There is currently a discussion going on in another thread about dissertation length. Some proposing that perhaps length is a meaningful indicator of merit. Before I stared on my dissertation, I wanted to have as good a sense as I could about what type of work was accepted at half a dozen well known or well resected regionally accredited institutions. I researched UMI and purchased six dissertations of vaguely similar topics or at least similar methodologies. The dissertations came from: University of New Mexico Columbia Penn State University of Washington Mississippi State UCLA The dissertations ranged in length from 48 pages to 150 pages. All followed a 5-chapter format. Some were very limited lit reviews and others had proportionally longer lit reviews. The bottom line was that all of these respected regionally accredited universities had quite a few qualitative dissertations that were not limited in success by a minimum required page count. By the way, I would urge anyone nearing the dissertation stage of his or her doctoral program to purchase several completed dissertations in their field and of similar methodologies. It was a great help to have them as reference.