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ETD | Proposing a Topic


Office of Graduate Studies and Research
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Tubman, Jonathan G.
Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8075
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You will submit a written proposal for your thesis or dissertation topic to be approved by your department or school. The proposal should convey the feasibility of the proposed project and present evidence of the soundness of the proposed methodology for accomplishing the research. Consult with your advisor for more information on your school or college’s proposal procedures.

Note: If your research will involve observing, surveying, interviewing, or experimenting on human subjects, you must consult with your department/school representative to the University’s Institutional Review Board. If your research meets the definition of human subjects research, you will need to complete ethics training and submit a project description for IRB approval before you can begin the project.