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Walden University is an accredited online institution that has provided an engaging educational experience for working professionals for nearly 40 years. Our rigorous doctoral programs, along with our mission, have attracted a community of extraordinary students and faculty, all sharing a common desire to make a positive social impact—to make a difference.

Jonathan A. Kaplan
(President, Walden University)

A Walden University doctoral student is someone who cares a great deal about their community … who’s engaged, truly engaged in what they’re doing professionally, and who is going to get their Ph.D. in order to apply that research back to their profession, back to their organization, and back to their community.

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Becoming a scholar-practitioner is central to the Walden doctoral experience.

Dr. Ann Beheler
(Ph.D. in Education graduate)

I guess probably the most important thing that I would like to tell you is that you can do it.

Dr. Dale Swoboda
(Faculty)

A scholar-practitioner is one who has a foot in the world of academe … while at the same time acknowledging and even trying to change the world for the better through their everyday work.

Jesus Borrego
(Ph.D. in management student)

The Walden philosophy is: You’re a scholar, but also practitioner. So what you learned in theory you apply it—so it’s not just you and your ivory tower. You roll your sleeves and you get to work. And that’s the part that I like. I’m a hands-on person. Theory is great, gives me new tools, but I have to use them.

Dr. Denise DeZolt
(Chief academic officer, senior vice president, Walden University)

When I think of the Walden student as a scholar, as a practitioner, and as a person larger and greater than this place and this program, I think of a person who has come to the table with a very rich work history, and a lifetime perhaps of contributions to a profession. Or a student who is slightly newer to a profession and wants to move on to make those kinds of contributions and wants to do it from a position of scholarship and an evidence base to inform practice. And not only to inform the practice of what they do on a day-to-day basis, but to inform the kinds of things that touch other people, touch other organizations, and perhaps touch on the global community.

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As a Walden doctoral student, you’ll work intensely with a global online network of fellow students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. The connections you make with other students, staff, and faculty online become personal at Walden academic residencies, required in every doctoral program. At these residencies you’ll come together with other doctoral students to network, gain necessary skills, and solve challenges in a cross-disciplinary environment.

Dr. Bob Levasseur
(Faculty)

Residencies are very important to students and faculty because the students, until they go to their first residency, only know Walden from a distance. They’re online, and they are taking classes, but they haven’t got a really good sense of what Walden is. And they come to a residency and they see so many of us, and we are real people, and we interact with them on important things to them and us—then Walden becomes real to them.

Long Doan
(Ph.D. in Public Health student)

It completes the circle, and, you know, allows you to feel like you’re at home. You’ve been working so hard, communicating and going back and forth with other students, and finally when you actually get to meet them it makes the experience that much more complete.

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At a Walden academic residency, you will meet with faculty for individual advising sessions; share experiences and insights with other students who have similar interests; improve your library skills, and learn to obtain the resources you need for your research; focus on achieving important milestones in your academic career; and broaden your world—while you discover your place in it.

Dr. Alice Eichholz
(Director of academic residencies)
One of the things that’s really valuable about having the residencies, and requiring all the students to attend the residencies, is we have students who come from many different walks of life and from many different parts of the world. And you see diversity in action in the residency when students are sharing their perspectives.

Student
It’s not about, wow, I wrote this awesome article; it’s about social change, which is touching lives and making a difference in the world

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The academic residency program has been an important requirement of the Walden educational experience since the university’s inception. The standard residency requirement for most Ph.D. programs is a total of 20 days.

Dr. Alice Eichholz
(Director of academic residencies)

Ph.D. students attend the residency for four different times, two for six-day residencies and two for four-day residencies. They can pick and choose any four-day or six-day residencies that they want—and they are located at a variety of places around the country and at a variety of different times during the year.

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Walden hosts academic residencies nearly every month, where up to 1,000 students gather at a university, conference center, or hotel in locations around the country.
International academic residencies are another Walden university hallmark—providing cultural, intellectual, and social experiences to help broaden your perspective.

Dr. Mark Gordon
(Faculty)

Walden is unique because it creates those relationships across cultures and across continents. I have those with my students, and students have those with each other, so it really, it enriches the entire community.

Trisha Schock
(Ph.D. in Education student)

An online university like Walden is a very independent process; however, I think that by requiring us to come to residencies and meet different people in person it formulates a lot of friendships. And the community itself is very welcoming.

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The Walden residency experience takes you through four structured milestones, providing academic guidance, networking opportunities, and support at key points in your academic career. Requirements vary for the doctor of education program and the Ph.D. in Psychology licensure specializations, which follow regional and state requirements. As with every milestone, you choose from among several seminars—all of which are designed for your stage in the program. At every residency you’ll also attend a variety of special sessions offered by faculty, and meet one-on-one with faculty, advisors, and writing support staff as needed.

Dr. Alice Eichholz
(Director of academic residencies)

One of the values of the residency program is the fact that it breaks the degree program down into smaller pieces, so that you’re not overwhelmed by feeling, “I have to do this entire thing, and I don’t really know what I am going to do”. So the milestone pieces make it possible for you to do it in chunks and to take that part of the process and focus on that during the first milestone and then move to the next milestone.

Abdeslam Arsalane
(Ph.D. in management student)

With the milestones, you know exactly where you are; you know where you have to go. It’s very exciting.