2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) Residencies

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Students in the D.B.A. program are required to attend two 4-day on-site residencies: they are expected to attend the first within 90 calendar days of completion of the Foundation course and the second within 90 calendar days of completion of the specialization sequence.

At the first residency, students interact with one other and with program faculty members, building their networks and reinforcing their identities as members of the Walden D.B.A. community. The residency agenda features sessions on the structure of the D.B.A. program, the nature of the doctoral study and the process of its completion, and current topics in business administration.

The focus of the second residency is to assist students in the completion of the doctoral study proposal and the doctoral study. In addition to presentations on current topics in business administration, students participate in sessions on doctoral study success strategies. Both residencies include peer mentoring, as well as one-on-one sessions with faculty members, and representatives from the Center for Student Success, Center for Research Quality, academic advisors, and student support staff.


Residency 1

Residency 1 orients students to the program, providing a program overview and discussions relating to their doctoral study capstone project. Students have the opportunity to meet with peers, faculty members, and academic and other staff advisors. 

  • Timing: Can be completed as soon as students begin their program; should be taken within 90 days of completion of the Foundations course (DDBA 8005).
  • Format: Seminars and college colloquia.

Residency 2

Residency 2 focuses on strategies to help students with the completion of their doctoral study and capstone project.

  • Timing: To be taken just prior to the start (or during the beginning stages) of the doctoral study project.
  • Format: Seminars and college colloquia.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the residencies, students will be able to:

  1. Understand program requirements and expectations.
  2. Understand the steps to take for program completion.
  3. Establish a potential network with other students.
  4. Exchange ideas with faculty.
  5. Understand the mentor/chair/student relationship.
  6. Draft a research problem dealing with social change.
  7. Understand research designs and methodologies common in chosen field.
  8. Access current literature in chosen field.
  9. Understand the role research plays in social change.
  10. Communicate learning and research interests to others.
  11. Present academic work.

Residency Session Abstracts

 Residency Session Abstracts—D.B.A.