTS program after February 2013 will be required to write a thesis. The Integrative Study is an option available only to students enrolled in the program prior to that date.
Rationale: The Integrative Study (IS) was created as an option to a thesis in the early years of the MTS program. It is a personal, reflective project developed at a time when qualitative research did not embrace autoethnographic or heuristic research methodologies. These research method tools are now available and widely used, making the need for a specific reflective and integrative process redundant.
A supporting research methodology course is required by all students in the program. Mentors have been asked to encourage students who have been in the program since 2009, to consider the thesis process.

Integrative Study Guidelines

1. IS Supervisor’s Profile
Approval of IS Proposal – Supervisor
Feedback for IS Proposal – Department Chair
Approval for Completed IS – Supervisor
Feedback for IS – Internal Examiner I and II
Final Approval of Completed IS – Supervisor (with Revisions)
IS Process Evaluation Form – Supervisor
IS Process Evaluation Form – Candidate

Integrative Theology Paper (MTS in Diaconal Ministry / BTS and BTS in Diaconal Ministry)
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Outline for Writing the ITP-BTS
ITP Supervisor Profile
Approval of ITP Proposal-Supervisor
Feedback for ITP Proposal-Chair
Approval of Completed ITP to go to Internal Examiner – BTS, BTS-D
Approval of Completed ITP to go to Internal Examiner – MTS-D
ITP-Internal Examiner Evaluation
Final Approval Completed ITP – after feedback
ITP Process Evaluation Forms – Supervisor
ITP Process Evaluation Form – Student
ITP Sample Cover Page