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These pages contain program-specific templates used in the doctoral capstone process and also include instructions for using the templates, MS Word resources, 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 individual program pages of the Office of Student Research Administration webpage.

Select your program in the sidebar menu to the left or in the drop down menu under Programs above. On those pages, you will find templates, form and style checklists, and template demonstration videos. You can also scroll down on this page to find just the templates for all programs.

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 and Carey Little Brown, as well as capstone support editor, 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
  • 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
  • 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.