At Warner Pacific University, the various graduate programs have different final projects. In some cases, it is the traditional Master’s thesis, and in other cases, it is a research project, practicum, or capstone project.

The following tips are helpful if you are engaged in a Master’s thesis.

What is a Research Proposal?

A research proposal is the description of the scope of your investigation. The proposal describes your aim(s), project justification, methodology and research questions. The proposal lists your literature references, timeline, anticipated outcome(s) and shows that there will be enough materials for the study, explaining that you have the expertise to complete the work within the time frame stipulated in the higher degree regulations.

Literature Review

The literature review summarizes the key published academic works related to your topic area. Typically, the review or theoretical framework covers a specific time frame including your own relevant work in a chronological survey, analyzing studies to show their quality and importance to your research. The review may organized under themes or theories and written in the present or past tense.

Thesis Sections

Thesis sections vary by division or department.

Typically, thesis sections include:

  • Title page
  • Abstract of the study
  • Declaration
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of contents
  • List of charts/tables & illustrations

Thesis Chapters

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Literature review
  • Chapter 3: Method (s)
  • Chapter 4: Results
  • Chapter 5: Discussion
  • Chapter 6: Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: Recommendations & Future Work
  • Chapter 8: Bibliography
  • Appendices