Dissertation prospectus guidelines
- Title: A title reflecting the topic and the perspective taken by the student.
- Research question: A description of the research question(s) to be addressed. This need not necessarily be formulated as a question, but it should capture the main issues being taken up in the study.
- Objectives: A description of the objectives of the thesis with regard to the research question(s) and its contribution to knowledge (including a succinct and well-defined thesis statement or argument).
- Context: A summary of the context surrounding the primary work(s) and/or research question (consisting mainly of a critical review of research and an explanation of how the student’s research fits into previous scholarship).
- Methodology: The method(s) to be employed in analyzing the research question according to the direction given by the thesis statement/argument.
- Outline: An outline of chapter divisions, with chapter titles and a brief indication of the content of each.
- Timeline: A timeline for the completion of the thesis.
- Works cited: A list of works cited in MLA or APA style.
The prospectus must be typed, double-spaced, and written according to the MLA Handbook or the APA Publication Manual, and adhere to UW regulations. The prospectus should be about 12 (and no more than 16) pages long (including works cited).