Doctoral Residency for Ph.D. and DSL

The Ph.D. and DSL programs in the School of Business & Leadership include two required residencies, each covering four days and held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The School of Business & Leadership is committed to the historical foundations of the doctoral degree in which a community of scholars is created among faculty mentors and student scholars. The first residency covers program orientation and guidelines, as well as in-class instruction for the first courses of the core curriculum. The second residency focuses on class instruction for the courses to be taken in the semester, future semesters, as well as overviews of other doctoral program requirements such as comprehensive exams, doctoral dissertation and final doctoral project.


Attendance from beginning to end of residency is required. Thus, plan to arrive the evening before the start of residency and depart after 4:00 pm the final day of residency.

    • Summer 2018: May 14-17, 2018
    • Fall 2018: August 27-30, 2018
    • Spring 2019: January 14-17, 2019
    • Summer 2019: May 13-16, 2019


The residency fee attached to one of the residency courses is $350 and includes breakfast and lunch (Monday through Thursday) and dinner (Monday through Wednesday) in the Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn & Spa. Morning and afternoon break refreshments will also be provided.


Residency will be held on the campus of Regent University at the adjacent Founders Inn & Spa. All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses associated with the residencies. The Founders Inn & Spa is the student preferred and recommended residency hotel. It is adjacent to Regent University and within walking distance to the entire campus. The School of Business & Leadership works closely with The Founders Inn and has secured a special residency rates. The number of discounted rooms is limited, so early reservations are highly encouraged. Students should plan to arrive the evening before the start of residency and depart after 4:00 pm the final day of residency.

The Founders Inn & Spa will honor the group rates for reservations received by Friday, April 27, 2018. The following rates include taxes and fees:

  • Standard Colonial Queen: $111.44
  • Standard Colonial Double: $134.24

To reserve your room, make an online reservation now for the Summer 2018 Residency, or call The Founders Inn reservation desk at 757.366.5700 (Group code: 576977). Guests must identify their affiliation with SBL Summer Residency at the time the reservation is made. Guests arriving prior to the start of event or leaving after the conclusion, will be extended the same rate as above, based on availability.


Should you have any questions regarding residency, please contact the appropriate staff member: