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Citation Master Pages: Dissertation Breakdown

Dissertation Chapters

The traditional dissertation is organized into 5 chapters and includes the following elements and pages:

  • Title page (aka cover page)
  • Signature page (aka committee page but without signatures)
  • Copyright page (strongly recommended to protect your scholarship)
  • Abstract (We’ll emphasize spending quality time refining the abstract as it’s widely read)
  • Dedication page (optional)
  • Acknowledgments page (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Table of Contents (We’ll recommend that you use auto formatting with Word headings)
  • List of Tables (if applicable)
  • List of Figures (if applicable)
  • Dissertation Body, 5 Distinct Chapters:
    • Chapter I: Introduction
    • Chapter II: Review of Literature
    • Chapter III: Methodology (Research Design & Methods)
    • Chapter IV: Presentation of Research (Results)
    • Chapter V: Summary, Implications, Conclusions (Discussion)
  • Footnotes (if separate from dissertation)
  • References
  • Bibliography (rare but valuable for other researchers – ask your chair)
  • Appendix (can include consent forms and other research documents) 

Antioch University Writers' Exchange. (2021). The Dissertation: Chapter Breakdown.