Most universities offer comprehensive guidelines in their dissertation manuals about how to set up and organize the dissertation and the proposal. In the Social Sciences, most dissertations are organized into four or five chapters. However, there are many variations on the nature of these chapters, and the details are left up to the discretion of the Dissertation Committee. In the Social Sciences, the dissertation proposal generally consists of the first three chapters (in a five-chapter format) or the first two chapters (in a four-chapter format).
Working closely with your AMST 399 professor and your advisor on multiple drafts of the proposal is an important aspect of this process. The student and advisor should agree on a schedule for submission of drafts. Because the faculty committee will need to read all of the proposals, discuss them, and reach a decision in a very short time, no feedback will be given other than Approved or Rejected. There will be no appeals on the decision of the committee.
How to write a thesis proposal 1
Either an outline or a table of contents will work for almost all theses. However, your instructor may have a specific choice, so consider asking his or her input. Outlines are generally easier than a table of contents, but for either choice, you will want to write the rest of the proposal before providing the outline or table of contents, so you know exactly what to include. Below is an example of what that outline should look like.