Dissertation (D3a and D4)

Dissertation (D3a and D4)

After the comprehensive examination is completed, the student must submit a dissertation proposal to their committee. The dissertation is expected to contribute to knowledge in journalism or mass communication. The proposal should contain a thorough literature review and detailed description of what will be accomplished in the dissertation research. The project should be described in enough detail that faculty members are able to evaluate the overall contribution of the dissertation. The proposal must be approved within one year after completion of the comprehensive examination. The student’s committee must convene for a discussion of the proposal. The committee must indicate their approval of the dissertation proposal by signature on the journalism school’s proposal approval form before the student may proceed.

After the dissertation is completed, the candidate must successfully defend the dissertation in an oral examination conducted by the supervisory committee. Students must follow all MU Graduate School guidelines for defense of the dissertation, including, but not limited to, defense while school is in session and being enrolled in the semester the defense takes place.

The student is allowed a total of three years in ABD status to complete the dissertation (including proposal). The associate dean will grant additional time only in extenuating circumstances.