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COUN Courses:
COUN 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation

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(5 credits)

The focus of this course is on the preparation for the dissertation phase of training. In this course, students identify a dissertation topic and potential dissertation committee members; begin to conduct a literature review; develop a problem statement and research questions; and evaluate research designs, methods, and types of analyses to use for their dissertation. Students also complete their initial premise in this course and an annotated outline of their prospectus. The prospectus is a brief paper, typically 15–20 pages in length, which helps students organize, delineate, and make decisions regarding their doctoral study and appropriate research methodology. It is strongly recommended that students take this course after they have successfully completed all research courses in their program of study.


  • COUN 8120
  • COUN 8203
  • RSCH 8260 or RSCH 8360 or RSCH 8460
  • CPLB 802L