Northwestern Theological Seminary
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Educating The World

You can receive your state authorized, theologically accredited Bachelor, Master, Doctorate degrees in far less time, for up to 98% less expense than through most traditional online seminaries, online bible colleges, online universities!    

NTS Thesis Guide

Northwestern Theological Seminary 

 Thesis and Dissertation Guide


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


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

It is good to know that: Accelerated study eliminates the study of subjects other than your major. Such a 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:

Begin by selecting a title:

*Unlike a traditional Thesis or Dissertation, Your title will reflect your concentrated focus on your major only. The title of your Thesis or Dissertation must directly represent only subject matter that is directly related to your Major.

Because our goal is for you to master the specific 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 study of your subject major, and your thesis or dissertation will represent a detailed overview of your major.

To ensure that no one shall waiver from the focus required to master your subject major all students will be required to use a title that focuses on the subject major.

Example: if a Theology major, your title could be: “An Exhaustive Review of the Predominate Aspects of Theology”.


Your paper will involve research to uncover every major aspect of your major. Your presentation will include 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 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 the use of our library resources at no cost.  

An excellent methodology is first to 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, and 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
  • 130-150 pages, #12 font, double spaced     *Prefer 150 pages

You must cite a minimum of 20-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 before 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 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.

Masters and Doctorate program enrollments:

You should complete your Master’s or Doctorate 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 program when it includes thesis or dissertation accompanied by your 30 cr. hr. PLA. However, once you ave completed (1) PLA, you will 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 your faculty advisor at Northwestern Theological Seminary

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


Northwestern Theological Seminary supports your learning experience with built-in online services and support systems that offer a 24 hour a day - 7 days a week online learning environment. This is supported by our state of the art Course Management System (The NTSMoodle), the NTS Online Library, and the administrative support area, which is designed for easy access and use for all active NTS online seminary students on our Online Campus.