ETS6980EN - Theological Studies Masters Research

Course description

You will be introduced to and practice quantitative and/or qualitative research methods as you participate in a research study related to your degree program. The course may be repeated with a total credit limit of 6 credit hours. Specific course numbers by department include: ETS 6981 - Biblical Studies, ETS 6982 - Missional Theology & History, ETS 6983 - Moral & Social Theology, ETS 6984 - Cultural & Contextual Theology, ETS 6985 - Environmental & Resilience Theology. This course is followed by a Thesis course in which you will compile your data into a final thesis paper.

How this course benefits students

Students need to grasp how knowledge is created and be able to explain how they know what we know. While the study of research methods may not be most people’s idea of exciting, the fact is that research methods work are at the very heart of all knowledge.

Why this course is important

Experiential learning moves students beyond the eclassroom to a sequence of experiential learning experiences that foster practical interaction with course concepts as a means of preparing the student for lifelong mission in the service of God within their respective academic disciplines and equipping students to become missional professionals and leaders in their chosen fields of endeavors.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Experiential Learning STS
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. David Crim, Instructor in Graduate Research

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Research is rooted in the New Testament concept of "witness" as the person who explains what he has seen and heard.

Missionally driven

Research projects will integrate missio dei concepts.

Contextually informed

Students will examine the reseach context and explore its effect upon the research process and findings.

Interculturally focused

Students will be encouraged to embark upon research which includes diverse populations.

Practically minded

Students will perfect research skills as they engage in research and add to the knowledge-base of a phenomenon.

Experientially transformed

Students will engage in an unique, innovative research project which flows from and augments course learning.