The dissertation is the unifying capstone of every doctoral student’s learning experience at Walden. You will have the opportunity to address a real-world problem, bring new information to light, and make an original contribution to your field.

Since students’ interest and courses of study vary, the nature of Walden dissertations also vary. The dissertation builds on your own interests and expertise, as opposed to that of faculty. As you work toward completing your dissertation, you will demonstrate your knowledge of research design and your ability to interpret research findings. Through the practical application of your unique research and insights, you can contribute to improving the caliber of professional practice.

The dissertation process comprises the following steps:

  1. Nominate a three-person supervisory committee.
  2. Prepare a dissertation proposal/presentation.
  3. Conduct a research study/data collection.
  4. Report the study results in a five-chapter dissertation.
    • Chapter 1—The research problem
    • Chapter 2—Literature review
    • Chapter 3—Research method(s)
    • Chapter 4—Findings
    • Chapter 5—Summary, conclusions, and implications
  5. Present an oral defense of the dissertation.

You will be supported throughout the dissertation process by a range of services and resources dedicated to your success, including the following:

  • Support for Fundamental Skills
  • Enrollment and Academic Advisors
  • Ph.D. residencies
  • The Center for Research Quality 

Learn more about the dissertation process at Walden. Request information or call 1-866-492-5336 in the United States or see a list of international phone numbers.

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