As part of your degree program in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership, you will complete a dissertation. Your work will be largely independent during this process, with the exception of SAA 930 and SAA 950. Throughout this process, you will work closely with a dissertation chair. General information about the dissertation process follows.

Preparation will include:

  1. First year courses that will set the stage for topic ideas.
  2. Regular meetings with your advisor.
  3. A dissertation planning course and a seminar course.
  4. An invitation to participate in a "Writer's Retreat."
  5. Specific courses
    1. SAA 830 Qualitative Research Methods
    2. SAA 835 Assessment & Program Evaluation
    3. SAA 845 Quantitative Research Methods
    4. SAA 930 Dissertation Planning
    5. SAA 950 Dissertation Seminar

Dissertation Committee Make-up:

  1. The chair will be an SAA ranked faculty member.
  2. In addition to the chair, the committee will include an additional 2-4 members.
    1. All must have terminal degrees.
    2. At least 1 must be housed outside the SAA Department.
    3. May include a combination of student affairs administrators and faculty.
    4. Must be granted UWL graduate faculty status.
  3. Other than the chair, the Committee members may be external to UWL and include administrators from other institutions including your home institution.

Dissertation time frame:

The process formally starts during the 2nd year. Students are expected to defend and submit their dissertation per the UWL deadline to graduate at the end of their 3rd year.

Note:  The information above is subject to change pending SAA Department approval.