This user-friendly guide uses dissertation proposal examples to help students by accessibly explaining how to write a dissertation proposal by breaking it down into manageable steps. The author demonstrates how to write each chapter of the dissertation proposal, including the problem and purpose statements, research questions and hypotheses, a literature review, and detailed plans for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original dissertation proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, business and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary dissertation proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs.