Thesis & Proposal
A student’s research formally begins with the submission of a dissertation proposal to the dissertation committee. Your thesis committee should consist of three faculty members, which includes a supervisor from the WGSI graduate faculty. The dissertation proposal is normally about 20-30 pages (not including references); it should draw in significant part on the work done for the comprehensive exams. The student will submit a proposal to all committee members. The committee will approve the proposal after a student’s satisfactory completion of the written submission, and oral exam.
The dissertation proposal will be accepted no later than May of the second year of Ph.D. studies, for students admitted with an M.A. degree. It should be accepted no later than March of the third year of Ph.D. studies, for direct-entry students.
Students whose projects require human subjects’ approval will submit protocols along with the proposal. For more details, see Research and Innovation’s Research Ethics and Protections website.
Each student will complete a dissertation based on original research conducted by the candidate on a topic in women and gender studies, approved by the supervisory committee. The dissertation must constitute a significant contribution to the knowledge of the field, and be based on research conducted while registered for the Ph.D. program. It will be submitted and evaluated according to the procedures specified by the School of Graduate Studies.