Dissertation Guidelines

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Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines

 You Must Comply With These Guidelines Completely Before Starting Your Dissertation

Phase I:  Submit Thesis Statement for approval
Phase II: Submit Outline
Phase III: Submit completed dissertation (2 copies)

Proposal: The proposal does not result in any points toward your dissertation grade.

  1.  Submit a proposal by postal mail to the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. 
    Resident Branch Students: 
    Check with your branch for details on how to submit your work.

          1. A Title
          1. A carefully developed thesis statement. Note: A statement is a single sentence. The sole purpose of the dissertation is to prove your thesis statement.  Proposals that do not contain a correct thesis statement will be denied.  A correct thesis statement will be a statement, not a question, not a title, not a phrase and not an idea. (The title and the thesis statement serve two different porposes. Be sure you understand the difference.) Remember: A statement is a single sentence.
          1. An outline of your proposed work. A Table of Contents will suffice. You have the freedom to make certain adjustments from the outline as you start your work, but it should be followed as carefully as possible.  The Proposal must contain:
        1. The style manual you will use (choices are listed below).

    You may begin research at any time, but don’t begin the actual work until you have received approval of your Proposal.

Any dissertation that is submitted without a complete and correct proposal will be returned with no grade.

Example thesis statement: (does not necessarily reflect FBCS views):  Although approximately two-thirds of American churchgoers are women, the church leaders remain overwhelmingly men.

Presentation:

1. Your work must be judged worthy of commercial publication by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 10 points.

2. Dissertation must be submitted in duplicate (resident branch students submit in triplicate). FBCS will retain a copy. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 3 points.

3. Dissertation must be bound. Your name should be embossed in gold on the cover along with our emblem. The spine of the book should have your last name, title and year in gold lettering.  You are welcome to find your own binding service, but one that is used quite often is PHD Bookbinding. Their web page is <http://phdbookbinding.com/>.

4.  The finished dissertation must contain your previously approved thesis statement.  It must be in the exact wording as it was originally approved.  It must be alone on its own page. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 4 points.

5.  The first sentence of the paragraph of your dissertation must be your thesis statement and it must be word-for-word. Use it in its entirety within the dissertation as needed to refresh or establish a point. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 7 points.

6.  Leave an approval page in the front.  It should simply be headed “Approval Page.”  This is where the official FBCS approval stamp will be placed. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 4 points.

7.  You must use footnotes or endnotes (your choice.) Consult your writer’s manual to find the proper structure and placement of each. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 5 points.

8.  You must include a properly constructed bibliography. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 8 points.

9. Leave the backside of each page blank. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 2 points.

10.  Always start chapters on a new page with the heading spaced down on/third of the way from the top of the  page. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 4 points.

11. Never use the title Doctor anywhere in the dissertation unless you have already obtained one previously.  you do not hold that title until the dissertation is approved and your degree is conferred. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 3 points.

12.  It must contain a minimum of 37,500 words — about 150 pages. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 10 points.

13.  It must be double spaced.  
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 5 points.

14. It must reflect at least 60 separate cited works (you can use the same author more than once but not out of the same book) 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 10 points.

15. It will include:

A Table of Contents 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 5 points.

An Introduction 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 5 points. 

16.   Use one of the following style manuals:
A)    Chicago Manual of Style, Author: University of Chicago, Library of
Congress Location: Z253, U58c, 1993
B)    Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Thesis and Dissertation, Author: Kate
L. Turabian, Library of Congress location: LB2369, T929m, 9187. 
Failure to successfully comply with this section will result in a loss of 10 points.

17.  Refer to your writer’s manual often.

REF-7000  Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations
REF-7001  The Chicago Manual of Style

THESE MANUALS MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE HOME OFFICE.  PRICES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

The Final overview before handing in your dissertation

    1. Blank Page
    1. Approval Page (nothing else on this page)
  1. All of this on the same page:
      1. Freedom Bible College and Seminary,
      1. Title of Dissertation,
      1. Dissertation submitted to: Freedom Bible College and Seminary
      1. In candidacy for the degree of Doctor of ____________
      1. By:
    1. Date:
  2. Thesis Statement Page (nothing else on this page)
      1. Dedication
      1. Introduction
      1. Table of Contents
    1. Chapter 1  (1/3 way down)