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A dissertation is an original contribution to the body of academic literature and theory in your field. It addresses a gap in existing research or theory that will contribute to the knowledge base. At Capella, a PhD dissertation involves a quest for new knowledge that is relevant to the field and solves a real-world problem.
Start early and get support throughout your program
As you advance through your program’s research and residency courses, you will strive for mastery in each of these critical areas:
For most PhD programs, you’ll complete three virtual residency courses to help you work on your dissertation early and continuously throughout your program.
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Ideation
Your instructor will lead you through a set of rigorous activities to help you develop and evaluate proposed topic areas and theories for your dissertation.
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Development
You will apply writing, research and critical thinking skills by identifying a problem, developing research questions and finalizing a project topic that is appropriate for your program.
Doctoral Project Development – Framework Development
You will apply advanced research and writing skills through the development of a detailed project framework based on work in prior residencies.
Break your research down into manageable steps. See what you’ve accomplished, where you are and what’s next in your plan.
Make weekly targets
Set reminders based on your to-do list and receive notifications in your inbox.
Connect with faculty
Stay on the same page. Share your plan. Your faculty will guide you through your checklists, goals and timelines.
Our resources can point you in the right direction to meet your goals and keep you on track.