Susan E. I teach and mentor doctoral students who are writing qualitative dissertations in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University. Students often feel overwhelmed throughout the dissertation process, beginning with the initial phase of writing their prospectus. To attempt to make the process of writing a dissertation prospectus more manageable for students, I have found that one useful approach is to divide the prospectus into sections and ask students to write one section at a time.
Writing the Dissertation Proposal: Some Dos and Don’ts
Prospectus Writing | Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
The dissertation prospectus is specific to each discipline, but in its broadest outline it is a document that explains in detail the thesis project, the critical and theoretical instruments used to approach it, the existing scholarship on the subject, and the original contribution that the proposed project entails. The prospectus is prepared in consultation with the sponsor s who, in turn, determines when the document is ready to proceed to its defense. After the defense, the completed Dissertation Prospectus Committee Report , signed and approved by the committee members, must be submitted by the department to the Dissertation Office in Low Library. Students must defend the prospectus successfully by May 31 of their fourth year. Students who do not meet this deadline will lose good academic standing, be placed on probation, and not have their stipend disbursed for the ensuing fall semester. In exceptional circumstances, with a written rationale from the DGS and sponsor and the approval of GSAS, students may receive a final opportunity to defend their prospectus before September 30 of the fifth year. Students who do so successfully by September 30 of the fifth year will receive the full Dissertation Fellowship retroactively.
Skip to main content. Jump to navigation. Printed eight times during the academic year, and updated continually online, the Bulletin profiles PhD and master's students and reports on GSAS news and events. The dissertation proposal for a fellowship application, which is often an initial version of a dissertation prospectus, is a very special form of writing, a genre in its own right, with its own special context.
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