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Residency Requirements

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a week-long, intensive Dissertation Writer’s Retreat (DW-R8001). At the retreat, you can focus on your dissertation and enjoy access to dedicated Capella support staff and faculty.

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 residency experience.

To learn more about this degree program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Focus, Inspiration, and Support

The Dissertation Writer’s Retreat is the ideal setting to address challenges and make significant progress. The retreat offers:

  • 5 days of uninterrupted writing time in a distraction-free environment
  • 1-to-1 support from writing faculty, librarians, IRB specialists, and research methodologists
  • Valuable feedback and inspiration from faculty and peers

View a sample course sequence to see timing and how your coursework and Dissertation Writer’s Retreat fit together.

Special accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, mobility assistance, extra time in the courseroom) can be made for students who need additional support.

Retreat Costs and Financing

The cost of your Dissertation Writer’s Retreat is included in your quarterly tuition and covers all session activities and instructions as well as continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks on full days of attendance. Additional costs include airfare, lodging, evening meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

While it’s not necessary, we recommend that you stay at the hotel where the retreat is being held in order to take advantage of full immersion in the retreat and the special rate that Capella has negotiated on your behalf.

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

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

Dissertation Writer’s Retreat Locations

Dissertation Writer’s Retreats 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 Atlanta, Orlando, and Scottsdale, and Charlotte.

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