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Face-to-face residencies in convenient locations throughout the year provide an important opportunity to:
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.
|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
At the end of these four required residencies, students will be able to:
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