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PhD Intensive: Overview

PhD Intensives Overview

Click here to watch the PhD Dissertation Intensive Overview webinar to learn more about the benefits of attending, what to expect and eligibility requirements.

A PhD dissertation intensive (PhD DI) is an optional experience for candidates in PhD programs. Participants will meet virtually or in person to focus on their dissertation writing with a faculty member and other students who are at similar stages in their PhD capstone writing process.

  • PhD candidates can attend a dissertation intensive to satisfy the Residency 4 requirement for their PhD program.
    • Students must attend all sessions and advising throughout the entire intensive in order to successfully complete the experience to satisfy residency 4 requirements.
    • NOTE: Intensives are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

Participants spend every day—and evenings—drafting, receiving on-site faculty feedback, revising, and editing. Attendees will work directly with experienced faculty members who have expertise in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design as well as Writing Center Staff to develop and strengthen writing skills required for dissertation/capstone writing.

Each capstone intensive retreat is limited to approximately 25-30 participants (this is subject to change and depends on location and venue). The ratio of faculty to students ranges from 1:7 – 1:9 in order to allow for individualized attention and immediate feedback.

Group and individual sessions provide detailed information about the requirements consistent with the Walden University dissertation rubric.  Program content will be specific to PhD dissertation writing.  Attendees will spend time writing and meeting with faculty and writing staff members to obtain personalized assistance with their PhD capstone writing.

At the end of each day, participants “check in” with the faculty members on progress made, barriers and facilitators to effective and efficient writing, and goals for the next day. Many participants take full advantage of their time away from home, work, family, and other obligations by continuing to write during the evening.

Participants will also network with peer colleagues who are in the dissertation writing process and develop peer writing support groups that often continue to motivate and support each other after the conclusion of the experience.

PhD Intensives for ABD / Completion Program Students

Students in the following ABD (degree completion) program is required to complete PhD residency 3 (RESI 8403) and one dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500).


Please contact Student Success Advising to request registration.