Walden is the first higher education institution to offer a virtual residency experience for non-licensure PhD students. The virtual residency offers you the same learning opportunities as our traditional face-to-face residency but without the travel requirements.
As a student attending a virtual residency, you can take advantage of innovative social networking technology that allows you to participate in learning activities through virtual conferences and dynamic online classrooms. You will also be placed in a small cohort of students, which will foster even more opportunities for you to connect with your classmates and faculty.
Just as the face-to-face residency requires you to attend scheduled seminars, you will need to attend online events that are scheduled throughout the virtual residency. However, unlike face-to-face residencies that require you to attend four full days of seminars, the virtual residency seminars are scheduled over the course of nine partial days throughout the month. Click here to view the upcoming PhD virtual residency dates.
You may want to choose a virtual residency if:
You may be eligible to participate in a PhD virtual residency if:
Click here to view the upcoming PhD virtual residency dates.
You have the option to select from two scheduled tracks: day or evening at the time of registration. However, the elective sessions, professional development sessions, and colloquia activities are shared by all tracks and are scheduled in the morning and/or evening time blocks throughout the virtual residency. That means, regardless of which track you sign up for (day or evening), you are required to attend some sessions outside of your selected track. Please pay close attention to the schedule of sessions to make certain you don't miss required sessions that are outside of your track.
Attendance is required in ALL sessions in order to successfully complete your virtual residency.
PhD Virtual Residency Schedule Tracks - Be sure to select your desired track at the time of registration.
Refer to your residency registration confirmation email for the specific schedule of sessions for your residency level and track. The final schedule will also be posted in the Virtual Residency Blackboard classroom one week prior to the start of the residency.
You are eligible to participate in an EdD Advanced virtual residency when you have your doctoral study committee assigned in the Prospectus course (EDUC 8081/EDDD 8900/8910) or just prior to the Prospectus course of your program.
You can also participate if you are enrolled in EDUC 8090/EDDD 8990.
*Research shows students who attend an optional EdD Advanced residency complete their program an average of 6 months faster than those who do not attend.
Click here to view the upcoming EdD Advanced virtual residency dates.
In addition to the current technical requirements for Walden’s online courses, the virtual residency requires you to have the following:
Access to the internet using high speed access (Cable, DSL, Network) is required for all virtual sessions.
The suggested speed is 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended).
To learn about your internet speed, use Speedtest.net as a broadband speed analysis tool that allows anyone to test their Internet connection. The speed test will test all available bandwidth on your network, but it does not take into account other users on the network that may be using bandwidth at the same time.
Zoom web conferencing software
You must have the ability to run Zoom software. Go to this website to check your system requirements.
To register for a virtual residency, log in to myWalden and follow the process for residency registration. For more information, call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).