Thesis Project Proposal Development – DMIN 830

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course guides the candidate toward the completion of the DMIN thesis project proposal. The student will write each chapter and revise them as needed in preparation to present the proposal to an assigned mentor. Acceptance of the proposal by a mentor is required in order to pass the course.


Admission to the DMIN program; DMIN 820


This course complements the DMIN 820 course as it strengthens and broadens skill sets used in the initial understanding of the composition of a DMIN thesis project. While DMIN 820 lays the foundation for skills and elements needed to develop a DMIN thesis project, this course expands those skills and elements by having students complete their thesis project proposal. The proposal must meet the standards of both the Doctor of Ministry program as well as those of the assigned mentor expectations. The course is designed to move the student into the research and writing stage under full mentor guidance in DMIN 840.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate acceptable writing skills to prepare a DMIN thesis project proposal.
  2. Formulate a DMIN thesis project proposal based on a specific ministry premise.
  3. Utilize instructor feedback to improve the project proposal.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum – Peer Review

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for the forum. The thread will be a post of the student’s entire full proposal, attached as a Word document. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be a substantive, analytical, and critical review of the classmate’s proposal, including any recommendations for changes or improvements.

Reflective Journals (8)

Each module/week, the student will read a chapter from the required textbook, and will post 2 elements in a single journal posting: 1) a meaningful direct quote (sentence or paragraph including the page number) from the reading that stood out or impacted the student in some way, followed by 2) a reflective paragraph that includes at least one of the following: a skill, principle, interpretation, etc. that impacted the student from that reading.

Proposal Elements (4)

The student will submit various sections of the DMIN thesis proposal: Chapter 1, Part 1; Chapter 1, Part 2; Chapter 2; and Chapter 3 combined. Each must be in current Turabian format and follow the principles and rules set forth in the DMIN Thesis Handbook. Each successive submission of a proposal element must also include the previous proposal element, revised and resubmitted with the instructor’s feedback incorporated.

Planning Questions (5 sets)

The student will respond to a specific set of questions designed to help evaluate and analyze the creation of his or her DMIN thesis project.

Full Proposal

The student will submit his or her completed DMIN thesis proposal as a Word document attachment. The full proposal must include all incorporated instructor feedback from the individual proposal elements.

Emailed Proposal

The student will email his or her completed DMIN thesis proposal as a Word document for presentation to his or her future thesis mentor. Evidence of the completed submission is required.