A dissertation proposal cover page is the window of the paper. If you are writing your paper, then obviously you are going to put most emphasis on the thesis statement, the body part and the conclusion. But the cover page should be created such as- once the reviewer views it, he/she feels the urge to go to the next page.
Though there is a basic format for a cover page, but it may vary from university to university. Before you embark upon your journey of submitting the final proposal, know if there is any standard format for cover page in your university or more specifically in your department.
When it comes to creating a cover page, most of the students think that a cover page is simply putting down the name of the student, the department, address, guide’s name and so on. But there is more to it. A cover page should bear the credibility of your paper. It should give out how it has been validated by the dissertation committee.
There are many universities that don’t have any standard format for a cover page. In that case, even your guide can inform you to do your own research and bring out the correct form. If you are confused, then you can always consult the library. There, you are bound to find scholarly journals and books about formatting of papers. You can get your ideas from there. If your library has the copies of papers submitted by senior students, you can borrow few of them for guidance.
Apart from mentioning your name, address, contact information, department and date of submission, you must also put down the research design you have opted, if you are aiming to create an excellent cover page. Whether the research design of your paper is experimental, quasi-experimental, historical, and philosophical or any other- you must put it down on the cover page. But this method is only applicable if your university allows it.
Whether you create it by yourself or download it from the departmental website, the filling up of your cover page should be done carefully. The best method would be to take out multiple print outs of the cover page and first do some dummy practicing on them, before doing it actually.