FAQ: Residency

Residency Dates

For complete residency dates and schedules, please click here.

What is residency?

To learn more about the purpose of our residencies please visit our residency site.

Is it mandatory? Do I have to attend all the residencies?

For doctoral students, the answer is yes to both questions for those students enrolled after Fall 2014. The Ph.D. and DSL programs in the School of Business & Leadership include three required residencies, each covering four days and held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The first residency covers program orientation and guidelines, the library use course (UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources) as well as in-class instruction for the first two courses of the core curriculum. The second and third residencies focus on class instruction for the courses to be taken in the semester as well as doctoral program requirements such as comprehensive exams, doctoral dissertation, DSL Integrative Paper and Final Project.

How much time should I allocate for residency?

It would be best for doctoral students to allocate approximately four days for residency (excluding days for travel). It is recommended that non-local students arrive one day early to check into their hotel and get familiar with the campus.

How much does it cost?

Doctoral students
The residency fee for doctoral students is $275 and includes lunch and dinner, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments through The Ordinary. All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses. There is no separate campus parking fee for residencies. New doctoral students are encouraged to stay at The Founders Inn and may receive a reduced "Regent" rate (limited availability). There is no extra room charge for spouses.

When and where does it take place?

Follow these links for the most up-to-date schedule and campus map.

What is the dress code?

Business casual.

What is required each day?

A typical day begins around 8:30 a.m. with a class session followed by lunch and an afternoon class session. Plenary sessions, chapels and quiet times are scheduled on some days in the early morning or just before lunch. Evenings provide an opportunity for reading, research, writing and group work.

Can I bring my spouse and family?

Students are welcome to bring their families with them, however, only enrolled students are permitted to attend class. Students should plan to use non-class time and evenings for research, writing and meeting with other students. Because of this, family time during residency may be limited. To get more information about things to do in the area with your family, visit our hospitality site.

When should I arrive for residency?

The best time to arrive for residency is the day before it begins.




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