Third, masters thesis formats often require an index, which lists each important word in the text and the pages on which it appears; these indices help readers manage the often heavy reading of a thesis by letting them skip to the parts that are of particular interest. Indices should contain words that relate directly to the concept that the thesis expresses, but they should not contain superfluous words. For example, the index of a mathematics thesis may include the name "Pythagoras" but would probably not include non-conceptual words such as "pencil" or "shoe." In creating the index, the student should aim for conceptual thoroughness but not an exhaustive recitation of each word that appears in the text.
Obtaining a Masters degree sometimes involves writing and presenting a thesis paper, which includes the outcomes of the student’s thesis work plus references to current and prior research in the field of study. To obtain a PhD, one must usually contribute something original and important to existing research, so the final paper (which is the length of a book) includes both references to existing prior research and, more importantly, a detailed discussion and analysis of the PhD candidate’s research contributions in her or his field.
For the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) program, scholarships are provided through the Graduate Studies department directly, not through our Financial Aid office. Scholarships are awarded semester by semester, so anyone who wants a scholarship must apply each semester. Because scholarship funds are provided directly from our department, they are limited. Therefore, we necessarily will prioritize full-time students, and often those who are in the latter portions of the degree. In this way, scholarship applications are considered on the basis of a combination of academic performance, financial need, and ministry potential. Additionally, we do not grant scholarships to students who take only 1-2 classes per semester. Instead, we prioritize students who commit themselves to 3-4 classes each semester.