2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    May 28, 2022  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DDBA 9001P - Doctoral Portfolio Capstone Completion

(continuous enrollment in 3 sem. cr. per term for a minimum of five terms until completion, with two 8-week terms taken per semester)
In the final doctoral portfolio capstone, independent scholars demonstrate their ability to examine, critique, and synthesize knowledge, theory, and experience. Through the capstone, they provide evidence of new ideas tested; best practices identified, established, and verified; and theoretical, practice, or policy constructs evaluated and advanced. In all cases, independent scholars engage in rigorous inquiry that results in new knowledge, insight, or practice, demonstrating efficacy in the world of business and management. Through this course, independent scholars gain assistance in working through the process of the doctoral portfolio capstone. They design personal best practices for completing their portfolio capstone within a designated context. They also select their committee members, with whom they establish and maintain strong working relationships and on whom they rely to mentor and approve their proposal and final study. Ultimately, independent scholars completing the portfolio make a fresh contribution to the field of practice in the professional business environment.

Students take this course for a minimum of five terms (two 8-week terms per semester) and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred.

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