The main goals of the prospectus are to:
  1. Present the research question your dissertation will address.
  2. Demonstrate your understanding of the literature relevant to your research question.
  3. Situate your research question within the existing field. (What are the gaps in the field you are attempting to fill? To what new extension to the field does your research contribute?).
  4. Present your research design and methods for gathering and analyzing data.
Proposals vary greatly in length, but anywhere from 30-50 pages is considered normal.