Writing an overview of your project is designed not only to formally announce your intentions as far as your Master’s thesis goes, but also to help you become more fluent in and informed about the topic for your project. 7-8 double-spaced pages should probably be enough.
Broken into fully developed sections, each with a heading, this overview should include:
The introduction part of your dissertation proposal is the first chapter that undergoes several changes as soon as you progress to the next chapters. This introductory chapter basically set the stage for your complete dissertation proposal journey. This chapter should provide strong beginning and ground for making your dissertation engaging for your readers. Your dissertation intro part should answer the following questions:
- Why you want to study this area of topic, and what you hope to explore or establish in your research?
- What reader should need to know to understand the topic under discussion?
- what will you cover in each chapter?
- What you are trying to answer? What research gap you found after review of literature and how your work will fill the gap in the literature?
2. Statement of problem or question.
- Frames the problem or question that your thesis will be addressing.
- The problem is an issue that arises out of the scholarly literature, theory, or practice that necessitates further study.
- Answers, plainly and clearly, the question “why does this research need to be conducted?”
- Relates the proposed project to specific questions and areas of inquiry within the field.
- Situates the project within the “conversation” of a field. Who in the field would be interested in reading your thesis?
- Explains how your project will extend, revise, or complicate what is already known.
- For a proposal, the literature review should be relatively brief, and should cite/incorporate only the most appropriate sources for establishing the work that’s been done on the subject.
4. Statement of overall purpose.
- Should include a statement that begins “The purpose of this study is…”
- Provides a clear and succinct synopsis of the project.
- Identifies and defines the central concepts of the study.
- Identifies the method of study.
5. Chapter overviews.
- Includes titles, indicates what question you plan to answer and why this particular site is the best one to answer this question.
6. Explanation of limitations.
- What is your project not addressing and why?
- What are some of the weaknesses of your approach to the topic?
7. Statement of project’s significance.
- What specifically will this project contribute to the field? How will it address the questions or gaps in scholarship that you identified in your literature review? Why is it important to do?
8. Work plan/timeline.
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