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The following guidelines must be followed for completion of your Thesis or Dissertation   * See note below in RED:  Prior written work can replace your Thesis or Dissertation and speed up your degree awarding process..

IMPORTANT NOTE:  NCU students can submit a previously written books manuscript or extensive article or un-graded research paper (thesis/dissertation), that directly relates to your degree major, to fulfillment your NCU thesis or dissertation requirement.   All such papers should be approximately 100-200 pages double spaced (or) 50-100 pages single spaced with #12 font.  Fulfilling the above page count will equal the (25,000-50,000) word count which is acceptable by most universities for a thesis or dissertation.

Prior written work expresses your knowledge in relation to your degree major which justifies award of your research based NCU degree.  Just submit prior (un-graded) work fulfilling the above stated requirements as a single document to replace your NCU required Thesis or Dissertation, for review and possible grading for FULL Credit. *Be sure to include  a cover page, table of contents and bibliography.  Those who have not researched specific subject matter directly related to the subject major, will be required to research and write a fresh thesis or dissertation.

IMPORTANT: The PLA GUIDE for Completing Prior Learning Assessment is Found On The Prior Learning Assessment Page.  PLA Is NOT Mandatory for Masters and Doctoral Degrees. An extensive PLA is mandatory for All Bachelor Degree Programs. However less extensive PLA can be used to add an extra 30 credits to your Master’s or Doctorate program. For students with extensive experience in ministry, work, education and training, a resume or in depth bio-data/ resume or CV may be all that is needed to qualify for PLA (Prior Learning Assessment credits)



“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, a master of their major in just 90-days!”  

Accelerated degree programs eliminate the need to study unrelated subjects other than your major. Such concentrated 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. Your Thesis and Dissertation Guide is designed to lead you through the process of competing your research based degree.

All NCU accelerated 90-day degree programs are research based and do not require a core curriculum. PLA is mandatory for all bachelor degree programs but optional, for extra credit only, for all master’s and doctoral programs.

Earning a Master’s or Doctorate degree by Thesis or Dissertation only is an accepted  historical practice in Europe.

Thesis and Dissertation Guide

Instructions For Preparation Of Your Thesis and Dissertation:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For students have previously written books,  manuscripts or extensive articles, and papers or an unpublished and un-graded thesis or dissertation, related to the major, such prior written work can be submitted as your current NCU Thesis or Dissertation for review and possible FULL Credit. * However, if prior written work does not fulfill the required page count, then do further research and expand the page count of your paper to fulfill NCU requirements.

*It is mandatory that your title reflects the theme of your major . The title of your Thesis or Dissertation or replacement document, should directly represent and accurately describe the content of your research as directly related to your Major. Your NTS Thesis or Dissertation is to be a focused study with the goal of mastering the full understanding of 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 be unlike most research papers. Your paper will provide a comprehensive yet focused study of your subject major.

*All students are required to select a title that focuses directly on your major. Your major should be mentioned in your title.

Your thesis and dissertation guide is an outline to follow in completing your thesis and dissertation. Your degree program involves research and presentation,  to express your understanding and competence related to your subject major. Through research, you can uncover the most important details with respect to your major. Your presentation will involve references and footnotes to support your findings. Your completed thesis or dissertation should convey your deep understanding of your degree major.

You can use our free online reference library as a valuable resource in research along with your thesis and dissertation guide, for preparation of your thesis and dissertation. Through our free library, you can download books at no cost, for offline study. Or, for extra research, 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:

NCU also offers Free PDF Books for free 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. In most cases, your research for your thesis and dissertation can be accomplished through use of our library resources and it is 100% FREE!   

Thesis and Dissertation Guide

A good methodology is to first pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and counsel you concerning your thesis and dissertation research. Then brainstorm and  prepare an outline of the overall layout of your paper.  Then do data gathering about your subject. Research to find a several primary books that expertly focus on your subject matter. If the 66 Books of the Bible strongly support your major, you can use the Bible as your main reference source. Your outline is very important, as it helps to organize your overall study. The research books, periodicals etc provide focused study.  Your outline organizes your research, it is the skeleton onto which you will hang all important details involving your subject and corresponding theme. You will use the outline as your guide to write your paper. *Be sure to note all book references and articles etc. for your bibliography.

Because this is an accelerated 90-day program, in the interest of saving time, a Thesis and Dissertation Proposal is not required. However, we require that your theme and title of your paper, be directly linked to your subject major. Our goal is for you to master your major. As an example: If your major is ministry, then your theme / subject matter and title should relate specifically to a focused study of ministry.

Title Example: “An In Depth Analysis of The Ministry of Jesus”

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

You should include the following in the order presented below on your SINGLE title / cover page:

  1.  Thesis or Dissertation Title
  2.  By (Your Full Name)
  3.  Description paragraph:   Submitted to Northwestern Christian University toward fulfillment of requirements for the degree of: *State one of the following:  B.A., M.A., M.Div., TH.D., Ph.D., D.Min.  etc.
  4. In: Subject major
  5. Date submitted

Your thesis and dissertation must include the following:  

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Body of paper to cover subject major in detail, documenting all sources.
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Footnotes or end notes
  • 100 pages double spaced (or) 50 page single spaced is the minimum requirement. This is approximately 25,000 words and is the standard requirement of most universities..  A thesis or dissertation can be completed in just 60-90 days if you focus your time and make earning your degree a priority.  *Your research paper must include a table of contents, introduction and bibliography.

You must site a minimum of 10 references from the Bible, books, periodicals and (or) specialized articles. The 66 books of the Bible fully qualify as excellent books for your research. Reference books are available through your local library, book stores or our 50,000 book, 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.

IMPORTANT: Do not submit portions of your incomplete paper. Only submit the completed document. We will review your paper and if the grade is not of high standard, we will, make suggestions and return the paper for you to make improvements resulting in a better grade.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For students who have written books, articles, research manuscripts, articles, and extensive papers related to your major, such prior written work can be submitted online, in place of your Thesis or Dissertation, for review and possible FULL Credit.

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Concerning Bachelor program enrollments:

If you are enrolled in a Bachelor program, you should complete your Bachelor in as little as 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 90 days by preparing your PLA and Thesis or Dissertation for submission and grading. You can have up to 60 credit hours approved for your Master’s or Doctorate degree program when it includes thesis or dissertation accompanied by your 30 cr. hr. PLA. However, once you ave completed (1) PLA, you wil not be able to duplicate it for extra credit for another degree.

Submission of Assignments:

*Once you have completed your assignments, prepare them as PDF or Word doc. attachments and e-mail them for grading. Send to: 

We pray that this brief thesis and dissertation guide has given you direction and understanding to begin your research and preparation of your thesis or dissertation.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For students who have written books, manuscripts, or extensive articles and papers, related to your major, such prior written work can be submitted by email, in place of your Thesis or Dissertation, for review and possible FULL Credit.

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