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Programs: PhD Dissertation

About the PhD Dissertation

Students start the dissertation by documenting their initial investigation into a research topic, which is used to make decisions about the capstone and is provided to prospective faculty members of the supervisory committee. In all PhD programs, this document is called the Premise, which is followed by a Prospectus. The Prospectus is a second document used to confirm the topic for the proposal and the structure of the dissertation committee.

Guides for completing these documents can be found on the Center for Research Quality website. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition style should be used for both the Premise and the Prospectus, as well as for the proposal and final study.


The Dissertation Guidebook is a complete resource for information on form and style, steps in the dissertation process, and procedures.  We also offer a series of capstone webinars on a variety of capstone-related topics.

For proposal, dissertation, thesis, or doctoral study questions, contact editor@waldenu.edu.

Confused about assumptions, limitations, and delimitations?  See Jen's blog post.