• Residency Program Objectives and Overview

    Residency can help ensure the success and timeliness of your dissertation journey by enabling you to:

    • Learn about the steps in the journey, your role as a doctoral learner and the role of your committee
    • Learn about tools and resources available
    • Work with faculty and staff who are experts in research and the dissertation process
    • Further develop your 10 Strategic Points that provide the architecture for your research
    • Establish a network of peers for ongoing collaboration and support

    Within each session, you apply the discussed concepts to your research with one-on-one coaching from your faculty, who are experienced dissertation chairs and researchers.

  • Attendance at Residency is Required for Academic Progression

    Residency Attendance Policy:

    • Doctoral learners are required to attend Residencies as part of their degree program
    • Those who do not attend Residency during the first 24 credit hours of their program will not be allowed to register for further coursework until the first Residency requirement is fulfilled
    • Learners who have not fulfilled their second Residency requirement by the completion of 42 credit hours will not be allowed to register for further coursework until the second Residency requirement is fulfilled

    All Residency requirements must be fulfilled as a graduation requirement.

  • 2015 Residency Offerings

    Residency weeks run Monday – Friday and are scheduled for:

    Residency week dates are no longer available for 2015.

  • Residency Locations

    Phoenix, Arizona Residencies will be held at:
    Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
    7677 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020

    Atlanta, Georgia Residencies will be held at:
    Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport
    4700 Southport Road, Atlanta, GA 30337

  • In Addition to One-on-one Coaching From the Faculty, Your Residency Tuition and Fee Includes:

    • Hotel room for four nights (arrival Monday - departure Friday)
      *GCU will only secure your hotel room if travel plans are submitted at least 45 days prior to your Residency date
    • Wireless internet access
    • The following meals:
      • 4 Breakfasts
      • 3 Lunches
      • 2 Dinners
      • Daily snacks provided also

    The 2015 Residency Fee is as Follows:

    $950 for all sessions

    *Residency is a three-credit course and subject to applicable tuition rates in addition to the Residency fee.

    What is not included: Costs associated with traveling to/from the Residency location and meals not listed above.

  • Schedule Outline

    • Residency will take place in the hotel conference center
    • Residency starts at 3 p.m. Monday and ends at noon (12 p.m.) Friday
    • GCU's Residency registration is from 1 p.m.– 3 p.m. Monday
    • Hotel check-in time is 4 p.m. (arrivals before 4 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available)
    • Hotel check-out time is 11 a.m.

    Actual Residency schedules will be posted on the DC Network under the Residency tab.

    Attendance Policy

    Learners must be in attendance at all sessions from 3 p.m. Monday until Friday 12 p.m. to receive Residency credit.

  • Campus Tour For Phoenix Sessions

    What to Expect:

    • Walking guided tour of the campus in Phoenix, AZ
    • Meet and Greet with university leadership team
    • Bookstore shopping time
    • Dinner
  • RSD 851 and RSD 881 Pre-Assignment

    Your Pre-Assignment for Residency includes:

    1. Complete the 10 Strategic Points template for your proposed research
    2. 10 Scholarly Resources (dissertations and/or empirical articles) directly related to your research topic
    3. Download Residency Tools and Course Materials located in the DC Network to your laptop
    4. Review LoudCloud Announcements

    You must post the 10 Strategic Points and the 10 Scholarly Resources to LoudCloud prior to your arrival to receive full credit for this assignment.

    Specific instructions for the Pre-Assignment and Course Materials are located in the RSD Folders on the Residency tab in the DC Network. Course materials will be available after January 15, 2015.

  • Checklist

    To help ensure you have a successful Residency, we suggest you confirm the following as soon as possible:

    • Airline reservation (Book early to save money, but be aware of change/cancellation restrictions. Important: Plan travel to accommodate Residency start of 3 p.m. Monday and noon. Friday wrap up) Special Note: Submit travel plans on your personal travel webform 45 days before your Residency date to complete your registration process
    • Tuition (Paid in full)
    • Food budget (Consider expenses while en-route, plus budget for dinners on your own)
    • Time off (Confirmed with workplace/employer)
    • Family schedule (Confirmed support systems are in place during time away from home)
    • Residency pre-work completed and deposited in your classroom assignment folder
    • Attire: Business casual (no jeans or shorts)
    • Layers of clothing: outside/inside temperatures vary
    • Remember to pack a laptop, chargers, power cords and electronic version of textbooks
    • Communicate any special needs at least a month prior to arrival disabilityoffice@gcu.edu

    Please feel free to email your Residency questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your Student Services Advisor.

  • Tips for Success from Your Peers

    • Read, read, read: research dissertations and empirical articles on your topic and bring them to Residency
    • Prepare: spend time on completing the Pre-Assignment as this will better align your research
    • Complete other course work before your arrival at Residency to get the most value out of the week
    • Use the evenings to apply the learning to develop or revise your Prospectus or Proposal
    • Engage: network with the various faculty and staff to develop a collaboration and support team

    Overall, your peers felt rejuvenated, excited and focused after Residency.

  • Please Visit the DC Network to Obtain Residency Updates, Pre-Assignment Instructions, Travel Tips and Schedules


    Please contact Disability Office at disabilityoffice@gcu.edu for any special needs at least one month prior to your Residency.

  • Register With Your Student Services Advisor

    In order to register or make changes to your registration, please contact your Student Services Advisor.