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Programs: PhD Dissertation

PhD Dissertation Resources

 


The following template is only for students who have consulted with their faculty committees and have approval to finish a study in APA 6 by December 31, 2020.

PhD Dissertation Template (APA 6)
This template is for students finishing doctoral capstone studies by December 31, 2020, and who have decided to continue with APA 6 as a style guide with faculty approval.


PhD Management Prospectus Templates

Beginning June 1, 2020, all prospectus starts should use the new PhD Prospectus Form found on the Doctoral Prospectus Form page.

PhD Management Dissertation Templates

 


The following templates are only for students who have consulted with their faculty committees and have approval to finish a study in APA 6 by December 31, 2020.


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.

 


Form and Style Review Checklist (APA 6)
This checklist is for students finishing doctoral capstone studies by December 31, 2020, and who have decided to continue with APA 6 as a style guide with faculty approval.

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.

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, Seventh Edition style should be used for both the Premise and the Prospectus, as well as for the proposal and final study.


The Dissertation Guidebook, available at the Center for Research Quality's website, 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 questions about writing the proposal, dissertation, thesis, or doctoral study, contact editor@waldenu.edu.

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