Birmingham Dissertation Proposal




Admission 

The Graduate School has the below standard application deadline dates.  Some graduate programs may have earlier application deadline dates, so please refer to the program-specific website or contact the department directly if you have any questions about their requirements.
SEMESTER

DEGREE-SEEKING APPLICATION DEADLINE DATENON-DEGREE SEEKING APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE
Spring 2018

December 1, 2017

January 1, 2018

Summer 2018

May 1, 2018

June 18, 2018

 Fall 2018

August 1, 2018

August 20, 2018

Spring 2019

December 1, 2018

December 31, 2018

Our application portal is located here.  You will click “Sign Up” if this is your first time visiting this application portal.  Otherwise, you will log into your existing account with the email address that you have used previously.

Candidacy

The Graduate School has the below candidacy deadline dates for all Plan I students.  Doctoral students are required to have a minimum of two (2) semesters in candidacy while master’s students are required to have a minimum of one (1) semester in candidacy.  This paperwork must be processed by the appropriate deadline in order to be applicable for that semester.  For example, if your admission to candidacy is processed by the Fall 2017 deadline of August 25, 2017, that semester counts as your first semester in candidacy.    

FIRST SEMESTER IN CANDIDACY

DEADLINE DATE

 Spring 2018

 January 5, 2018

 Summer 2018 – 14 week*

 May 4, 2018

 Summer 2018 – 10 week*

 June 1, 2018

Fall 2018

August 24, 2018

Spring 2019

January 4, 2019

If you are unsure whether your 699 or 799 research hours begin in the 14-week or 10-week Summer session, please check with your department or view the class schedule to determine the start date.

 







Awarding of a Degree or Graduate-Level Certificate

The Graduate School has the below application for degree and/or graduate-level certificate deadline dates.  Note the associated deadline dates for Plan I (students completing a thesis or dissertation) and Plan II (students not completing a thesis or dissertation).  Degree requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Plan I (students completing a thesis or dissertation)

SEMESTER

DIPLOMA DATE

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE DEADLINE DATEFINAL DEFENSE DEADLINE DATE

DEADLINE FOR DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

Spring 2018

 April 28, 2018

 January 19, 2018

 March 30, 2018

No later than 10 business days following public defense

Summer 2018

 August 11, 2018

  May 18, 2018

 July 13, 2018

No later than 10 business days following public defense

Fall 2018

December 15, 2018

September 7, 2018

November 16, 2018

No later than 10 business days following public defense

Spring 2019

 April 27, 2019

 January 18, 2019

 March 29, 2018

 No later than 10 business days following public defense


Plan II
(students not completing a thesis or dissertation)

SEMESTER

DIPLOMA DATE

APPLICATION FOR DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE DEADLINE DATE*
Spring 2018April 28, 2018January 19, 2018
Summer 2018August 11, 2018May 18, 2018
Fall 2018December 15, 2018September 7, 2018
Spring 2019April 27, 2019January 18, 2019

*Check with your department as some programs have earlier deadline dates (e.g. School of Education).


Helpful Links:


Application for Graduate Degree/Certificate
Students planning to graduate in the upcoming term can access the Application for Graduate Degree/Certificate online through BlazerNET by clicking Links/Forms and selecting Apply for Graduate Degree/Certificate. The application must be submitted by the deadline date listed above; however, check with your department as some programs have earlier deadline dates (e.g. School of Education).

Approval Form Request

Change of Diploma Mailing Address

Change of Graduate Study Committee

ProQuest Submission Site

Survey of Earned Doctorates – doctoral students only

Your research proposal will be the recipe for your dissertation. Your introduction should clearly state what the proposed research will be about. It is useful to start with a clear formulation of your research question and should include a short version of your literature review.

You will then need to expand on this by explaining:

  • Where this research question comes from
  • If it arises out of a debate in the literature, prior research or personal experience, introduce that in your proposal.
  • Why this research is important
  • Rationale is crucial as it aims to convince your supervisor that the research is worth doing. 

The literature review should state:

  • What is known on your topic
  • What is not known
  • Where the priorities for research lie

The literature review is an important part of your rationale as it provides a framework for the reader to understand the research question and methodology. It also demonstrates to the reader your awareness of the breadth and diversity of the literature relating to your research question. It is a carefully structured outline of what others have said and done. It also requires critical examination of the related literature including strengths, weaknesses and gaps.

Your supervisor will help you to understand about the breadth of the literature you need to consult.

  

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