Every discipline has specific requirements regarding parts of the thesis. You are expected to be thoroughly familiar with all of Harvard Extension School's regulations involving plagiarism, the proper use of sources, and the preparation of academic papers. You can learn more about these regulations at: Academic Integrity. We want you to have the structure you need to construct your work as efficiently as possible, but also give you the flexibility you need to flesh out your ideas and support your hypothesis.
Parts of the Thesis
The thesis and its parts
How to write a thesis proposal
When working on a masters or doctoral degree, in most cases, a student must submit an extensive thesis or dissertation. Before this, however, he or she must also submit a thesis proposal , or detailed summary of the dissertation. Presented as both a written report and seminar, this proposal is carefully reviewed by a committee, who determine if the subject is appropriate and whether the topic is relevant to the field of study. If the committee does not see any value in the chosen topic, the thesis will not be approved. As a result, the proposal is one of the most important parts of a dissertation, as it determines whether the student can write it.
However, a thesis proposal usually precedes any dissertation or thesis writing. It is submitted for the consideration of a thesis committee. On the basis of a thesis proposal, the committee will assess whether the whole research is worth undertaking. If they approve of your proposal, you will be given the green light to carry out the research and write a dissertation or thesis.