You should be passionate about the dissertation topic that you select as you will spend a lot of time researching, writing, and carrying out the study. Therefore, you may be interested in a wide array of areas that you would like to know the answer to. When I review my Clients’ documents for editing and/or coaching/mentoring, one of the areas that I focus on is checking to see if their dissertation focus makes sense and is feasible. Before editing and refining my Clients’ document, I ensure that they are heading in the right direction. It does not make sense to have your dissertation edited if you are not going in the right direction as you would just waste your money. So if the focus and the methodology need to be refined, then I discuss this with the Client as this has to be corrected in order for the Client to receive approval.

Hence, you have to be cautious that you do not make your dissertation focus too broad. You have to remember that your goal is to finish in a timely manner and graduate. So you should select a specific focus area for your dissertation and this is where you will hear a lot of professors talk about narrowing down your focus. Therefore, your problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions (and hypotheses, if applicable) need to be specific and consistent. If you are interested in doing further research after you have graduated, then you can focus on the other areas that you are interested in at that time. Review the Finding Dissertation Examples, Articles, & Books page, under the Dissertation Writing main page, which will help you to narrow down your dissertation focus.

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  • The importance of an optimistic outlook and completing your dissertation
  • Importance of a good support network
  • Backing up your data
  • All But Dissertation (ABD) status
  • Publishing your dissertation as an article
  • Career path after graduation
  • Paying off student loans after graduation