Students must successfully complete a Doctoral Capstone Project. The project is a research project that culminates in a poster presentation and capstone paper. Details include:

  • Students are assigned a Capstone Project adviser and at least one other faculty mentor. One of the faculty members must come from the on-campus Ph.D. faculty.
  • Students create a tentative Capstone Project title no later than the end of the Year 1 Spring semester in consultation with the project adviser.
  • Students enroll for SLPA 942 in the spring of Year 1. This course will focus on preparing students for the Capstone experience.

Students will enroll in SLPA 998, Doctoral Capstone, for a total of 9 credit hours. See curriculum map for suggested semesters to enroll in SLPA 998. Registration for SLPA 998 is for variable credit of 1-3 hours. Semester grades are mandatory (no incompletes) and are based upon satisfactory progress during the semester as judged by the adviser.

Students must present their research, as a poster, at the UNL Graduate Studies Research Fair, typically during April of Year 3. Students are also encouraged to present at a professional meeting and to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.

A final capstone paper is due in the Year 3 Spring semester. The paper will be formatted in APA format and submitted electronically, as a PDF or Word document, to the Au.D. Program Coordinator by 5:00 p.m. April 30.

The Capstone Project Title must be approved by the student's adviser and will be published in the Hooding Ceremony brochure. As it is the Capstone Project that qualifies students for the hooding ceremony, please note that only members of the Capstone Committee can hood an Au.D. student. Appendix 2 includes a sample title page. This form will be signed by the student's adviser and the Au.D. Coordinator as documentation that the student successfully completed his or her Capstone Project. The Capstone Approval Form will be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Most Current Rubric and Expected Timeline

Grades will be determined by your mentor – with input from committee members.

Rubric changes by semester with greater progress expected each semester. To pass each semester, students must meet a minimum of emergent in each category.

Students must take 1 credit hour, minimum, for their final academic semester at the University (typically Spring Year 3).

The current rubric and expected timeline can be found in Appendix 3.