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Residency Requirements

Your master’s program requires the completion of 3 residential colloquia (PSY-R6181, PSY-R6182, PSY-R6183). Residency allows you to interact with fellow students and faculty in person, to gather important information to help you through your program, and to learn and practice basic skills in your specialization area.

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.

For more information, contact an enrollment counselor at 1.877.269.7780 or by email.

Your Residency Experience

For each residency requirement, you will complete online components and attend an in-person, 6-day residency experience with your faculty and other students in your program. During each weekend experience, you can expect to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and help as well as participate in peer review sessions with a goal of crafting a viable research plan.

Residency activities include:

  • Mini-lectures
  • Discussions
  • Small and large group exercises
  • Role play and simulation

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

Residency: Your Roadmap to Success

Residencies are designed in an optimized, sequential format that allows you to augment your online coursework. The residency experiences give you the time to collaborate and build a strong learning community – a factor that can help strengthen and maintain motivation so that you'll continue moving toward your degree.

When it comes to your colloquia requirements, timing is key. Your coursework builds the foundation for your colloquia and your experience at colloquia will keep you on track in your program. Your colloquia tracks are scheduled so you can create quality work and complete all tasks for each track before moving on to the next one. On time completion of the three colloquia tracks can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.

What You’ll Learn—and When

Track 1

Develop effective listening and communication skills.


Complete within the first two quarters of enrollment.

Track 2

Craft a well-formed research question, select the correct methodology and research design to answer the question and begin developing a sampling strategy and plan for your dissertation.


Take before completing your specialization coursework.

Track 2

Further develop the concepts of your dissertation topics and craft a preliminary full research design. By the end of Track 3 you should have a viable Research Plan to submit during the early milestones of your dissertation.


Take before completing your specialization coursework.

View a sample course sequence to see timing and how your coursework and residencies all fit together.

Residency Competencies

As you advance through the residency tracks, you will gain mastery in each of these critical areas:

Scholarly Communication

Identify and cultivate academic communication skills in verbal and written interactions.

Interviewing Skills

Obtain necessary information while putting the client at ease, show empathy, paraphrase thoughts, focus on salient information. Summarize deeper meaning, set treatment goals, challenge clients, use immediacy and self-disclosure.

Crisis Management

Deal confidently and effectively with crisis situations, including lethality assessment.

Ethics and Diversity Training

Gain sensitivity to cultural perspectives and understand ethical issues that may arise.

Administration and Scoring

Learn how to effectively administer, score, and interpret appropriate psychological testing to gain relevant insight.

Residency Costs and Financing

The registration cost for each residency is $1,495. Included in this cost are all session activities and instructions as well as continental breakfast, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks, beginning on the first full day. Additional costs include airfare, lodging, evening meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

It is possible to finance your residency 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 costs and financing? Email or call an enrollment counselor at call 1.877.269.7780.

Residency Locations

Residencies 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.