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the Dissertation proposal

CIS 720: April 4, 2016









Section 5.0: Preparation and Defense of Dissertation Proposal


What’s in a dissertation proposal?

Most proposals contain:

Introduction to problem being studied

Review of relevant literature

Description of methodology to be usedThis usually corresponds to first three chapters of the dissertationIf a pilot study or other preliminary investigations have been conducted, these should also be reportedKnow your styleGrad Division Style Policy – required infoCIS style policy?

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Who should be on your committee?

At least five members, including:Committee chair: regular CIS faculty member (can’t be from cooperating or affiliate CIS faculty)

University Representative

: member of UHM graduate faculty who’s not regular/cooperating/affiliate CIS faculty

At least one inside member from outside chair’s program/departmentRemaining inside members can be regular/ cooperating/affiliate CIS facultyAlso possible to include emeritus, non-graduate and outside faculty members on committee. See Office of Graduate Education site for details.


Who should be on your committee?

Need help finding members?

To find out who’s actually on the CIS faculty and who’s not, search online:


When do you defend your proposal?

Proposal defense must be completed by the end of four years. BUT …

This period can be extended by petition to CIS Executive Board, subject to a seven-year limit.

So you’re ready to start thinking about your dissertation proposal defense

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What’s required before you schedule?

Finish CIS 701, 702, 703 and research methods or data analysis course

Pass all area exams

Finish research paper

Complete Form I: Doctorate – Pre-Candidacy Progress and send to CIS Program Office to document that these requirements have been metImage source:



What’s required before you schedule?

Find your dissertation committee chair, then assemble your committee

Seek approval of proposed committee from CIS chair, who will clear with CIS executive board

At least three weeks before you plan to defend, send proposal title, abstract and draft to CIS chair, including:

ReferencesProposed committeeJustification of the appropriateness of each committee member Schedule defense meeting at a time that the dissertation committee and the CIS chair can attend and arrange a room


(At least) Two weeks before defense


Form II: Doctorate – Advance to Candidacy

and give to dissertation committee chair

Send email announcement of time and place of your proposal defense to all CIS faculty members and students, and invite them to attend. Include proposal title and abstract.Send a copy of your proposal to each member of your committee and CIS chair


Day of your proposal defense

You’re ready to present and defend your proposal in a public meeting!

Each committee member will assess the proposal document via this form


Day of your proposal defense

Your dissertation committee will decide whether your proposal is:

Accepted as written

: committee signs Form II

Accepted with modifications: committee signs Form II and you make changesNot accepted: Committee may require additional courses or readings, or may not allow you to proceed with the proposed dissertation topic. You can submit another proposal. Congratulations,

Chamil! March 30, 2016



But let’s just assume your proposal was accepted.


What are the next steps?

If your research includes human subjects, you need approval from UHM’s Committee on Human Studies (aka IRB: Institutional Review Board).

Learn how to create an IRB research protocol

This can take some time, and you may have to complete some online training courses (do them now to be ready!)

Forward signed Form II and a copy of human subjects authorization to the Office of Graduate EducationThis indicates you’ve successfully completed the OGE requirement for a comprehensive examination and have advanced to all but dissertation stage (ABD). Yay you! You’re ABD! Now for the “D” …

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