Answered By: Kristina Harris
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2019     Views: 2

From time to time, a university must look at its traditions and historic practices to see if they align with the world around it. Toward that end, the academic community recently reviewed the requirement for a curriculum vitae (CV) as part of the doctoral capstone document. Given the fact that better ways to keep that type of information current and public are available, coupled with the challenge of protecting the anonymity of participants in some research projects, this requirement was seen as no longer tenable or necessary for our graduates.  


Therefore, effective March 1, 2015, a CV will no longer be a requirement for a doctoral capstone at Walden University. Doctoral candidates who complete a capstone document prior to March 1, 2015 may opt to keep the CV in the final document. After that point, if a capstone study reaches the Form and Style Review stage with a CV, the form and style editors will delete it and comment that they have done so. The Writing Center and the Office of Student Research Administration are both updating their documents and templates, accordingly. 


Please note that, although a CV will not be required for your capstone, you may still wish to develop one. A CV is still the top application format required for academic positions in teaching and research. Additionally, you may also want to develop a LinkedIn profile, which both academic and non-academic employers commonly use as a screening tool.  The Career Services Center offers many resources to support students in developing their CV’s, LinkedIn profiles, and electronic portfolios to house career and academic artifacts.


Questions related to formatting your final capstone document can be referred to the Academic Skills Center tutoring staff

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