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Dissertation Proposal Examples

If you would like to review a successful dissertation proposal, you may want to download one or more of the examples below. Each of these proposals went through a lengthy review process involving numerous iterations based on feedback from a number of reviewers. Prepare yourself for a rigorous review process!

Examples of Qualitative Dissertation Proposals

Title: Self-Perception and Identity Negotiation of Muslim American Women in Higher Education

Program of Study: Global and Comparative Education

Purpose of Study: This phenomenological study explores the influences and experiences that may contribute to the self-perception and identity formation of traditional college-age Muslim American women on campus to better understand how higher education policymakers may improve their learning and social environment. 

Title: AB 540 Community College Students in Southern California: Making Connections and Realizing Dreams

Program of Study: Education

Purpose of Study: This qualitative study applies the construct of institutional agents and the associated theories of social capital and social networking to describe the influence of institutional agents on the experiences of Latino undocumented community college students who qualify for tuition equity in California under AB 540.

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Example of Quantitative Dissertation Proposal

Title: Analysis of Telephonic Pharmacist Counseling

Program of Study: Public Health

Purpose of Study: This correlational study used the behavioral change model to analyze archival data from a sample of 1,148 participants to investigate the relationships between pharmicist counseling, medication adherence, and medication complexity for one pharmacy benefit management firm’s Medicare Part D recipients.

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Example of Mixed Methods Dissertation Proposal

Title: The Use of Differentiated Mathematical Strategies With Secondary Students With Asperger’s Syndrome

Program of Study: Administrative Leadership and Teacher Learning

Purpose of Study: This mixed methods case study uses theories of the Zone of Proximal Development, Information Processing, Structural Cognitive Modifiability, and Metacognition to explore the effects of differentiated mathematical strategies on seventh grade students with Asperger’s Syndrome.

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