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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.

  1. Work with your advisor to select a topic and to complete an acceptable proposal.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Signatures of the entire dissertation committee are required on the proposal.
  5. Your advisor may expect you to schedule a committee meeting to defend your proposal.
  6. Submit your proposal with IRB application (see below) to the Graduate School.