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Capstone Committee Process

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Committee Formation Process: PhD Students

PhD students request the formation of their dissertation committee as part of an assignment during a course in their program.

Using information that students share about their dissertation interests, program leaders match them with an appropriate committee chair and second committee member. Students may request a specific faculty member to serve on their committee. Those requests are reviewed by program leaders to ensure the faculty member’s availability and appropriate expertise.

Students will be notified about who is on their committee prior to the term in which they start their dissertation courses. At that time, students are encouraged to introduce themselves to their committee members. However, committee members will not review research drafts prior to the beginning of the dissertation courses.


PhD Courses with Committee Formation Assignment



PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

COUN-8896 Internship B

PhD in Counseling Psychology

Students request a new committee after completion of all coursework prior to the term they intend to start dissertation. Students generally start dissertation alongside field and hence, most if not all students should have already requested a committee. However, there may be students on LOA or some that although in field have not requested the committee yet and hence, you would receive a request in during any of the following field courses:  PSYC 8281/8282/8283/8284/8285

PhD in Developmental Psychology

DPSY-8702 Dissertation Literature Review Lab

PhD in Forensic Psychology

FPSY-8700 Dissertation Literature Review Lab

PhD in Industrial / Organizational Psychology

IPSY-8702 Dissertation Literature Review Lab

PhD in Psychology

PSYC-8702 Dissertation Literature Review Lab

PhD in Clinical Psychology

PSYR8117 Writing a Quality Prospectus (BAYR course)

PhD in Human and Social Services

HUMN-8550 Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Social Work

SOCW-8550 Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Criminal Justice

CRJS-8115 Writing a Quality Prospectus

PhD in Public Policy and Administration

PPPA-8115 Writing a Quality Prospectus

PhD in Health Education and Promotion

HLTH-8551E Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Health Services

HLTH-8551 Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Public Health

PUBH-8551 Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Nursing

NURS-8551 Preparing for Dissertation

PhD in Management

MGMT-8100 Dissertation Mentoring

PhD in Education

EDPD-8004/8114 Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research

Committee Formation Process: Professional Doctorate Students

Students in professional doctorate programs at Walden should refer to their program leadership or Student Success Advisors regarding the committee formation process.

Professional doctorate programs include:

  • DBA
  • DIT
  • DHA
  • DNP
  • DPA
  • DrPH
  • DSW
  • EdD
  • PsyD

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