Dissertation prospectus and research

Required Documents - Approval of the Dissertation Prospectus for Ed.D. & Ph.D.

  1. A copy of the Dissertation Prospectus (usually the first three chapters of the dissertation or in an alternative format approved by the advisor):
    1. Chapter I: Background/Introduction (including, but not limited to the Statement of the Problem and Purpose of the Study).
    2. Chapter II: Literature Review.
    3. Chapter III: Methodology
  2. The original Prospectus and Record of Approval Form (with signatures of the Dissertation Advisory Committee):
    1. Ed.D.Form
    2. Ph.D. Form
  3. Submit the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form. Each committee member must complete and sign the Conflict of Interest disclosure form.
  4. For proposals reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB): A copy of the signed IRB Memorandum of Approval is required. Submission of an unsigned IRB Memorandum of Approval is no longer acceptable.
  5. For proposals NOT reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), a copy of the completed questionnaire, Human Participant Research: How is it Defined? is required.

All documents are submitted to 489, Education

What Students Should Know Before Beginning Research at Wayne State University

Research is regulated by Federal, State and local agencies. Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to providing a user friendly and informed research environment for its students that is based upon the highest research standards.

Federal Regulations require that before beginning any human participant research, you must obtain approval from the WSU Institutional Review Board. You may not be able to use your research data if you fail to obtain permission from the IRB prior to beginning your research. Other disciplinary actions may also apply to cases of noncompliance with this requirement.

As a student, you must have a WSU Faculty Supervisor.

There is mandatory on-line training required for all investigators (including students and their faculty supervisors) who submit research projects to the IRB for review. These training modules must be completed before IRB approval can be given to a research project.

Research with human subjects is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. See the IRB website for a more detailed definition. If you have any questions please call us at (313) 577-1628.

Please also refer to our Handbook for Investigators.

We offer weekly trainings at a variety of locations. Please see our website.

We have a listserv for researchers that you may want to join. This will help you keep up to date on form changes, training opportunities, policy changes and other occasional announcements. Information to join the IRB-info@lists.wayne.edu.

For more information, please visit these other websites:

Plagiarism Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism includes copying material from outside texts or presenting outside information as if it were your own by not crediting authors through citations. It can be deliberate or unintended. If you're in doubt about the use of a source, cite it. Students caught plagiarizing information from other sources will be subject to the Student Code of Conduct, which states that students can be subject to multiple sanctions, from reprimand to expulsion as a consequence of academic dishonesty.