Residencies support learning at key points during your doctoral program. Walden offers face-to-face sessions as well as virtual residencies for eligible students.* These experiences are designed to enhance both your development as a scholar-practitioner and your ability to effect positive social change.

For your convenience, face-to-face residencies are scheduled at several times throughout the year and are held in a variety of locations in the United States and in other parts of the world. See the locations and dates of residencies that are available to current students. Residencies vary in length depending on your program, so please consult an enrollment advisor for more information.

Residency Benefits

Residencies offer you an opportunity to:

  • Participate in sessions with small groups of other students who share your academic and research interests.
  • Enhance your research, information literacy, critical thinking, and scholarly writing skills.
  • Network and socialize with peers, in-person and/or online, to strengthen your scholarly and professional community.
  • Meet one-on-one with faculty members, academic advisors, and student support staff members.

Residency Timing and Content

Residencies align with your courses and are timed to allow you to apply what you have learned and practice your skills. They contribute to your academic and professional success by focusing on research and scholarship.

Residency 1: Socialization

  • Timing: As soon as you enroll in your program
  • Goals: Socialization into Walden, community building, and introductory skills
  • Components: Orientation, colloquia on professional identity, team building, and scholarly writing

Residency 2: Research Methods (available as a virtual residency or face-to-face)

  • Timing: Within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration in or completion of your first research course
  • Goals: Introduction to research skills, self-assessment, and skills development
  • Components: Dissertation and research skills, professional development activities

Residency 3: Prospectus and Proposal

  • Timing: By the end of third year
  • Goals: Prospectus completion and proposal development
  • Components: Prospectus writing and dissertation processes

Residency 4: Scholar-Practitioner (available as a virtual residency or face-to-face)

  • Timing: During your third year and beyond
  • Goals: Presentation of research and dissertation publishing
  • Components: Advanced dissertation skills

Residency Learning Outcomes

  1. Use critical thinking skills expected of doctoral students
  2. Engage faculty and peers in discourse that contributes to the collective advancement of scholarship in their discipline
  3. Use university support services to contribute to the successful completion of the dissertation and doctoral degree
  4. Analyze research ideas through engagement with faculty members and student colleagues to formulate appropriate research questions to be pursued in the doctoral dissertation
  5. Conceptualize, design, and execute dissertation research studies that reflect doctoral level thinking and have the potential to contribute to positive social change
  6. Conduct peer review to receive and provide critical feedback to shape the dissertation proposal and results that follow from the data analysis
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis approaches to support what is learned in research courses and what is required for the dissertation
  8. Articulate and demonstrate competency in professional practice skills required by student’s discipline
  9. Write a plan for research dissemination (e.g., peer reviewed journal article, conference presentation, book, workplace settings, or other venues)
  10. Identify strategies for continued professional development as scholar-practitioners

For more information about residencies and their role in your academic experience, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Eligible Ph.D. students must be participating in a four-part residency model. Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program are not eligible to attend virtual residencies.


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