Research and Design I, II
For Dissertation, Doctoral Project, and Masters Thesis, Candidates
Step 1. Begin working with the Dean to identify the topic you plan to address in your proposed study. Submit an initial one or two-page outline with enough citations to substantiate the evidence for the basis for your proposed study. The Dean must approve your study’s general content, breadth, and depth.
Step 2. Obtain a mentor who has a relevant doctoral degree and can help you successfully complete your dissertation, doctoral project, or thesis. The mentor must submit his or her vitae for the Dean’s approval. If you cannot identify an appropriate mentor, the Dean will identify one. The importance of the mentor cannot be over-stressed. The mentor’s relationship with you and their knowledge of the topic and research design are vital in producing a quality study. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean as the dissertation, project or thesis progresses.
Step 3. Research I results in the development of a brief — typically four to five double-spaced page — annotated outline and initial bibliography for the dissertation, doctoral project, or masters thesis. You complete this brief summary, get it approved and signed by the mentor, and submit it to the Dean for approval. Masters candidates can, at this stage, begin writing their thesis or project.
For Doctoral Dissertation or Project Candidates
Once Research I is approved, you advance to Research II.
Step 4. Research II results in a more complete annotated, integrated, outline and bibliography. It typically comprises ten to twenty double-spaced pages. This longer and more detailed document provides you the platform for a greater opportunity to complete a quality dissertation, doctoral project, or masters thesis. This advanced outline and bibliography typically represents more than half of the total effort. In reality, the dissertation, doctoral project or thesis is not primarily a writing endeavor, but rather one of research and structure and of expanding the initial outline.
Step 5. Upon final review of your proposal, your Dean approves the final outline and bibliography. This fulfills completion of the courses Research I & II (twelve credit hours).
Step 6. You may now proceed to write your dissertation, doctoral project or masters thesis. During this phase, your primary interactions will be with your mentor. The Dean should be contacted only if major problems or questions arise.
Step 7. Email your final draft of your dissertation, doctoral project or thesis to your Dean for review and comments. Any changes or edits required will be made before the Dean’s final approval. The following specific guidelines will be followed.
Your outline and bibliography will expand as your research and literature review develop from your initial one or two-page proposal through Research I and finally, the completion of Research II and approval of your advancement to candidacy.
Your research and literature review should stimulate interaction between the growth of your bibliography and the growth and structure of the annotated outline.
Relevant page numbers from citations should be kept in separate notes to be used later in writing the study. The Social, Health, and Behavioural Health domains should use APA Style. Some short summary guidelines are available here. It is recommended, but not required, that other academic domains use Harvard Outline format.
The candidate’s research should stimulate interaction between the growth of the bibliography and the growth and structure of the detailed outline. All researched areas should be listed in the bibliography but not necessarily integrated into the outline.
Candidates will be required to have their dissertations, projects, and theses screened by Turnitin, (www.turnitin.com) to show the independence of their work. All submitted dissertations, projects, and theses are expected to have been submitted through spell and grammar-check. If necessary, work with a copyeditor.
The final submitted annotated integrative outline and bibliography may differ somewhat from the original outline and bibliography. Major changes, however, must be submitted to the Dean for approval.