PhD Residencies

Face-to-face residencies in convenient locations throughout the year provide an important opportunity to:

  • Meet with faculty members.
  • Enhance your writing, research, and critical-thinking skills.
  • Share experiences and insights with students with similar interests.
  • Work directly with student support staff.

Focus: Residencies prepare you to design and implement your dissertation research by introducing you to skills for success in the doctoral program.

Requirement: You must fulfill four residency requirements at the recommended times throughout your program.

Format: Face-to-face residencies, virtual residencies, and Walden-approved professional conferences are all provided options that meet the residency requirement. In each residency, you experience a series of large-group colloquia and critical-skills seminars. PhD residencies are experiences that provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other Walden students, staff, and faculty members. Face-to-face residencies are held throughout the year in various U.S. and international locations. Residencies 2 and 4 provide an option for virtual or face-to-face experiences for PhD students.

Students are eligible for the PhD virtual residency option if they have completed Residency 1 and/or Residency 3 and are ready to complete Residency 2 or Residency 4. Residency 1 and Residency 3 must be face-to-face residencies.

See the locations and dates of residencies that are available to current students.

PhD residencies follow a sequence designed specifically to match students’ academic progress, as outlined below.

Residency Completion Guideline Goals Components
1. Orientation, Socialization Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course Socialization into Walden, community building, and introductory skills Orientation, colloquia on professional identity, team building, and scholarly writing
2.Research Methods Completion of RSCH 8100/8110 Introduction to research skills, self-assessment, and skill development Dissertation and research skills, professional development activities
3. Prospectus and Proposal Completion of all three foundational research courses (RSCH 8100/8110, RSCH 8200/8210, RSCH 8300/8310) Prospectus completion and proposal development Prospectus writing and dissertation processes
4. Scholar-Practitioner An approved committee and prospectus—preferably once Chapter 2 of the proposal is well under way. Presentation and publication of your planned research. Advanced dissertation skills

Residency Learning Outcomes

Residency Learning Outcomes

At the end of these four required residencies, students will be able to:

  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.

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