Completing a dissertation is a challenging process that requires meticulous planning and sustained effort for an extended period of time, and the rewards are not always apparent or tangible. Completing a dissertation remotely has its own unique challenges. Writing from personal experience, when I was two years into my doctoral program and had just taken my qualifying exam, my husband received a fabulous opportunity in the San Francisco Bay Area. We packed up the family from Boston, and I completed the remaining three years of my program remotely. Here are some tips for making the process manageable so that you can stay on track.
Completing a dissertation prospectus isn't only up to the student. The document itself is subject to review by the student's dissertation committee and other academic faculty members relevant to their field of study.
Newsletter: Completing a Dissertation
Over the past decade, I have witnessed some students struggle to complete a dissertation while others manage to turn hard work into results swiftly. The final component of a doctoral program––the dissertation––does not have to be a daunting experience. Across disciplines, there is one skill that stands out among students who succeed in a timely manner. What is the skill that makes the large, overwhelming project of completing a dissertation manageable? The skill that will see you through to dissertation completion is taking responsibility for managing your dissertation as a research and writing project. The moment you take full responsibility for managing your dissertation as a project is the moment you will begin to see the end of your career as a student and the beginning of your career as a professional.