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If you’ve been researching doctoral degrees, you may notice that virtually all PhD programs require a dissertation, while some professional doctorates require a doctoral capstone, much like Capella University’s Doctoral Capstone Experience.
So, what’s the difference between the two?
Dissertation and Doctoral Capstone—Commonalities
All doctoral programs prepare students to apply research skills in the workplace and community.
Completing either a dissertation or a doctoral capstone requires intense preparation and a strong foundation in research, writing, and critical thinking. Both culminate in a final document or project that demonstrates academic rigor and readiness to lead in your chosen profession.
Learn more about the differences between a PhD and a professional doctorate.
Dissertation and Doctoral Capstone—Differences
The Capella dissertation is the traditional five-chapter written document.
The doctoral capstone is presented in two parts:
Additionally, the focus for each is different.
Capella University offers PhD and professional doctorate degree programs ranging from business to education and health to technology. Learn more about Capella’s online doctoral programs.