Pre-Proposal

Planning for the Dissertation


The prospectus (aka pre-proposal) is developed in stages and includes concise statements such as the general and specific research problem with the most relevant work on the topic, the purpose of the proposed study, importance of the study, proposed methodology and research design, the main research question(s) and if applicable null hypotheses, a diagram of the theoretical foundation and/or conceptual framework, and a brief list of references.

Please adhere closely to the most recent APA procedures and standards for scientific communications throughout the research process. Do not trust any other source other than the APA Publication Manual (2010), which is currently the 6th edition and has been updated to the sixth printing.

The following attachments are suggested guidelines I have found to be useful for each section of the prospectus. Please follow closely your university Dissertation Manual for distinct expectations and checklists to build the sections.

See files below for the following:

Choosing a Topic
Basic Research Proposal Resources
The Dissertation Proposal
Qualitative Research Proposals
Quantitative Research Proposals

Mixed Methods Research Proposals
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