The Dissertation Prospectus or Proposal, which is the plan for the design of the dissertation, must be approved by all members of the dissertation committee at a meeting before you proceed to carry out the plan for the dissertation. Please refer to the Dissertation Manual for details about, and examples of, the Dissertation Proposal. The Dissertation Manual can be found under the "Current Students/Dissertation Material" tab of the GSAPP website.        

Students must register for a minimum of three dissertation credits each semester (excluding internship and summers unless you are actively working with your committee during the summer) until graduation. Students are permitted, however, to register for 1 dissertation credit for one semester only. Although students who take longer to complete their dissertation will likely need to register for more than 9 credits of dissertation work, only 9 dissertation credits will be counted towards the required number of credits for graduation.