The dissertation is a launching point for your career in academics. It is your opportunity to develop expertise in a particular domain of study, master particular research methods, and contribute new knowledge to the educational community. For many students, it is the first step in developing a research program.
- Work with your advisor to select a topic and to complete an acceptable proposal.
- Make sure that you are familiar with the Graduate School requirements (see the Thesis and Dissertation Manual) for the format of your proposal. APA format is required, but there are a few Graduate School requirements that supersede APA.
- Your advisor will decide when your proposal is ready to be read by the rest of your committee. Note: There is no official Graduate School Form to schedule a dissertation proposal meeting. This is done at the discretion of the committee.
- Signatures of the entire dissertation committee are required on the proposal.
- Your advisor may expect you to schedule a committee meeting to defend your proposal.
- Submit your proposal with IRB application (see below) to the Graduate School.