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Timing and Requirements: PhD

PhD in Education (EDUC) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course (EDPD 8002/EDPD 8006/EDUC 8110).
Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete Residency 2 after RSCH 8100/RSCH 8110.
Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete Residency 3 after RSCH 8200/8210 and RSCH 8300/8310.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and you are enrolled in EDUC 9000 or EDPD 8990 as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during EDUC 9000.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensive Retreats are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD Health Education & Promotion (HEP) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete Residency 1 in term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete Residency 2 between terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.

Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete Residency 3 between terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9101.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during your dissertation.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensives are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD Health Services (HLTH) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete Residency 1 in term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete Residency 2 as between terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.

Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete Residency 3 between terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9001.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat during your dissertation.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensive Retreats are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD in Management (MGMT) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8003M.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete residency 2 at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310).
  Effective Spring 2020:

Students who started the program in Winter 2018 or later, completion of Residencies 1 and 2 is required in order to advance into MGMT 8900 and all subsequent courses in the program.

Students who started the program in Fall 2018 or earlier, completion of Residencies 1 and 2 is required prior to registration in the advanced research course and MGMT 9000.

Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete residency 3 once you have a draft prospectus.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete residency 4 after your prospectus is approved as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during MGMT 9000M.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensive Retreats are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD Nursing (NURS) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into RSCH 8101N.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete Residency 2 prior to entering NURS 8551.
Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete Residency 3 once you have a draft prospectus.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during NURS 9000 Doctoral Dissertation.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensive Retreats are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD Public Health (PUBH) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete residency 1 in term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110H.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete residency 2 between terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into PHLT 8068.

Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required Complete residency 3 between terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into PHLT 9005.
Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and PHLT 9005 is completed as:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during your dissertation.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensives are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

PhD Residency Timing - all other programs except those above

Timing for the following PhD programs:

Clinical Psychology (CLIN) Criminal Justice (CRJS) Developmental Psychology (DEVP) Forensic Psychology (FORP) Human Services (HUMN)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP)

Psychology (PSYC)

Public Policy and Administration (PPA)

Social Work (SW)

Residency Required or Optional Timing
Residency 1 (RESI 8401) Required

Complete residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; should be completed in term 1 or term 2.

Focus: Socialization into Walden, community building, introductory skill and professional identity development, team building, scholarly writing, identification of potential research topics for your dissertation.

Residency 2 (RESI 8402)

Required

Complete residency 2 after completing RSCH 8100/8110.

Focus: Introduction to research skills, self-assessment, dissertation and research skill development as well as professional development.

Residency 3 (RESI 8403) Required

Complete residency 3 after completing RSCH 8100/8110, 8200/8210, 8300/8310. 

Focus: Prospectus writing and completion, proposal development, and dissertation processes.

Residency 4 (RESI 8404)

Required OR

dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500)

Complete residency 4 after your prospectus is approved as follows:

Dissertation Intensive

(DRWI 8500)

Optional

Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive during your dissertation.

Contact Student Success Advising to register. NOTE: Intensive Retreats are NOT included in Fast Track tuition.

International Students: Be sure to register for your selected U.S. residency 3-4 months before the residency start date in order to allow sufficient time to complete the required processes and approvals for you to be able to travel and attend. View the SEVIS/I-20 site for complete information about the requirement for travel to U.S. residencies.

PhD Residency 4 Proposal Writing Track

Overview

The Residency 4 Proposal Writing Track provides information on the dissertation process and journey with a focus on the proposal phase, tools, and related resources for the learner to draft their proposal and outline for dissertation chapters 1, 2, and 3. Topics include scholarly skills to synthesize literature, accurately utilizing APA formatting, dissertation checklist, literature review, theoretical and conceptual framework, methods, and instrument testing.

 

If you answer YES to 3 or more of these statements suggests this track is right for you:

  • I have completed Residency 3.
  • I have an approved prospectus.
  • I need help developing chapters 1-3.
  • I need help developing the literature review.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the Dissertation Checklist to support the development of the dissertation.
  2. Synthesizes original research in an appropriate, discipline-relevant, scholarly voice following applicable standards and requirements for publication.
  3. Creates an outline of the dissertation proposal for Chapters 1-3 utilizing the Dissertation Template.

PhD Residency 4 Qualitative Methods & Data Collection Track

Overview

The Qualitative Track for Residency 4 aims to meet the student where they are in the dissertation process to help ensure the fundamental assumptions of qualitative research align with chapters 1 and 3 or chapters 4 and 5 of the dissertation. Topics include the nature and logic of qualitative research, trustworthiness, data collection strategies, data analysis, ethical considerations, IRB, qualitative methodologies: case study, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, action research and visual research.

 

If you answer YES to 4 or more of these statements suggests this track is right for you:

  • I have completed Residency 3.
  • I have an approved prospectus.
  • I am using qualitative methods in my research.
  • I need help with qualitative research design in chapters 1 and 3.
  • I need help with qualitative data collection or data analysis.
  • I need help with chapters 4-5.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluates qualitative research design to support the development of an independent research study.
  2. Writes dissertation purpose statement that align with qualitative research design.  
  3. Writes dissertation research questions that align with qualitative research design.  
  4. Develops appropriate data collection and data analysis strategies.
  5. Designs an independent qualitative research study that contributes to the professional body of knowledge in the literature.

PhD Residency 4 Quantitative Methods & Data Collection Track

Overview

The Quantitative Track for Residency 4 aims to meet the student where they are in the dissertation process to help ensure the fundamental assumptions of quantitative research align with chapter 4 of the dissertation. Topics include power analysis, SPSS, data entry, data screening, test instrument reliability, statistical analysis overview: independent-samples t-test, ANOVA, multiple regression, logistic regression, factorial ANOVA, results, and methods.

 

If you answer YES to 4 or more of these statements suggests this track is right for you:

  • I have completed Residency 3.
  • I have an approved prospectus.
  • I am using quantitative methodology in my research.
  • I need help with quantitative data collection.
  • I need help with quantitative data analysis.
  • I need help with chapters 4-5.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluates quantitative research design to support the development of an independent research study.
  2. Conducts quantitative research design activities e.g., power analysis, data screening, data cleaning, determining internal consistency.  
  3. Operates statistical software for basic data entry and import to support quantitative research design.
  4. Designs an independent quantitative research study that contributes to the professional body of knowledge in the literature.

PhD Residency 4 Publishing & Presenting Track

Overview

The Residency 4 Presenting & Publishing Track supports advanced doctoral students who want to gain a deeper understanding of their role as steward of their discipline, with a specific focus on strategies to disseminate their research as part of their development as a scholar/practitioner. Topics include audiences and venues for dissemination, strategies for creating products to disseminate, tactics for effective publication and presentation, and continued development of scholarly identity.

 

The following is required:

  • I have an approved proposal or an approved 3xM Design Plan.

 

If you answer YES to 2 or more of these statements suggests this track is right for you:

  • I have completed Residency 3.
  • I want to publish my research.
  • I want to present my research.
  • I have questions about how and where to disseminate my research.
  • I don’t know how to get started publishing or presenting my research.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Creates a research dissemination plan.
  2. Develops a research narrative.
  3. Outlines the steps involved in publishing and presenting research.
  4. Demonstrates presentation skills.

PhD Residency 4 General Track

Overview

The Residency 4 General Track seeks to build student capacity to complete the dissertation proposal and the final dissertation. Topics include dissertation chapter expectations, the Walden dissertation process, and working with the dissertation committee. Students will present a PowerPoint of their proposed dissertation research and receive developmental feedback from faculty and peers. Feedback will emphasize alignment, quality, and feasibility. For the required final assignment, you will compose a reflection identifying what you have learned about your own research and the research development process in general as well as specifying next steps to move forward with a timeline for completion. 

 

If you answer YES to 3 or more of these statements suggests this track is right for you:

  • I have completed Residency 3.
  • I have an approved prospectus.
  • I need non-specific general help developing chapters 1-5.
  • I am interested in presenting my research and receiving peer feedback.

 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluates research design to support the development of an independent research study.
  2. Designs an independent research study that contributes to the professional body of knowledge in the literature.