Ph.D. Historical Theology
Advancement to Candidacy
Download the Office of Graduate Education's Outline of Ph.D. Candidacy and Graduation Procedures and see their website for further information.
Application for Advancement to Candidacy: Once the oral examination has been passed and the dissertation committee has been appointed by the Graduate Faculty, the student must submit to the Doctoral Candidacy Advisor (in the Graduate Education Office) the completed application and a copy of the completed dissertation prospectus. Copies of both of these are also to be given to the Director of Graduate Studies for inclusion in the student's file.
Advancement to Candidacy: When the student is advanced to candidacy, the student will receive an official letter of notification from the Vice-President of Graduate Education. This letter confirms the departmental approval and identifies the student as a doctoral candidate. During the entire period of candidacy, which lasts until graduation, the student should be registered in THEO 699 for 0 hours.
Writing the Dissertation: The Dissertation is the final piece of the doctoral program and demands great care in both its research and writing (see "What is a Dissertation in Historical Theology"). A candidate for the PhD is expected not only to conduct advanced research but to communicate his/her findings succinctly and coherently. The general departmental guidelines are the following:
1. Dissertations must not exceed 300 double-spaced, typed pages (100,000 words), be fully documented (footnotes or endnotes) and be accompanied by a properly formatted bibliography.
2.Appendices may be included in addition to the main text, but collectively they may not exceed 200 pages in length.
3.The dissertation must include a short abstract, table of contents, and be continuously paginated. Numbering of notes should only be continuous for each chapter and not for the whole dissertation.
4.Citation of non-English sources should be in translation with the original text in the note--unless the presentation of the foreign language in the text is crucial to a particular argument.
5.The bibliography must be divided into the following categories: unpublished primary sources, printed primary sources, and secondary sources.
6.The Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition) is normally to serve as the comprehensive guide for the format of the work and the documentation of sources.
Download the Assessment Rubrics for the Ph.D. Dissertation
See also SLU Graduate Education's Formatting Guide, available here.
The writing of the dissertation is to be done expeditiously; extensions are only reluctantly given, and only for serious reasons. When extensions are granted, the Graduate School normally imposes one additional dissertation hour to be paid by the student for each additional year.
Application for Degree: The Application for Degree is due at the beginning of the semester in which the student is preparing to complete all of their degree requirements, including the dissertation defense, all coursework, and the format review.