Applied Research Project Each student will complete the applied research project in his or her area of concentration. This will account for the final six credit hours of the degree. The applied research project is the culmination of the DMin program.
Goal of the Project
It enables the student to conduct thorough research and develop expertise in a specific area of interest. It is designed to focus on a particular problem within the discipline of preaching, pastoral ministry, counseling, or urban mission and to make a contribution to the student’s understanding in that area.
During the PR 1 module, the student will be introduced to project design. The project proposal describes the project’s intended research, ministry model, and timetable. The proposal is developed in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and the DMin director.
Ordinarily, the proposal is submitted as part of the PR 1 module and should be approved within the first year of the program. More detailed guidelines and elements of the project proposal can be found in the applied research project and proposal guide, available on WTS Courses.
The applied research project must conform to the format and bibliographic style requirements found in the format guidelines and submission requirements for WTS theses, dissertations and projects, available from the Center for Theological Writing and online.
As an aid for formatting, students are required to complete the online format guidelines check-in form prior to submission. Further guidelines can be secured from the student’s advisor.
Submission of Completed Project
Four copies of the completed project, along with the external reader fee, must be submitted to the academic affairs office no later than November 15 for graduation in the following May. The project will be reviewed by the student’s academic advisor, a second reader from within the Westminster faculty, and by an individual unaffiliated with Westminster who is actively engaged in ministry related to the topic of the research project.
A project defense will be scheduled on campus usually before March 15. The Practical Theology Department, taking into consideration the recommendation of all readers, will make the final determination on the project and the degree program as a whole. This will be communicated to the student by April 1 unless otherwise notified.
If approved, some minor changes may be required. The student must submit two copies of the approved project to the academic affairs office by May 1.
Note: The project will not be accepted for review unless all examinations have been sustained.