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APA Style: APA 7 Transition

Transitioning From APA Sixth Edition to Seventh Edition

  • When: APA 7 will be the new standard for writing assignments starting with summer terms:
    • May 4 (for semester-based programs)
    • June 1 (for quarter-based programs)
  • Learning opportunities: Webinars will be offered to support your understanding of the new guidelines in
    • April (for faculty)
    • May (for students)
  • Preview: For a sneak peek at the differences between APA 6 and APA 7, see our comparison table.
  • Acquiring the new manual:
    • Students will be able to purchase the new manual via the Course Materials link for their summer term courses on the Student Portal.
    • Faculty should have received an email about complimentary ebook and desk copy access for Walden faculty. Contact us at for more information.
  • Questions: Contact us at

The updates on this page appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent announcements at the top of the page.

Preview of APA's Seventh Edition: Comparison Tables

Here at the Writing Center, we are busy preparing revisions to our APA resources, which will be released when the university adopts APA's seventh edition this summer. In the meantime, see the following comparison tables for a preview of what will change when we move to APA's seventh edition.

These comparison tables offer highlights of some changes between APA 6 and APA 7. Note that these are not comprehensive tables of all changes between the two editions.

APA 6 & 7 Comparison Tables

Update from February 4, 2020.

University Timeline for Moving to APA 7

Starting in the summer terms (May 4 for semester-based programs and June 1 for quarter-based programs), Walden University will use the new, seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) as the accepted standard for citations, references, and writing style guidelines.

Students with an approved doctoral capstone proposal by these dates will have a grace period for completing their work in the sixth edition, with more details forthcoming. Between now and the summer terms, continue using APA's sixth edition, and expect to see announcements about resources and trainings for APA's seventh edition soon.

Update from January 21, 2020.

APA 7 Training

The Writing Center is spending a lot of time in early 2020 revising resources, preparing student and faculty training, and collaborating on classroom material revisions in anticipation of a switch from APA 6 to APA 7 later in the year. Once the university approves a timeline for this transition, we’ll communicate information about webinars, web-based resources, and other tools to help you prepare for a smooth transition to the new manual. Stay tuned here for information as it becomes available!

Update from January 10, 2020.

Purchasing the New Manual (Students)

We have had several questions from students about when they should plan to buy the 7th edition of the APA manual. We do not have a lot of details yet, but what we have heard from the Walden bookstore is that it will work much like other textbooks. You will likely acquire the seventh edition the same way you acquired the sixth edition, via the school’s bookstore. You will not need to do that until later next year, though, as the university has not yet set a date for moving to the seventh edition. We will keep you posted when we know more!

Update from December 16, 2019.

Acquiring APA 7 Desk Copies (Faculty)

Walden faculty: APA has confirmed that it will provide complimentary desk copies to any faculty member who makes a request through their website. Contact for further information.

Update from November 12, 2019.

Preview of New APA Guidelines and Timeline

Walden Writing Center staff members have all received copies of the seventh edition of the APA manual and are currently doing a close read to understand the changes that come with it. Throughout November, we’ll be assembling a document detailing these changes, which we’ll use to revise our own resources when needed and help the university establish a timeline for implementation. In the meantime, here’s a preview of a few rules that have been simplified in the new edition:

  • Book and book chapter reference entries will no longer require a publisher location.
  • Issue numbers will always be included in periodical references, regardless of the journal’s pagination.
  • The running head is no longer required for student writing.

As a reminder, the sixth edition of the APA manual is still the only style guide in use at Walden, and we are only in the preliminary stages of preparing for a switch to the seventh edition. More information will be coming as dates for the switch are determined; continue to send any questions to

Update from November 5, 2019.

APA 7 Release

The APA Manual is releasing its 7th edition in October 2019. The Writing Center is working with faculty, course developers, and other stakeholders to ensure our transition to the guidelines in this new manual is smooth and thorough. Stay tuned to this page to stay up to date about the changes, timelines, and resources that will accompany this new edition. For questions or suggestions, please e-mail

Update from October 2, 2019.