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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas

The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.

Step 2: Research Your Topic

Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.

Step 3: Formulate Your Argument

Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.

Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement

Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.

Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement

The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.

Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.


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Selection and Appointment of Committees

Chairs and second members.

Ph.D. Committees: Chairs and committee members in Ph.D. programs will be selected by students with assistance from their program and the Center for Research Support’s (CRS) Office of Student Research Support (OSRS).

After identifying a chair and a second member willing and able to serve in those roles, Ph.D. students must have their committees approved. This requires the student to complete the Request for the Appointment of the Dissertation Supervisory Committee form. Visit the Office of Student Research Support web page and select Committee Nomination form and  submit it to the Office of Student Research Support (OSRS) ( [email protected] ).

The university processes all Request for Appointment of the Dissertation Supervisory Committee forms within one week of receipt. The program chair of the school makes the final determination on committee appointments. His/her approval will be processed in 10 business days or less. Students may not submit proposal drafts to nominated committee members until the committee has been officially approved. The OSRS will notify students when their committee is approved.

Ed.D. and DBA Committees: Students in the Ed.D. and DBA programs will have chairs and committee members appointed for them. Program coordinators will assign each student a committee, and alert the graduate student services coordinator of the committee’s approval once students have reached specific milestones in their progress within the program. The graduate student services coordinator will then e-mail the student and all committee members of the approval status, and include information regarding the next steps of the doctoral study process. The effective date of students’ committee will be communicated in this e-mail.

For information on changing one’s chair or second member after a committee is approved, students should consult the relevant Dissertation Guidebook or the Doctoral Study Guidebook for theprogram.

URR Reviewer

University Research Review reviewers will be assigned upon completion of the master’s thesis in the following manner:

  • The URR reviewer assignment process will be conducted by the Office of Student Research Support. Send correspondence to [email protected] .
  • A URR database of reviewers’ content and methodology expertise will be maintained by the OSRS to help facilitate the matching process.
  • The student (with a copy sent to the committee chair) will submit the prospectus or a URR Request form to the OSRS to forward to the appropriate program for URR assignment. Students should send correspondence to the address listed in the URR Request form for their specific degree.
  • The focus of the match will primarily be based upon research design/methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods), rather than subject matter, because the focus of the input provided by this committee member will be on issues such as methodology, data analysis, use of primary sources, organization, and so on, that transcend topic areas. Subject-matter feedback will be provided by the content expert of the committee.
  • All URR reviewers must meet approved requirements for serving in this capacity and must complete the university’s URR Orientation Module.
  • Should the focus of a student’s project change to a methodology with which the assigned URR reviewer is not familiar, a new URR reviewer can be assigned to the committee at the request of the student, the chair, or the URR reviewer.

Doctoral Capstone Completion Process

All students enrolled in a Walden University doctoral program will proceed through the following steps as they complete their capstone: 

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Title page According to APA style guidelines, the title page is always numbered as page 1. The running head must not exceed 50 characters and must be aligned on the left margin on the same line as the page number. All letters from the title must be capitalized.

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Appendices Material for appendices may include a sample questionnaire and a computer program. Unpublished data collection tools must be included in appendices.

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Walden University is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). More than 50 years ago, Walden University was founded to support adult learners in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and communities. Students from across the U.S. and more than 115 countries are pursuing a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree online at Walden. The university offers more than 100 online degree and certificate programs. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, hlcommission.org. For more information, please visit WaldenU.edu and WaldenFacts.com.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences seeks part-time faculty to serve as methodologists on dissertation committees for our Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. Contributing faculty are primarily responsible for student research mentoring within the school's doctoral degree programs. Specifically, they are required to serve on and/or chair dissertation committees and might also manage dissertation quality through service as a university research reviewer. These faculty members will report to the Associate Dean or designee.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Serve as methodologist on doctoral committees in either the position of chair or second member.
  • Manage dissertation quality through service as a university research reviewer (if additionally selected to serve as URR).
  • Complete required faculty trainings

Roles and Responsibilities for Methodologist and URR Committee Membership The Role of Methodology Expert

  • Proposed research design including appropriateness for addressing the problem statement and research questions or for testing stated hypotheses
  • Selection of specific methodology
  • Selection of a sample of appropriate characteristics and size
  • Program/professional norms
  • Generally accepted ethical and moral principles regarding human subjects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Presentation of the data and the conclusions drawn from the analyses

The Role of URR Members The specific role of this committee member will be to collaborate with student, chair, and second member immediately prior to defense of proposal and prior to the final oral defense, and to perform a final review of the completed study to provide a consistent and reliable mechanism for quality management of student research including the following:

  • Insuring the maintenance of a high level of integrity in the research students’ produce
  • Facilitating a level of consistency in the application of university research standards
  • The defined scope includes feedback related to theoretical, methodological, analytical, and organization content. URR members use the capstone rubric as their means for providing feedback on submissions.
  • The defined scope does not include minor form and style and ethical issues; however, URR members are instructed to alert students to such issues when they come across them. On occasion they may make mandatory referrals to the Writing Center or the Institutional Review Board for advice, on such issues.
  • Determining if the proposal or research study is ready for advancement to the next milestone in the process. URR member approval, expressed through scores and comments entered in the appropriate capstone rubric, will be a prerequisite for conducting oral defenses of the proposal and completed capstone, as well as for submitting the abstract to the CAO for final approval.
  • Doctoral degree in the field of Education, Health Education Promotion, or related field from an accredited university
  • Strong research methodology background in quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods.
  • A significant record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of Education, Health Education Promotion, or related field, including peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
  • Experience serving on doctoral dissertation committees is required.
  • Three to five years of independent research project mentoring is preferred.
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment; supervising student research preferred at the graduate level; commitment to the promotion of research that contributes to Walden's mission of contributing to positive social change; commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team, and human relation skills.
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.

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