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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. 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.

For master's students, the answer is no. MBA and MOL students are welcome to attend the optional May residency, which provides an excellent opportunity to network with other students, learn more about Regent University and meet personally with the faculty and staff of the School of Business & Leadership (SBL). Some of the residencies may coincide with some of our other signature events, such as the Annual Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice and The Exchange, SBL's signature networking event, providing additional opportunities for students to present research and interact with other scholars, alumni and doctoral faculty.

How much time should I allocate for residency?

It would be best for doctoral students to allocate approximately six days for residency (excluding days for travel). Master’s students should allocate three days.

How much does it cost?

Doctoral students attending the on-campus residency are responsible for their own lodging, travel and incidental expenses. 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. SBL will provide all meals through the Regent Ordinary on campus.

When and where does it take place?

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

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?

First-year students are welcome to bring their families with them. Students should plan, however, to use non-class time and evenings for research, writing and meeting with other students. There can be limited time to participate with your family during residency. 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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