How to Write a Winning Thesis Proposal

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How to Write a Winning Thesis ProposalExcepts from an article about how to write a thesis proposal — written by Dr. Wendy Carter for FinishLine, the free monthly newsletter of TA-DA!™, which provides tips, tools, and techniques for completing a thesis or dissertation|  | When I was in graduate school I spent a lot of time going to workshops on how to write a thesis proposal. None helped me jumpstart the thesis proposal writing process. Usually after a workshop I felt more overwhelmed than I did before attending. Looking at sample thesis proposals in my discipline gave me some ideas, but did not motivate me to get started. It wasn't until I found a wonderful book called The Proposal Cookbook: A Step by Step Guide to Dissertation and Thesis Proposal Writing by J. Bruce Francis, that I felt confident to begin writing my thesis proposal. This book is out of print, so I have summarized some of its suggestions for you here.Before we start, here's a thesis writing tipA thesis proposal is generally written in the present and future tense. A thesis on the other hand is always written in past tense.The following tips assume that you already have a thesis topic selected.   13 Ingredients of a Winning Thesis Proposal| 1. Introduction (1-2 pages)|

* If you are required to write an introduction, write it so it captures the reader’s interest in this overview. It does not have to be perfect.| * You can write this section last. Your best overview of you project most likely will come after you have written the other sections of your proposal. | 2. Problem Statement|

* First formulate a research question. Next restate the question in the form of a statement: note the adverse consequences of the problem. | * The type of study determines the kinds of question you should formulate, such as Is there something wrong in society, theoretically unclear or in dispute, or historically worth studying? Is there a program, drug,...
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