Office of Graduate Studies & Research in Education Requirements
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research in Education requires a written proposal (5 – 7
pages for MC students, excluding references, double spaced with headings as noted below) in
APA format. For steps in the approval process students and supervisors should refer to the
Guidelines for Completing the Project
Purposes of a Proposal
The project proposal:
• allows the writer to clarify what it is he/she wants to do, why and how he/she
wants to do it,
• presents what she/he wants to do in the manner and timeframe proposed, and
• once approved, provides a written contract between the student and the project
Components of a Project Proposal
The title of the project is very significant. It will go on the spine of the published document
when it is bound and becomes accessible in the University of Lethbridge Library. The title is one
of the ways that people using the University of Lethbridge electronic search engine will locate
the project in the holdings. The title must be clear, appropriate for the topic and less than 45
characters, including spaces and punctuation.
2. Introduction (WHAT is this about?)
The Introduction to the project provides a general introduction to the phenomena or issue of
interest, and is usually contained in 2 pages. The issue or problem under investigation is
described, and background and/or context for understanding the nature of the issue is provided.
In writing this section, students should provide answers to two main questions:
• What is the project all about?
• Why is the project important or worthwhile?
The Introduction will also typically conclude with a brief description of the structure of the
remainder of the document.