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 Doctoral Capstone Form and Style

Welcome to Walden University's Doctoral Capstone Form and Style page.

This website houses resources for students throughout the development of the doctoral capstone (dissertation/doctoral study/project study). Form and style editors in the Office of Academic Editing focus on the form and style review as well as preparing students for doctoral capstone writing.

The doctoral capstone project is a vehicle for students to conduct significant and rigorous research that will add meaningful content to existing knowledge and foster growth in the field. These pages contain links to useful information that will help students writing the doctoral capstone study, as well as prepare the final document for final approval stages (Form and Style, Final Committee Overall Quality, CAO Review).

In addition to the resources on the program-specific pages, there are also webinars available through the website on preparing for the form and style review, using the doctoral capstone template, and writing each of the main areas in doctoral capstone studies: the introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and conclusion. Check out the archive to view recordings of past sessions.

If you have writing or APA questions about the proposal or final doctoral study, contact

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 Upcoming Doctoral Capstone Webinars

Webinars listed below in Central Standard time zone.

Form and Style Clinic

September 23, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CDT

Join the editors from the Office of Research and Doctoral Services for a Form & Style Clinic on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Through five separate sessions, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CDT, Walden University Form and Style Editors will guide attendees through the steps involved in the capstone document phase of their degree. Sessions will include various topics form how the capstone is different from previous coursework, a demonstration of working with the university’s document templates, and guidance on the literature review process. A more detailed schedule of sessions and registration information is available below.


9:00-9:45 a.m. CDT

Transitioning from Coursework to the Capstone

Presenter: Tobias Ball

Moderator: Denise Long

Writing a doctoral capstone document can be quite different from the shorter writing and research assignments in courses. The capstone is a book-length document of original scholarly contribution, and this session addresses the ways writing the doctoral capstone differs from writing for graduate courses. The presenter will outline some helpful strategies for how to approach the writing process as students move into the capstone phase.

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10:00-10:45 a.m. CDT

After the Approved Prospectus: Next Steps for Your Document

Presenter: Carey Little Brown

Moderator: Denise Long

After a capstone student has an approved prospectus, they begin to develop their official proposal documents. In this instructional session, the presenter will walk students through the steps of downloading and using the capstone template, which is the document students use from the proposal to the final study. Students will also be introduced to the various parts of the template along with available resources including the Form & Style Editors’ Proposal Kit.

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11:00-11:45 a.m. CDT

Working With the Template: Tips, Common Questions, and Resources

Presenter: Carey Little Brown

Moderator: Denise Long

The Walden University document templates provide capstone students with a way to ensure formatting of their final study is consistent with the requirements of the university, APA Style, and ProQuest. In this session, presenters will review best practices for using the MS Word template, tips and suggestions for addressing issues that might arise with the template, and available resources.

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12:00-12:45 p.m. CDT

Researching, Planning, and Writing the Literature Review

Presenter: Jenny Martel

Moderator: Denise Long

All capstone documents include a literature review, which is where students establish their authority on a topic and demonstrate the need for additional research. Students will hear from a presenter with ideas for accessing the literature, tips for how to organize the literature, and strategies for crafting and writing the literature review.

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1:00-1:15 p.m. CDT

Closing Remarks and a Review of Resources for Capstone Students

Presenter: Dan Fleischhacker

Moderator: Denise Long

This brief closing session includes a review of writing resources available to capstone students a, resources for methodology and alignment, and a list of links to various university sources useful during this phase of degree completion.

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