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Academic residencies are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences held throughout the year at various locations for students to meet with college faculty, administrators, and representatives from the Center for Student Success (Walden Library, Writing Center, Career Center), Center for Research Quality, and academic advisors and student support staff. They also provide a foundation on which students can progress through the process of completing the research degree by developing scholarly research and professional skills that reflect the university’s mission of positive social change.
The following core goals guide the student experience during residencies:
- Socialization into degree program expectations and the professional community
- Development of graduate research skills
- Promotion of scholarship and professional skills
- Discussion of the role that scholarly research and professional skills can play in the university’s mission of positive social change
The following programs have the following residences:
- EMBA students attend two residencies, a 4-day U.S. residency and a 7- to 10-day international residency.
- Master of Social Work (MSW) students attend two 4-day residencies.
- M.S. in Addiction Counseling students attend two 6-day residencies.
- M.S. in Career Counseling students attend two 6-day residencies.
- M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling students attend two 6-day residencies.
- M.S. in Mental Health Counseling students attend two 6-day residences.
- M.S. in School Counseling students attend two 6-day residences.
- Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration students attend two 3-day residencies.
- Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) students are required to attend two 4-day residencies.
- Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.) students are required to attend two 4-day residencies
- Doctor of Social Work (DSW) students are required to attend one 6-day residency.
- Ed.D. students attend one 3-day residency during the first year of their program.
- Ph.D. students fulfill their 16-day residency requirement by participating in four 4-day residencies (about one a year) aligned with their academic progress.
- Ph.D. students may fulfill 8 of their 16 -day residency requirements by participating in Residency 2 and Residency 4 virtual residencies aligned with their academic progress.
o Ph.D. students must have fulfilled the Residency 1 and/or Residency 3 requirement.
o Residency 1 and 3 must be completed through the face-to-face residency.
o Eligible Ph.D. students must be participating in a four-part residency model. Students currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program or those required to complete an Academic Year in Residence are not eligible to attend virtual residencies.
- Ph.D. students in Counselor Education and Supervision fulfill their residency requirement by participating in one 4-day and two 8-day residencies aligned with their academic progress.
- Ph.D. students in the Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology specializations have additional residency requirements.
Technology Requirements for All Residencies
Students participating in face-to-face academic residencies are required to use a personal computer (laptop), tablet, or mobile device for their work at the residencies. The personal computer, tablet, or mobile device must meet Walden University’s minimum technical requirements.
For students attending a virtual residency, in addition to the standard Walden technical requirements, their computers must meet these technical requirements:
- Have speakers or headset
- Have a microphone
- Have a webcam (minimum resolution at 640 x 480 standard definition)
- Have high-speed Internet (strongly preferred due to streaming media needs)
Registration and links to residency information are through the myWalden university portal.