For more information on the prospectus for your program, check the resources for PhD programs on the Office of Research and Doctoral Services’s Doctoral Capstone and Project Resources page.
Beginning June 1, 2020, all prospectus starts should use the new PhD Prospectus Form found on the Doctoral Prospectus Form page.
To prepare for the form and style review, use the following checklist, which is the same checklist we use when we review capstone manuscripts and the checklist we return to the student and committee along with their completed review.
To accompany the doctoral capstone template document, here is some information to note when first beginning to use the template.
How to tag headings (so that headings show up in the TOC):
How to update the TOC (to bring in new headings and update page numbers):
Template and Formatting Resources:
Students start the dissertation by documenting their initial investigation into a research topic, which is used to make decisions about the capstone and is provided to prospective faculty members of the supervisory committee. In all PhD programs, this document is called the Premise, which is followed by a Prospectus The Prospectus is a second document used to confirm the topic for the proposal and the structure of the dissertation committee.
Guides for completing these documents can be found on the Office of Research and Doctoral Services website. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition style should be used for both the Premise and the Prospectus, as well as for the proposal and final study.
The Dissertation Guidebook, available at the Office of Research and Doctoral Services's website, is a complete resource for information on form and style, steps in the dissertation process, and procedures. We also offer a series of capstone webinars on a variety of capstone-related topics.
For questions about writing the proposal, dissertation, thesis, or doctoral study, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confused about assumptions, limitations, and delimitations? See Jen's blog post.