is no standard format for the dissertation. Most dissertations are organized into
four or five chapters; however, there are many variations on these models. The
dissertation proposal generally consists of the first three chapters (in a five-chapter
format) or the first two chapters (in a four-chapter format).
are generic outlines for a five-chapter quantitative and
qualitative dissertation. In each case the four-chapter
model incorporates the literature review into the first chapter.