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PhD Comprehensive Exam Research Proposal

Write your proposal

Your research proposal will consist of a double spaced report of no more than 50 pages including tables, diagrams, and references. 

Your proposal should: 

  1. identify the research problem 
  2. review the relevant literature 
  3. describe the tasks planned to solve the problem, and
  4. propose a timetable for the completion of the project, including the defense of the PhD thesis. 

With approval from your supervisor, you may wish to distribute background working papers to members of the Committee to provide further evidence of background preparation. 

Distribute your proposal

You must submit your proposal to your committee, one copy to each member, at least two weeks before the date of examination. 

You can distribute the proposal electronically through e-mail.