Learning without holy living, makes the person proud and arrogant; holy living without learning is good for nothing.
-St. John XXIII
A student (in both Divinity and Non-divinity Track) who wants to pursue a thesis track, either as M.A. in Theology or as M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, should start right away to look for a suitable topic of his/ her thesis as well as find a mentor who is a faculty member of SJVTS willing to guide him/her in the thesis writing. One would expect that such a topic would naturally evolve out of the student’s course work and discussion with his/her mentor.
(THE PRESCRIBED FORMAT OF AN M.A. THESIS PROPOSAL)
Under the guidance of a mentor approved by the Academic Dean, the M.A. student writes a thesis proposal. The proposal should present and contain the following:  The title of the thesis;  Rationale,  Statement of the Problem,  Scope and Limitations of the Study,  Method of Investigation,  Overview of the Chapters, and  Review of Related Literature.