Transition 2022

Writing a Research Thesis

In the Church Growth program, both the Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degrees require a thesis. Some students may choose Thesis Option B: Write a Ministry Project Report. But for those who are approved to write a research thesis, Teleo University has partnered with GradCoach to provide articles and video tutorials to assist the research thesis writer. The articles and video coaching are free, but students may also use GradCoach to hire personal thesis coaching. Use the links below to access video tutorials or instructional articles. (Download a pdf of "Writing a Research Thesis")


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Thesis Option A: Write an Academic Research Thesis

Students may use Thesis Option A to pursue solutions to ministry a challenge or answer a unique question. Teleo University must approve the research thesis topic before the student proceeds.


  1. Teleo University must preapprove research topics during the first or second terms.

  2. The thesis must follow the Teleo University Style Guide to Academic Writing. The only exception is if the student faithfully employs an alternative style guide suggestion offered by GradCoach.

  3. The required length of the thesis will vary by the degree:

  • A master's thesis is 30,000 words in length or approximately 120 pages typed and double-spaced.

  • A doctoral dissertation is 50,000 words in length or approximately 200 pages typed and double-spaced.

   4. The thesis must use a standard five or six-chapter outline. Place the Abstract and Approval pages first. Otherwise, both outlines are comparable.  


Teleo University Suggested Thesis Outline

Abstract (150 – 200 words)

Approval Page

Title Page

Copyright Page

Table of Contents (list of figures and tables)

Acknowledgments (optional)

  • Chapter 1 Overview of the Study

  • Chapter 2 Precedents in Literature

  • Chapter 3 Design of Study

  • Chapter 4 Findings of the Study

  • Chapter 5 Summary and Conclusions or

  • Chapter 6 Conclusions (optional: separate chapter)


Works Cited

GradCoach Typical Thesis Outline

Title page

Acknowledgments page

Abstract (or executive summary)

Table of contents, list of figures, and tables


Reference list

(click the underlined text above for GradCoach instruction)

Getting Started: Click on the following GradCoach tutorials. Return to this page and click on individual chapters and elements in the GradCoach Typical Thesis Outline above for specific help.


How To Write A Dissertation Or Thesis: 8 Steps - Grad Coach                            Dissertation Structure & Layout Explained - Grad Coach

NOTE: Choosing to complete an academic research thesis does not excuse the student from writing the nine Ministry Project Report chapters that are integrated into the Core Module curriculum discussions. Also, all Church Growth program participants must complete the ministry project and write a 10-15 page Ministry Project Summary Report to present at Core Module 9.

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