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Grand Canyon University’s innovative doctoral degree programs prepare learners for leadership roles in their professions, communities and society. Our dynamic online learning community, integrated dissertation process, wealth of resources and collaborative environment support a successful and meaningful doctoral journey. We believe earning a doctoral degree is a journey and similar to climbing a mountain—challenging, invigorating and completely rewarding when you reach the top. Our goal is to help you conquer your own mountain and succeed on your doctoral journey. Readers of The Doctoral Journey blog, presented by the College of Doctoral Studies, will find resourceful and knowledgeable posts regarding the doctoral process, research best practices and dissertation tips among other topics from GCU’s doctoral faculty.
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What to Expect from Your Doctoral Residency

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GCU Doctoral candidates in residency

As part of their doctorate degree program, most learners are required to attend residency. During residency, doctoral candidates can network with other learners and faculty to acquire in-depth knowledge about their area of study. Doctoral residency provides learners with development opportunities for success as they begin or continue their doctoral journey and work on writing their dissertation.

Residency Overview

During doctoral residency, learners have the opportunity to learn about the doctoral journey, work with experts on the process of the dissertation and network with faculty and other learners. Residencies differ with each program, providing specific tools and resources and allowing learners to gain a better understanding in their area of study.

Residencies typically take place at the beginning of or during a doctoral program, allowing each learner the opportunity to set themselves up for personal success throughout their program. Learners may also earn credit toward their degree for attending a doctoral residency.

Residency at Grand Canyon University

At GCU, you can expect to attend two residencies in Phoenix. Residencies take place over five days, and include an online portion that takes place over the course of three weeks.

This year, residencies are held on GCU’s main campus, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak in Phoenix and in Atlanta, GA. Residency costs include daily meals and transportation.

GCU also offers an optional Dissertation Intensive Writing Retreat, which is separate from residency, but may help learners who are in different stages of the dissertation process. Learners build momentum in their doctoral dissertation process and have the opportunity to make progress on their dissertation. This is an opportunity to completely focus on dissertation writing and learn from faculty, staff and peers.

To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, doctoral programs or residency requirements for each program, contact an enrollment representative today or visit our website.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English literature at Grand Canyon University.