In-Residence Workshop

If you are enrolled in a doctoral program at Ashford University, you are required to attend three (3) in-residence workshops. The in-residence workshop requirement applies to all doctoral programs offered at Ashford University. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below to learn more details about the In-Residence Workshops.


If you are enrolled in a doctoral degree program, you will be required to attend three (3) In-Residence Workshops.

You will be enrolled in an online classroom at least three days before the in-residence workshop starts. Information from your instructor and other materials may be posted there. Once you begin your in-residence workshop, please contact your instructor regarding the required materials for the in-residence session.
Yes, students experiencing hardship or who are unable to travel to attend an In-Residence Workshop may be approved to attend a Virtual In-Residence Workshop. The Virtual In-Residence Workshop Request may be approved for various reasons. Please reference the Ashford University Academic Catalog for more information on how to appeal the In-Residence Workshop requirement.

Please write to [email protected] or visit https://www.ashford.edu/online-learning-experience/student-support/access-wellness at least one month in advance of your visit for information and/or to request accommodation.

You will need to be in the workshop at the following times:

  • Day 1: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
  • Day 2: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 
  • Day 3: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you attend the in-residence workshop, you are expected to actively participate the full 16 hours of instructional time. Failure to actively participate in 90% or greater (at least 14 hours) of instructional time during the workshop will result in your withdrawal from the workshop, and you will be required to repeat the workshop.

You will work with your Academic Advisor to schedule your workshops. Below is a guideline:

  • Students will be scheduled to attend In-Residence Workshop 1 following completion of 2-6 courses
  • Students will be scheduled to attend In-Residence Workshop 2 following completion of 7-12 courses
  • Students will be scheduled to attend In-Residence Workshop 3 following completion of 13+ courses and prior to enrolling in Dissertation Planning I or Applied Doctoral Project Planning I
  • Students can elect to take a 4th In-Residence Workshop to support completion of their Dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project