Tentative Title

  • You'll typically choose a tentative title for your thesis as a last step in the proposal process. It will often emerge from the direction your proposal research takes.           
  • In the proposal, the title is referred to as "tentative" because you have the flexibility to change it as you're writing your thesis.
  • The title should be explanatory but concise when standing by itself. Ideally, it should summarize the research problem and/or the goals of your thesis work with efficiency and style.                    
  • You should include specific key words that will make your thesis searchable by others when uploaded to the library.

Here are some examples of how a title can be improved:

1. Proposed Title

An Investigation of the Possibility of Improving the Tax Method of Many Massachusetts Cities and Towns for Raising Revenue to Cover Rising Expenses for Public School Education in Those Same Cities and Towns

Revised - simplified/streamlined

Improving Education Funding through Local Tax Revenues in Five Massachusetts Municipalities

2. Proposed Title

The Need for World Order

Revised - narrowed/focused

The Peace-Keeping Role of the United Nations in Lebanon since 1980