50 Research Proposal Topics for Master's Dissertation: from Fairy Simple to Difficult

Updated: Nov 28, 2016

Here a few ideas for the graduate student in need of proposal topics for their Ph.D. dissertation or Masters Thesis; they are categorized by several of the most popular departments (English, Political Science, History, etc.) and by difficulty, the most simplistic topics most appropriate for a Masters Thesis.

English/ Literature

Fairly Simple:

  • The Lasting Influence of the Beat Generation: How Their Literature Speaks to Posterity
  • Decadence in American Literature
  • The Macabre of Edgar Allen Poe

Moderate:

  • How the English Language Has Evolved Over the Last 20 Years Due to Improvements in Technology
  • Sexuality in Contemporary English/American Literature
  • Masochism and Sadism in British Gothic Literature

Difficult:

  • The Long-Lasting Effects of Individualism in British Romantic Literature
  • Environmental Ethics in American and American Indian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present
  • The Pretentiousness of British Literature and its Exclusion of the American Reader


History

Fairly Simple:

  • How History Helps Humanity Avoid Making the Mistakes of Old
  • Women’s Right and Women’s Suffrage

Moderate:

  • Imperialism through Asian Eyes
  • The Geographical Limitations of the Roman Empire

Difficult:

  • The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Comparison of FDR and Winston Churchill During World War II 


Political Science

Fairly Simple:

  • Inner-Workings of the European Union

Moderate:

  • Changes in Diplomacy After World War II
  • The History of Diplomacy Since the Middle Ages

Difficult:

  • Malaysian Foreign Policy in the Post-Mahathir Era, (2003-Present)
  • The Haitian Crisis of 1991-1994: Constraints and Asymmetry in United States-Latin American Relations


Religion/Theology

Fairly Simple:

  • Christianity in the American South
  • Buddhism in the 21st Century

Moderate:

  • Spirituality of the Native American Indian
  • Interpreting the Bible in the 21st Century

Difficult:

  • The Diverging Views of Christianity in Europe 


Education

Fairly Simple:

  • Advantages and Disadvantages to Standardized Testing the United States
  • 21st Century Approaches to Education

Moderate:

  • Job-embedded Learning: How Teachers Learn from One Another During the Workday

Difficult:

  • A Review and Analysis of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972


Philosophy

Fairly Simple:

  • Applications and the Relevance of Existentialism in the 21st Century
  • Deficient Causation in Leibniz

Moderate:

  • Rational Hope in Kant's Moral Religion
  • Heidegger's Critique of the Cartesian Problem of Skepticism

Difficult:

  • The Prescriptivity of Conscious Belief
  • Aristotle on Modality and Determinism


Psychology

Fairly Simple:

  • The Effect of Positive Thinking on Life Success
  • Identifying Predictors of Aggression in Children

Moderate:

  • Anger, Aggression, and Irrational Beliefs in Adolescents
  • Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Victimization Among Adolescent Males

Difficult:

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Play Therapy vs. Client Centered Therapy
  • Utilizing a Psycho-Educational Intervention to Reduce the Effects of Exposure to Media Images on Body Image in Young Adolescent Girls 


Criminal Justice

Fairly Simple:

  • Adolescent Deviance Within Families and Neighborhoods
  • Procedural Justice During Police-Citizen Encounters

Moderate:

  • Meta-Analysis of Early Life Influences on Behavior in Criminals

Difficult:

  • The Effects of Individual Vulnerability and Lifestyle/Routine Activities on Fear of Crime and Perceptions of Risk in the School Setting
  • The Adoption of Crime Prevention Technologies in Public Schools 


Journalism

Fairly Simple:

  • A Look at How Objective Journalism and Free Speech Sustains Democracy – and How the Absence of Both Promotes Autocracy

Moderate:

  • Publicity Matters: How Promotional Journalism and Public-Relations Marketing Can Go Hand in Hand
  • New Journalism: How the Incorporation of Narrative and Fiction Techniques Brought Forth an Innovative Approach to Conveying the News and News-Worthy Topics

Difficult:

  • The Transition from Print Media to Online/Digital Media and the Role of Both Moving Forward

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