Dissertation Proposals

Departments and programs have different procedures and requirements for doctoral dissertation proposals, but all students must submit a written statement in sufficient detail and analytic specificity to define the research problem, citing pertinent sources of data and bibliography, and describing the methodology to be used. Students are responsible for ascertaining with their department/program whether there are additional requirements for the proposal.

Doctoral dissertation proposals shall be approved in writing by a committee of not more than three faculty, all of whom must be members of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or specially approved faculty as described in the policies for the nomination and appointment of the defense committee; one of the three may be from outside the student's department/program. The sponsor of the dissertation must be an approved dissertation sponsor in the student's department/program.

After the defense, the completed Dissertation Proposal Committee Report, signed and approved by the committee members, must be submitted by the department to the Dissertation Office in 107 Low Library.

Students are expected to submit their dissertation proposal within six months after completion of the MPhil degree (in cases in which the defense of the proposal is not one of the requirements for the MPhil degree). Students should consult with their director of graduate studies to determine whether their department or program has an earlier deadline.