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2010

1

N
AVAL
P
OSTGRADUATE
S
CHOOL


D
EPARTMENT OF
N
ATIONAL
S
ECURITY
A
FFAIRS




Proposal for a thesis entitled:
[Title goes here]



From:

[Rank, First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Service]


To:

Associate Chair for Instruction, Department of National Security

Affairs


Via:



1. __________________________________________________ Date: ______________

Professor [First & Last Name] Thesis Advisor or Co
-
Advisor [delete one]
1



2. __________________________________________________ Date: ______________

Professor [Fir
st & Last Name] Second Reader or Co
-
Advisor [delete one]



3. __________________________________________________ Date: ______________

Professor [First & Last Name], Academic Associate



4. __________________________________________________ Date: __________
____

Professor
Mohammed Hafez
,
Associate
Chair

of Instruction
, Department of
National Security Affairs


Subject:

Thesis Proposal for the Degree of Master of Arts in Security Studies ([Insert the
name of your curriculum here])



My anticipated graduation da
te is [insert date here].



____________________________________________________ Date: ______________

Student Signature




1

A thesis committee must consist of an Advisor and a Second Reader, or two Co
-
Advisors. Please consult NSA thesis policy for an explanation of this distinction.


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2010

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Statement Regarding Research with Human Subjects


The Naval Postgraduate School requires that special care be taken in the conduct of
r
esearch involving human subject
s
.
NPS

requirements are in line with national academic
norms, and are intended to insure that the privacy, safety, and other rights of individuals
are protected.


Resea
rch with human subjects includes
:


a)

research
employing

su
rveys, interviews, observation, audio or video recording,
and equipment testing involving human subjects
, whether conducted in person,
on
-
line via the web or email, or by telephone
;


or


b)

research that reveals, directly or indirectly, private information a
bout identifiable
living individuals
.

Private information in this context includes both personal
information that is normally treated as confidential (name, home address and
telephone number, social security number, and so on), and descriptions of non
-
publ
ic behavior.


Research involving human subject
s
, as just described, requires prior review and approval
by the NPS Institutional Research Board before research can commence.
Additional
information about research with human subjects, including i
nformation ab
out
the review
process
, all necessary forms and instructions, and a link to the required on
-
line training
for all those engaged in such research,

can be found at the IRB website:
http://www.nps.edu/Research
/IRB.htm
.


Please complete and sign the following statement:


The research described in this proposal does / does not (circle one) involve research
with h
uman subjects, as described above.




____________________________________________________ Date: ____
__________

Student Signature


If your proposed research
does

involve human subjects, you are required to complete the
web
-
based training provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
The CITI training can be reached via a link on
the IRB website, above. The on
-
line
program will allow you to print out a certificate of completion when you are done. A
copy of that certificate must be inc
luded with this thesis proposal before it is passed to the
Chair for his signature.


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2010

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T
HESIS
P
ROPOSA
L


[Title goes here]


[Describe your proposed thesis using the template that follows. Keep the capitalized,
bold
-
faced section headers, but remove bracketed instructions or explanatory
information, including this paragraph. All of the main text should be d
ouble
-
spaced.
Sources should be cited in single
-
spaced footnotes formatted according to Chicago rules
for the humanities, the same rules that apply to the finished thesis. Examples can be
found
here
.]

1.

MAJOR RESEARCH QUESTION

[Usually a paragraph or two that states succinctly and specifically what it is you
intend to study.]

2.

IMPORTANCE

[About a page explaining the importance of your major research question in relation
to relevant policy and/o
r scholarship.]

3.

PROBLEMS AND HYPOTHESES

[A page or two identifying the most important problems or issues that are raised by
your major research question, and stating whatever hypotheses or preliminary
conclusions you expect to assess in the thesis research
.]

4.

LITERATURE REVIEW

[The literature review is an analytic survey of the most important academic and/or
policy literature that bears on your major research question. It is not a bibliography
(on which see below), but a critical discussion of works you have

already consulted in
sufficient detail to have reached a preliminary judgment about their value. It is
normally five or six pages long.]

5.

METHODS AND SOURCES

[About a page describing the basic analytic approach you intend to take to your
subject

Case Study
, Comparative Study, Statistical Analysis, Historical Study, etc.
You should also use this section to identify any primary or other source materials,
apart from what you have described in the literature review, that you expect to use.]

6.

THESIS OVERVIEW

[Gen
erally a paragraph or two, and no more than a page or two, describing how your
thesis will be organized. The overview should indicate the order in which you will
address the main problems or questions posed by your major research question, and
the basic lo
gic of your scheme for addressing them. There is usually more than one
way to organize a thesis, and you should explain why you have chosen yours. A
more detailed outline is optional, and is described below.]


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2010

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[Please retain page break at the end of the l
ast page of this section of the Thesis Proposal]


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2010

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O
UTLINE


[An outline is
optional
. If included, it should not exceed two pages in length, and should
be presented in the format below.]


I. INTRODUCTION


A. First Section



1. First sub
-
section, etc.


B. Sec
ond Section, etc.

II. TITLE OF CHAPTER 2


A. First Section



1. First sub
-
section




a. sub
-
sub section





i. further sub
-
sections

ii. pieces of evidence

iii. components of analysis and/or argument





iv. etc.






a. etc.







1. etc.


B. Second Secti
on

III. OTHER CHAPTERS AS NEEDED, organized as above.

















[Please retain page break at the end of the last page of this section of the Thesis Proposal]


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2010

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P
RELIMINARY
B
IBLIOGRAPHY


[The bibliography should be between one and three pages, formatte
d according to the
same rules that will be used in the final thesis.]