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Proposal Seminar

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This course will assist learners in determining their dissertation topic. Learners will work on their own dissertation prospectus/proposal as well as discuss the work of the other learners in the class. Upon completion of this course, learners will develop their problem statement, purpose statement, and determine the most effective research tradition to use for their dissertation. At the end of this course, learners will have incorporated this information to form the first chapter of their dissertation proposal.

Course Competencies


  • Formulate an appropriate dissertation topic.
  • Identify knowledge gaps in a selected field by synthesizing relevant literature.
  • Define a problem to address the current issues and gaps in knowledge.
  • Select an appropriate research design and methodology for a topic of inquiry.
  • Develop research questions and hypothesis for quantitative investigation or research questions for interpretive, naturalistic inquiry that will ultimately address the knowledge gaps and underlying motivations of your study.



This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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