Thesis and Dissertation Guide

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 Thesis and Dissertation Guide: 


The following guidelines must be followed for completion of your Thesis or Dissertation.


“The great benefit of an accelerated degree program, beside the huge savings of both time and money, is that study is focused on your major only. This concentrated study allows the student to become an expert in the field of their major.  You will be A master of your major in just 90-days!” 

Accelerated study eliminates the study of subjects other than your major. Such study is very time efficient as it focuses on your subject major only. The benefit is that through such concentrated research, you have the opportunity to master the subject matter of your major, becoming a confident expert in the full comprehension of your major.

Instructions For Preparation Of Your Thesis Or Dissertation:

*Unlike a traditional Thesis or Dissertation,  Your title will reflect your concentrated focus on your major only. In other words, the title of your Thesis or Dissertation should directly represent the theme of your research as directly related to your Major.

Because our goal is for you to master the specific concentrated subject matter of your major, your accelerated program requires a complete focus on your major only. Therefore your thesis or dissertation will provide a comprehensive study of your subject major and your thesis or dissertation will represent a detailed overview of your major.

Thesis and Dissertation Title:    (Example)

*The words of your title should state your MAJOR 

Example:  If your major is “Theology”

Your title may be:  “A Comprehensive Study of Theology”

Your paper will then involve research to uncover every aspect of your major. Your presentation will involve references and footnotes to support your findings.

You can use our free online reference library and download books at no cost, for offline study. Or just go to our library website and read such books online, while taking notes and noting references. Our online library now has approximately 50,000 books and periodicals. Be sure to save our library LINK to your desktop for easy access. Go to:    

Research Books:

Free PDF Books Are Provided At Our Free Online Library. Just visit: and open the PDF Books section.  Be sure to Download free ADOBE reader software to open any of the books. All of your research can be accomplished through use of our library resources at no cost.  

A good methodology is to first brainstorm and  prepare an outline of the overall subject matter. Then do data gathering about your subject. Research to find a primary book that expertly focuses on your subject matter. The outline organizes your overall study. The primary book provides focused study.  Your outline organizes your research, it is the skeleton onto which you will hang all important details involving your subject. with references and footnotes.  You will later use the outline to write your paper.

Your title page must include your Thesis or Dissertation title, name of your degree program and major, your proposed completion date,  as well as your full name, the name of this University and the date of submission.

Your thesis or dissertation must also include the following:  

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Body of paper to cover subject major in detail, documenting all sources.
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Footnotes or end notes
  • 120-150 pages, #12 font, double spaced    *120 pages is absolute minimum allowed.

You must site a minimum of 10-references from books, periodicals and (or) articles. The 66 books of the Bible fully qualify as excellent books for your research. As already stated,  reference materials are available through our Northwestern Library at:  

Your finished research project must be typed without error with correct grammar and spelling. You will be graded for content and organization. Proof read and make all edits prior to submission. Typo’s, miss- spelled words and poor grammar will hurt your overall grade.

Concerning Bachelor program enrollments:

If you are enrolled in a bachelor program, you can complete your bachelor in as little as 60-90 days through a PLA prior learning assessment and your Bachelor’s thesis. you will have 120 credit hours approved; 90 cr. hrs for your PLA and 30 cr. hrs. for your Thesis.

Master’s and Doctorate program enrollments

You should complete your Master’s or Doctorate degree program in as little as 30-90 days by Thesis or Dissertation only. If preparing a PLA as well as a Thesis or Dissertation for submission you can complete requirements in as little as 60-90 days.  Thesis or Disseertation only program allow 30 cr. hrs at completion of your degree program. If a PLA has not been completed for another degree program, you can complete a graduate level PLA for an additional 30 cr. hrs.

Now get to work..  Start today..  Do not procrastinate or delay. You can have your degree in hand in just 90-days or less..

Happy Studies…

“Study to show thyself approved of God, a workman who need not be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth”.  II Timothy 2:15