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Cumberlands Dissertation Process

With the Graduate School, students enrolled in all Doctoral programs at Cumberlands will be guided through the research and writing process for their dissertations. The doctoral dissertation is designed to evaluate the candidate’s capabilities as a scholar and is the final academic requirement of all doctoral programs. 

The Graduate School Dissertation Handbook serves as a resource for students on the dissertation procedures, requirements, and expectations for activities completed through the 

Dissertation Handbook

Below you can explore the process and resources that guide students through your writing for the dissertation process. Please note that some academic programs may have additional parameters or requirements; those are outlined either in the Graduate Catalog or by the academic department to students during their enrollment. 


Dissertation Course Progression Example


All courses are prerequisite for the next course.


Student Tasks for Progression

DSRT734 - Inferential Statistics in Decision Making Application of statistical methods to research design, as well as the investigation of real-world applications of these methods 

DSRT736 – Dissertation Seminar

Topic Approval

Chapter Two Draft
*Prerequisite: Inferential Statistics in Decision Making

DSRT839 – Advanced Research Methods

Comprehensive Exam


Chapter 1 & 3 Drafted

DSRT837 - Professional Writing and Decision Making Introduction to writing and organizational skills needed for dissertation 

DSRT930 – Dissertation


Dissertation Committee Approval

Chapter 4 Drafted

DSRT931 – Dissertation

Chapter 5 Drafted

Disseration Review by Academic Department

Disseration Defense


*Required if student research required longer research timeline


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