Dissertation/Thesis Proposal Examination is designed to evaluate a student’s ability to plan, conduct and communicate independent research in both oral and written form. The quality of the proposal document is an important part of the evaluation. Each year, the curriculum committee holds a dissertation/thesis proposal preparation guidance session. Docteral students who have completed the Qualifying Examination are encouraged to attend.
The Dissertation/Thesis Proposal Examination is typically taken between 1st semester of 2nd year following the successful completion of the Qualifying Examination and more than ninety days prior to the final Dissertation/Thesis Defense. The student must submit a written dissertation/thesis proposal to the Committee a minimum of two weeks prior to the oral examination date.
In some circumstances, student advisors may recommend a different timeline for this examination, and students should discuss this possibility with their individual advisor. It is the responsibility of the advisor to communicate any modifications of the examination schedule to the Chaiman of Graduate Programs.
The Dissertation/Thesis Proposal Examination Committee consists of at least five members including:
The composition of the committee should be mutually agreed upon by the student and his/her advisor. It is the responsibility of the Chair of the dissertation advisory committee to :
The Dissertation/Thesis Proposal must be completed and presented by the student to the Committee a minimum of two weeks prior to the oral examination date. This sheet will be signed by the Committee at the completion of the exam and returned to the faculty.
The thesis proposal document must include the following elements :