Doctoral Residency Programs
All doctoral students must attend a minimum of two residency programs designed to enhance student success, provide the opportunity to network, meet faculty, and acquire knowledge and skills that will assist them throughout their program. The residency programs are offered once per term at various locations throughout the United States. Students arrive on a Thursday evening and attend meetings all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning before departing Sunday afternoon.
Students typically attend their first residency within their first three terms (Residency I) and their second residency prior to beginning the dissertation process (Residency II). Both residencies are held together at the same time and place; however, students are divided into small groups specific to their program of study and their status in the program.
Residency I students must take W7000 (Advanced Academic Study and Writing) during the term they attend residency. Residency II students typically attend residency in the session prior to their last session. Students will attend a variety of workshops at the residencies covering topics on an orientation to doctoral studies, overview of the comprehensive exam process, exploring research topics, qualitative and quantitative research, research methodology and conducting a literature review, among other topics. Students typically have the opportunity to meet the Online Assistant Deans, program faculty and staff (i.e. advisors).