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Complete the online Approval Form Request at least 2 weeks before your public defense. If your committee has changed since your admission to candidacy, the Change of Committee form must be submitted before your approval forms can be created. Lori will contact you via email when your form is ready for pickup. Obtain the original signatures of your committee members and your program director in blue or black ink on your original approval form after your successful defense.

Submit Final Paperwork Bring the original approval form with all appropriate signatures to the Graduate School within 10 business days after your final defense. Emailed and faxed copies are not acceptable. Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates and print out the certificate of completion to submit to the Graduate School along with your signed approval form applies to doctoral students only.

Consult the checklist of common formatting errors prior to submission. While there are nuanced difference in the details between qualitative and quantitative studies, the methodologies to both are similar. In short, a methodology provides a blueprint for other researchers to follow, allowing them to conduct their own study while using your method to arrive at similar findings. The following excerpts provide a brief overview of how the two approaches to methodology formation differ.

The purpose of the IRB proposal is to answer four key questions of why your research is important, how you intend to conduct the research, who will take part in your study, and how you will manage experimental data once you have collected it.

Just as with the other chapters you will write as you work through this process, the IRB application can be broken down into a few key components. Adequately addressing these four key components will give your IRB confidence in your ability to proceed with the study in a safe and ethical manner.

Generally, the dissertation proposal consists of Chapters More specifically, your dissertation proposal will need to show your committee that you have identified a purposeful and important dissertation study part of the Introduction, Chapter 1 , will fill a gap in the literature part of the Literature Review, Chapter 2 , and have a method to assess that gap part of the Methodology, Chapter 3.

The Quantitative Results Chapter includes confirming the correct analyses, conducting the actual analyses, and the write-up and explanation of the findings. You must conduct descriptive statistics on demographic and research variables i. The Qualitative Results Chapter includes thematization and reliability. You must read and re-read your interview transcripts; Thematize your participant responses; and Draft or co-draft results chapter to present themes and supporting excerpts of those themes.

The Discussion Chapter must provide an explanation of your contribution to the body of knowledge in your field, yet it needs to do so by offering a compact review of your dissertation as a whole. In order to accomplish this, your committee will likely look for you to cover several key pieces, at the least.

To start, you will necessarily need a summary of Chapters 1 and 3 wherein you reiterate the essential points from both Chapters. The purpose of APA style citation is so others can look up and access all resources cited in a paper and check them for validity. It gives context to your research, explains what your results mean, and the relevance. As part of the discussion incorporate elements of your literature review and describe the significance and implications of what you found.

Although editing and revising occurs throughout the writing process, budget sufficient time to return to your draft for full-scale revision. Seeking feedback, reviewing, and editing your document helps you to:. Your defense is your final opportunity to present your dissertation as a coherent, intelligent product to the committee members who will read and evaluate it.

And, although the defense is a challenging prospect, remember it is your chance to share your work with interested colleagues, who will give you valuable feedback.

Your dissertation defense committee will have informed you that you passed your defense, or passed with minor revisions needed. In some cases, substantial revisions are needed before the committee members agree to pass the dissertation. The procedures, requirements, and timelines for completing the dissertation process may vary depending on the department and college with which you are affiliated and the type of doctorate you will receive.

Once any needed revisions have been completed and approved, you are ready to finish the dissertation and submit the final version to the Graduate School. Once you have completed the committee, departmental, and graduate school requirements regarding the dissertation, you're almost done.

Now it is time for personal and professional considerations. Find a way to bring closure to the dissertation and the doctorate as a goal, deadline, and benchmark in your life and look ahead to the future and the next steps in your career. Taking time to celebrate your achievements, honor and appreciate those who have helped along the way, and refocus your activities will help you articulate and pursue new goals for research, publications, teaching, and community service.

Sign in for due date notification options. Identify and refine your research question. Examine the requirements, expectations, and methods used by your department, program, and advisor. Review completed dissertations in your field, those done by students in your program, with your advisor, and on similar topics. Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote or other strategies. You can use these tools to create "in-text" citations and bibliographies or works cited lists as you write.

In some cases, you will be given a research question or a list of topics to choose from by your advisor. In other cases, you will develop a topic based on your own research interests. Review departmental information to learn about faculty research areas and identify faculty who might be interested in working with you.

Do a preliminary study of the literature related to your topics to understand previous research, key themes, issues, variables, methodologies, limitations, terminology, controversies, and gaps in the current research.

Identify significant researchers and scholars working in the area. Consult a variety of sources such as websites, research blogs, books, journal articles, conferences, organizations, and other sources. Narrow your ideas to 2 or 3 possible research questions. Evaluate your question using criteria like feasibility, scope too narrow or too broad , your level of interest, and future benefit to your career.

Discuss your ideas with colleagues, mentors, and other professors for comment and feedback. Organize your research ideas into a pre-proposal for use in discussion and negotiation with your advisor. Revise and modify as needed based on comments gathered. Be sure that you and your advisor are in agreement about the research questions before drafting the final proposal.

Tips from the Libraries: The ULibraries have many print and ebooks on the process of writing dissertations. Percent time spent on this step: Develop the research design and methodology. Understand that your choice of design and methods will influence the niche you develop for yourself within your department, your discipline, and the wider academic community. Read and review information about design and methodology e. Consider any philosophical and practical factors. Identify the theoretical approaches inherent in your design and methods.

Review the literature and write the proposal or prospectus. Title-Write an effective title for your dissertation proposal. Remember that the title is the first thing that is going to help the reader understand the nature of your work.

You will likely revise the title but aim to include the most important descriptive words. The title words will help researchers find your work in the future when they search for research online. Avoid ambiguous words and use a subtitle if needed. Explain the significance of your question and potential outcomes. The introduction establishes the context for your research by briefly summarizing the current and background information about the topic.

Use it to state the purpose of your work in the form of the hypothesis, question, or research problem, and briefly explain your rationale, theoretical perspective, design and methodological approach.

Identify the significance and potential outcomes your project. The introduction might include acknowledgement of the previous work on which you are building, an explanation of the scope of your research, what will and will not be included, and a "road map" or "table of contents" to guide the reader to what lies ahead.

Although this is the first section the reader comes to, you might want to to write it last, since until then, you will not be absolutely sure what you are introducing.


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Complete online submission of the final dissertation (PDF) and abstract (text). Note that revisions and re-submission may be required. Once Rackham OARD has approved the submission, no changes or corrections may be made to the dissertation. Writing a dissertation is nothing like crafting a research paper for your class. It has a lot of sections and you’ll have to work very hard on each of them. It has a lot .