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COLLEGE OF DOCTORAL STUDIES

In today's competitive market, the demand for specialized knowledge is ever growing. Take the next step in your career by earning your doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU). Our College of Doctoral Studies offers advanced degrees such as a Doctor of Business Administration and a Doctor of Education with several emphases.

Learners begin their dissertation process as part of conventional coursework and participate in residencies to engage with faculty and colleagues in a scholarly environment. Achieve your personal and professional educational goals while impacting the global community. Learn more about programs offered in the College of Doctoral Studies.


The DC Network

The Doctoral Community Network TM (DC Network) is a vibrant online learning community that allows you to create and share content related to your discipline with other learners and faculty members at GCU. Collaborate and connect with scholars who have similar academic interests through interactive communication, instant notification of new content and indexed search functionality.

The Doctoral Journey

Visit our blog, The Doctoral Journey, where doctoral students, faculty and professionals share insights and field experiences. Our posts include insight into dissertation writing, information about our PhD programs, spotlights on our outstanding learners and much more.

Enhance your Academic Experience

Residencies at GCU are progressive, engaging experiences, connecting you with tools and insight to enrich your skills. Attend sessions in an academically stimulating setting that fosters focused research and quality interaction. Master of Divinity students and doctoral learners are required to attend residencies at integral points of the scholastic journey. During residencies, you have the opportunity to:

  • Master resources while working with faculty and staff to refine skills in writing, research and analysis
  • Build the dissertation foundation
  • Network and collaborate with colleagues face-to-face

Doctoral Residencies

All doctoral learners, excluding those in the education specialist program, are required to attend residencies as part of their degree program. Email your residency questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor with any questions.

Doctoral Residency 2019

Doctoral Residency Tuition and Fees:

  • Doctoral Residency is a 3-credit course subject to applicable tuition rates
  • Doctoral Residency is subject to the Course Withdrawal Policy and Tuition Refund Policy as outlined in the University Policy Handbook
  • The Doctoral Residency fee is in addition to course tuition
  • Visit Tuition and Financing for a listing of our Doctoral Residency Fees
  • The Doctoral Residency fee is non-refundable

Your Doctoral Residency tuition and fee includes:

  • One-on-one coaching from faculty
  • Hotel room for four nights (arrival Monday, departure Friday)
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Meals: Four breakfasts, three lunches, 2-4 dinners and daily snacks

Learners are responsible for:

  • Any and all personal transportation during Doctoral Residency (excluding learner onsite transportation listed above)
  • Any charges related to travel including, but not limited to, change/transfer fees and cancellation fees

Attendance at all sessions is required to receive credit. The College of Doctoral Studies allows you one spot at a Doctoral Residency each year. You are not guaranteed a new spot if a previous registration has been canceled in the same year. Doctoral Residency requirements must be fulfilled before proceeding in your program.

  • Doctoral learners are required to attend two Doctoral Residencies as part of their degree programs
  • Residency 1 - RSD 851: Learners must attend the first Doctoral Residency by 24 credits. You should schedule the first Doctoral Residency between the fifth course and the eighth course
  • Residency 2 - RSD 881: Learners must attend the second Doctoral Residency by 42 credits. You should schedule the second Doctoral Residency between the 10th course and the 14th course
  • Residency 3 - RSD 951: Learners must attend the third residency by 69 credits, before moving into fourth continuation course
  • If you are unable to attend the first Doctoral Residency by 24 credits or the second Doctoral Residency by 42 credits, you will not be allowed to register for additional courses until the Residency requirement is met

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

  • Airline Reservation
    • Compare airlines for the best price and book early to secure your seat at Doctoral Residency
    • Changes and/or cancellation are the learner's responsibility
    • Plan travel to accommodate arriving in Phoenix by 10 am on Monday and the course ending at noon on Friday
    • Submit your travel plans on your personal travel web form 45 days before your Doctoral Residency date to complete your registration process
  • Tuition (learner's account must be in good standing to attend Doctoral Residency)
  • Food budget (consider expenses while en route, as well as meals, drinks or snacks outside of what the university provides)
  • Time off (confirmed with workplace/employer)
  • Family schedule (confirmed support systems are in place during time away from home)
  • Doctoral Residency Pre-Assignment (completed and deposited in your classroom assignment folder)
  • Business casual attire (no jeans or shorts); dress in layers of clothing (outside/inside temperatures vary)
  • Laptop, chargers, power cords and electronic version of textbooks
  • Special needs communicated to disabilityoffice@gcu.edu at least a month prior to arrival

Please feel free to email your Doctoral Residency questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor.

2019 Residency Dates 2019 Online Dates (3 Weeks) Location
July 29 - Aug. 2 July 18 - Aug. 8 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Aug. 26 - Aug. 30 Aug. 15 - Sep. 5 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sep. 9 - Sep. 13 Aug. 29 - Sep. 19 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sep. 16 - Sep. 20 Sep. 6 - Sep. 26 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sep. 23 - Sep. 27 Sep. 12 - Oct. 3 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 7 - Oct. 11 Sep. 27 - Oct. 17 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 21 - Oct. 25 Oct. 10 - Oct. 31 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Nov. 4 - Nov. 8 Oct. 22 - Nov. 14 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Nov. 18 - Nov. 22 Nov. 7 - Nov. 28 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Dec. 2 - Dec. 6 Nov. 21 - Dec. 12 GCU Hotel and Conference Center

Dissertation Intensive Seminar

The Dissertation Intensive Seminar allows you to evaluate and assess the practicality of your prospectus, proposal or final dissertation. These hands-on opportunities provide access to personal feedback from faculty members. Although the Dissertation Intensive Seminar is  optional, we strongly encourage learners who would like to develop or revise a draft of their prospectus, proposal or dissertation to attend.

Objectives
During the Dissertation Intensive Seminar, strong focus is placed on writing, research, analysis and quality. You can expect to:

  • Focus and gain substantial progress in the development of your prospectus, proposal or dissertation
  • Participate in mentoring and content sessions for personalized writing and research coaching
  • Receive immediate feedback and assistance in an academic environment
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Dissertation Intensive Seminars 2019

Dissertation Intensive Seminar Tuition and Fees:

  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar is offered as either a 0-credit course (not subject to tuition rates) or as a 3-credit course (subject to applicable tuition rates)
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar is subject to the Course Withdrawal Policy and Tuition Refund Policy as outlined in the University Policy Handbook
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee is in addition to applicable course tuition (if taken for credit)
  • For 2019, the Dissertation Seminar fee will be $1295 for 0-credit option and $795 for 3-credit option
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee is non-refundable

Your Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee includes:

  • One-on-one coaching from faculty
  • Hotel room for four nights (arrival Monday, departure Friday)
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Meals: Four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners and daily snacks

Learners are responsible for:

  • Any and all personal transportation during the Dissertation Intensive Seminar (excluding learner onsite transportation listed above)
  • Any charges related to travel including, but not limited to, change/transfer fees and cancellation fees

Attendance at all sessions is required to receive credit. The College of Doctoral Studies allows one spot at a Doctoral Residency each year. You are not guaranteed a new spot if a previous registration has been canceled in the same year. Doctoral Residency requirements must be fulfilled before proceeding in your program. RSD 951 (Dissertation Intensive Seminar) is a pre-requisite for XX- 969 (continuation course #4).

To help ensure a successful Dissertation Intensive Seminar, we suggest that you confirm the following as soon as possible:

  • Airline Reservation
    • Compare airlines for the best price and book early to secure your seat at Dissertation Intensive Seminar
    • Changes and/or cancellation are the learner’s responsibility
    • Plan travel to accommodate arriving in Phoenix by 10 am onMonday and course ending at noon on Friday
    • Submit your travel plans on your personal travel web form 45 days before your Dissertation Intensive Seminar date to complete your registration process
  • Tuition (your account must be in good standing to attend Dissertation Intensive Seminar)
  • Food budget (consider expenses while en route, meals, drinks or snacks outside of what the university provides)
  • Time off (confirmed with workplace/employer)
  • Family schedule (confirmed support systems are in place during time away from home)
  • Business casual attire (no jeans or shorts); dress in layers of clothing (outside/inside temperatures vary)
  • Laptop, chargers, power cords and electronic version of textbooks
  • Special needs communicated to disabilityoffice@gcu.edu at least a month prior to arrival 

Please email your Dissertation Intensive Seminar questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor.

2019 Residency Dates 2019 Online Dates (3 Weeks) Location
Sep. 9 - Sep. 13 Aug. 29 - Sep. 19 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 7 - Oct. 11 Sep. 27 - Oct. 17

GCU Hotel and Conference Center

Nov. 4 - Nov. 8 Oct. 22 - Nov. 14

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Dec. 2 - Dec. 6 Nov. 21 - Dec. 12

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Established IRB According to National Research Act
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