Jan Elfers, Master of Arts in Applied Theology alum, will take on the role of interim executive director at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon in June 2015.
Join the Department of Graduate Religious Studies for presentation of Master's Thesis-Projects
by the 2014 candidates for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral
As the culmination of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, the Master of Divinity and M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology students enter into a thesis program. The thesis/project has broad theoretical scope as well as applicability to specific area. According the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accreditation guidelines, students will address these content areas as preparation for the thesis: religious heritage, cultural context, spiritual formation and the capacity for leadership. The thesis portion offers evidence of the candidate's ability to analyze and evaluate materials on their topic and to write clearly and cogently. In the project section the student creates a real-world application related to the thesis topic.
During the year-long process, the student works with a thesis adviser who is primarily responsible for assisting the student in the completion of the thesis-project. The student also selects a thesis reader, a person who is an expert in the subject matter of the student's thesis/project. The reader must be approved by a thesis committee, which is composed of the student's thesis adviser, the chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and the Religious Studies staff faculty.
In the spring of the thesis year, the student submits the final draft to the thesis committee for review. Approval of the completed thesis by the committee is required for conferral of the graduate degree.
Prior to the June hooding ceremony and commencement, the Graduate Religious Studies students and faculty gather for a presentation of the Master's Thesis-Projects of the year's M.Div. and MA in Applied Pastoral Theology candidates. The day provides the opportunity for graduating students to share with the learning community the outcome of their work in the thesis program.