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These pages contain program-specific templates used in the doctoral capstone process, instructional materials for using the templates, the Form and Style Checklist, and links to other resources for doctoral capstone writing. The templates posted on these pages are the most recent versions approved by each program. All content support materials for the doctoral capstones are maintained on the Doctoral Capstone and Project Resources page of the Center for Research Quality website.

Select your program in the sidebar menu to the left, in the drop down menu under Programs in the main menu, or in the list of programs on this page. On those pages, you will find templates, form and style checklists, and template demonstration instructional materials.

Capstone Document Templates

Visit the following pages for program-specific templates and more information about the capstone writing process.

APA 7 Doctoral Capstone Templates Now Available

APA 7 templates are now available for all doctoral capstones. If you have already been writing in an APA 6 template, please see the Grace Period update on the APA 7 Transition page to learn whether you have the option to continue using APA 6 format as you complete your capstone document.

If you would like to update an existing capstone document created with the APA 6 template to meet APA 7 rules, use the cheat sheet below to learn how to adapt the APA 6 template to APA 7. Alternatively, you can cut and paste your text into the new APA 7 template.

Using the Doctoral Capstone Template

Walden editors are currently revising and updating the template instructional video.

Please review the 2019 Capstone Writing Clinic presentation, Using the Capstone Template.

In this video, form and style editors Dr. Joe Gredler, Carey Little Brown, and, Sam Herrington demonstrate and discuss how to use the Walden capstone templates.

The opening and introduction in this recording, about the first 20 minutes, covers

  • introduction to the template document and editing resources,
  • capstone formatting expectations and resources, and
  • where to locate and download the templates.

The second portion of this recording, from about 20 minutes in (until the end), includes a visual demonstration of using the actual template in MS Word, including

  • contents of the template,
  • formatting embedded in the document and how to use it,
    • Including page breaks, section breaks, and the pilcrow,
  • tagging headings and updating the Table of Contents,
  • reference list formatting,
  • editor responses to student questions, and
  • general discussions of best practices for using the template and ensuring Walden and ProQuest formatting requirements are met.

In addition, Walden editors suggest students review the SMRTguides on document formatting and Correcting Common Errors in the Capstone Template Table of Contents.