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Programs: DSW Capstone Project

DSW Capstone Project Resources


To prepare for the form and style review, use the following checklist, which is the same checklist we use when we review capstone manuscripts and the checklist we return to the student and committee along with their completed review.

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.

About the DSW Capstone Project

A DSW capstone project is a formal manuscript written to address a problem in social work practice. Walden DSW projects consist of four sections.

You can access the Center for Research Quality website for information on the process, checklists, and rubrics for the capstone project, and you can also access samples of published dissertations through the Walden Library. If you have writing or APA questions for the proposal or final capstone project, contact editor@waldenu.edu.