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Residency Requirements

Your program requires the completion of the Professional Doctorate Colloquium (PSL-R8900). This five-day experience offers the chance to collaborate with peers, faculty, and Capella staff to further develop, refine, and share your dissertation research proposal.

Taking time from your work and family can be a challenge, but the value you will gain from this experience is immeasurable. In fact, Capella students tell us much of their success is a direct result of the time and effort put into their colloquia experience.

Writing your dissertation is challenging work. You will need to find time to write, learn about different research methods, seek feedback on your work, and maintain your motivation. This Colloquium offers the focus, inspiration, and support you need to make progress.

Learners focus on the major facets of action research, and on understanding the learner's role as a principal investigator and clarifying the role of research committee members in the dissertation proposal process. Learners also work to complete the Scientific Merit Action Research Template (SMART) form and become familiar with IRB processes and Capella's resources.

For your Professional Doctorate, grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): DHA8015 or DPA8424 or DrPH8190.

Your Colloquia Experience

The Professional Doctorate Colloquium will consist of small and large group sessions in addition to dedicated time to work independently on your proposal. During your colloquium experience, you can expect to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and help as well as participate in peer review sessions.

Colloquium activities include sessions focused on:

  • Scholarly writing and presentations
  • Research topics, planning, methodology, and design
  • Library usage
  • Literature review
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Academic integrity and ethics

Colloquia Costs and Financing

The registration cost for each colloquium is $1,495. Included in this cost are all session activities and instructions as well as continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks on Friday to Sunday. Additional costs include airfare, lodging, evening meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

You can finance your colloquia using Stafford and GradPLUS loan funds. Capella also accepts all major credit cards and checks and offers a Colloquium Payment Deferral Agreement for those who qualify. Additionally, Capella has partnered with Delta Air Lines to provide special discounts for Capella events.

To view an estimate of your total tuition (excluding travel costs) and a sample course sequence, calculate your costs and graduation date.

Questions about colloquium costs and financing? Email or call an enrollment counselor at 1.877.269.7780.

Colloquia Locations

Colloquia are offered throughout the U.S. at alternating locations each year, and are held at hotel conference centers. To reduce travel costs, locations are chosen based the number of Capella students in the area. Past locations have included Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, and Arlington.

Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 1.877.269.7780 to learn about upcoming colloquia dates and locations.

While you are free to travel with friends and family, only students are able to attend sessions and meals. Childcare is not provided.