Thesis Proposal A formal thesis proposal
is required and shall be prepared in accordance with the standards of the
academic discipline. The formal proposal must provide a clear and lucid
description of a question or problem and a proposed method for answering it.
Capstone thesis faculty must approve the proposal before students move on to
the next stage of the process. The proposal should explain the question or
problem to be investigated and convince the thesis professor that the question
or problem merits investigation. It should show that the student has read the
relevant and recent literature on the subject, and it should contain a list of
academically appropriate resources consulted during the preliminary stages of
research. In general, the thesis proposal should include background information
related to the research topic, purpose of the research, methodology, and
analytic procedures to be used. Proposal drafting is considered a learning
process and helps students avoid oversights and possible mistakes. The formal proposal
should not exceed five pages (title page not included). For an overview of the
required components a thesis should contain.