Your DPA program requires the completion of two professional
doctoral research seminars (PSL-R8941 and PSL-R8942). The goal of the
two DPA doctoral research seminar tracks is to prepare you for your
capstone early and continue to move forward throughout your learning
Doctoral research seminars are designed in an optimized, sequential format that allow you to work extensively on your capstone topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. The experiences give you the time and resources to focus on your project as you build the skills and confidence required to steadily move toward your goals.
Each seminar begins with an online course, including modules, assignments, and assessments. Next in the process is an in-person residency, followed by completion of a final assessment and development of a preparation plan for your next track.
When it comes to your requirements, timing is key. Your coursework builds the foundation for your seminar and your experience at the residency will keep you on track in your program. The two tracks are scheduled so you can create quality work and complete all tasks for each before moving on to the next one. On-time completion of the two tracks can significantly decrease your time to graduation and overall cost of your degree.
|Track 1||Throughout the course, you’ll focus on identifying a research problem and developing a research topic, and, literature review appropriate for your degree. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.|
|Track 2||Throughout the course you’ll apply skills necessary to craft a research plan by developing a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.|
As you advance through the dissertation research seminar tracks, you will gain mastery in each of these critical areas:
Identify and cultivate the skills required to professionally execute your research design.
Develop questions that align with an identified problem, study existing literature, propose research methodology, analyze data, and apply ethics and academic integrity to research.
Apply advanced critical thinking skills to synthesize ideas and concepts from previous research, as well as guide and support new research methods and designs.
Cultivate academic communication skills in verbal and written interactions necessary to advance scientific research.
Residency is part of the three-credit doctoral research seminar and follows the per credit pricing of the program. Included are academic sessions, as well as continental breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks on each full day of the in-person residency. 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. Additionally, we have partnered with Delta Air Lines to provide special discounts for Capella events.
Residencies are offered annually at hotel conference centers throughout the United States. To reduce travel costs, locations are chosen based on the number of Capella students in the area. The following cities are locations in which a residency may be held: Arlington, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, and Phoenix.
Although you are free to travel with friends and family, only
students are able to attend sessions and meals. Childcare is not