Thesis Prospectus

The format for the Thesis Prospectus is determined by the Thesis Advisor since requirements for each academic department and type of research project differ. In every case, the Thesis Prospectus must provide a detailed blueprint for how the study/project will be carried out.

General Research Outline

(Other types of projects will require different content/outlines.)

  • Title page
  • Introduction providing background and justification for the proposed study
  • Purpose statement, research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Review of relevant literature
  • Research Methods
  • References
  • Appendices (if appropriate)

For examples of a successful thesis prospectus go to the Buley Library or the Honors College Library (Engleman Hall, B225).

Submission of the Thesis Prospectus and Signature Sheet

Due: In November for the fall semester and in April for the spring semester

Send approved Thesis Prospectus and Thesis Prospectus Signature Sheet to Dr. Christine Petto (

Once you have sent an electronic copy of your approved Thesis Prospectus and Signature page, a section of HON 495/493 will be created for the upcoming semester, unless you notify the UHTC Chairperson that you would like to delay enrollment in HON 495/493 until a later semester.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the completion of the Thesis Prospectus, please communicate them to your Thesis Advisor and the UHTC Chairperson, Dr. Christine Petto.