Occasionally when discussing these final projects dissertation and thesis may be used interchangeably. However because they are written for different reasons, they have a few characteristics that set them apart. Don’t become overly concerned whether or not your writing a dissertation transcript or a thesis paper because it will typically depend on your graduating goal which type of report you will be writing. The most important thing to keep in mind is that both these papers are extremely important to your academic career, and you will need to be prepared to invest the time into them if you are aspiring to become an expert in your field.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means:
Because your abstract will be published in Masters Abstracts International or in Dissertation Abstracts International , please write and proofread it carefully. When possible, avoid including symbols or foreign words in your abstract, as they cannot be indexed or searched. Avoid mathematical formulas, diagrams, and other illustrative materials in the abstract. Offer a brief description of your thesis or dissertation and a concise summary of its conclusions. Be sure to describe the subject and focus of your work with clear details and avoid including lengthy explanations or opinions.