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The Chicago School Dissertation Documents

The quality of the dissertation is a reflection of doctoral students’ personal and professional reputation and a representation of their cumulative work achieved at TCSPP.  Doctoral students embarking on the dissertation process are required to read this manual to better understand the philosophy that drives the TCSPP engaged practitioner model.  This understanding will enable students to advance and create research that reflects the values of The Chicago School Model of Education. In addition to this manual, students must consult their program’s Departmental Dissertation Supplement​, for department-specific requirements and procedures.

DISSERTATION MANUAL 

2019 Dissertation Manual Final July 2019.pdf

The Chicago School Dissertation Manual is designed to provide an overview of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) institutional policies and procedures for the completion of doctoral dissertations. It is a framework for understanding the expectations of scholarship that reflect the TCSPP mission and provides guidance to students and TCSPP departments.  These requirements are consistent with TCSPP’s institutional philosophy and reflect the unique learning requirements of each department.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Dissertation Manual provides guidance, requirements, and procedures for students and TCSPP faculty for the completion of a doctoral dissertation.  This introduction is an overview of the TCSPP model of education and associated institutional values and learning goals. In addition, this section highlights key terminology and orients the reader to the purpose and expected outcomes of dissertation research.  Chapter 1 is a description of the Dissertation Requirements.  Chapter 2 reviews Dissertation Process Guidelines and the subsequent Appendices provide additional resources intended to support the needs of the dissertation student  

The quality of the dissertation is a reflection of doctoral students’ personal and professional reputation and a representation of their cumulative work achieved at TCSPP.  Doctoral students embarking on the dissertation process are required to read this manual to better understand the philosophy that drives the TCSPP engaged practitioner model.  This understanding will enable students to advance and create research that reflects the values of The Chicago School Model of Education. In addition to this manual, students must consult their program’s Departmental Dissertation Supplement, for department-specific requirements and procedures.



DISSERTATION FORMS​

As students complete certain milestones in the dissertation process, the corresponding program requires students to demonstrate progress through timely submission of all mandatory administrative forms to the Department manager or Dissertation Designee, which is an appointed person within the department. Contact the specific department for further information on the Dissertation Designee or click here.  Refer to the following steps and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Dissertation Manual, and check Your Program Guidelines for specific requirements.​

Form A – Dissertation Committee Request

Form A formally documents the committeee Chair and Reader(s).

Form B – Dissertation Project Goals

Students and Chairs complete Form B at the beginning of each term to document the plan for dissertation progress during a given term, and goals must be the result of mutual agreement between students and Chairs.

Form C – Proposal Review

Form C formally documents the committee’s decision with respect to approval of the proposal. If revisions are required, then students must submit Form C again to the committee after revisions have been made. A proposal cannot be considered successfully defended until all members of the committee are in agreement that the proposal has passed.

Form D – Dissertation Review

Form D formally documents the committee’s decision with respect to approval of the final dissertation. If revisions are required, then students must submit Form D again to the committee after revisions have been made. A manuscript cannot be considered successfully defended until all members of the dissertation committee are in agreement that the manuscript has passed. The manuscript is scored along four dimensions on a scale of 1-5. A minimum score of 3.0 is needed in each dimension for it to pass. (See Dissertation Rubric below)

Form E – Oral Defense

Form E formally documents the committee’s decision with respect to approval of the oral defense, if an oral defense is a requirement of the academic program. If the oral defense is not passed, then students must submit Form E again to the committee. An oral defense cannot be considered successful until all members of the committee are in agreement that the oral defense has passed. The oral defense is scored along four dimensions on a scale of 1-5. A minimum score of 3.0 is needed in each category for the oral defense to pass.


 

DISSERTATION T​EMPLATE

DISSERTATION ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Resources for Research Design & Methodologies

Dissertation_Rubric.pdf