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Congratulations on making it to the final stage of your program! This guide is intended to help PhD and DMin students navigate CST's process and requirements for writing and submitting dissertations and practical research projects. It contains information and links focused on the administrative side--what forms you need, and when and to whom to submit drafts. This information comes primarily from the catalog and was approved by the Dean's office, the Registrar, the PhD and DMin Thesis Secretaries, and the faculty members responsible for the DMin programs. This guide was current as of October 2019. Any questions about discrepancies or policy changes should be directed to the Registrar.
What services does the Thesis Secretary provide? The Thesis Secretary ensures that your project or dissertation meets CST's standards for professional appearance and documentation. There are separate secretaries for the DMin and PhD programs. The Thesis Secretary must approve your proposal and your official drafts before you are able to move on to the next stage of the process. The Thesis Secretaries will provide guidance for correct documentation and formatting, but they are NOT editors or proofreaders. Students are responsible for identifying and correcting any errors in the text, documentation, or formatting of the dissertation or project, or for hiring an editor..
Where can I receive editorial assistance? Faculty committees will advise writers to obtain editorial assistance if needed, or candidates may take the initiative to seek this help. While Writing Support Services staff do not edit projects or dissertations, they may be able to provide you with information about finding and hiring an editor.
What are the manuscript requirements? The CST Catalog specifies a length of 50 to 80 pages for a DMin practical research project, excluding preliminary pages, appendices, and bibliography. The Catalog sets a limit of 250 pages (approximately 62,500 words) for a PhD dissertation. Questions about the length of a project or dissertation should be directed to a candidate's faculty committee chair.