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. 


All Ashford University doctoral students are expected to complete in-residence workshop requirements while concurrently enrolled in other coursework. Instructors are made aware of any students who are attending an in-residence workshop.

Two to five hours of total pre- and post-workshop assignments may be required.

Students are responsible for personal travel arrangements and associated expenses. Travel expenses are not included in tuition and fees.
No materials need to be purchased prior to the workshop. You will find helpful handouts and resources in the online classroom before or during the in-person workshop.

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 or contact your Academic Advisor for more information on how to apply for a virtual In-Residence Workshop.

A laptop is recommended but not required during the workshop. Wi-Fi and power outlets are available in the classrooms.

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.
Business casual attire is recommended.

This interactive workshop contributes to students’ commitment toward lifelong learning. As practitioners, leaders, and scholars, students will engage in self-awareness and learn to become active participants in supporting their personal, professional, and academic goals. Students will consider what it means to be a participant of a scholarly community, and how becoming a scholar-practitioner can impact their professional community and future goals. Students will engage in the scholarly skills of writing, critical thinking, and research as they learn how to explore topics within their own discipline. Students will formulate questions and provide structured responses, discuss the results and impact of data, recognize the need and scope of research problems, and search for scholarly articles and documents. The dissertation and ADP processes will be introduced as students will connect their doctoral research project preparation to the rest of their scholarly journey. Over this important weekend, you will explore and refine your research ideas so you will come away with a specific research topic and potential method and design to use in your study. You will have the opportunity to learn research best practices and to better understand the doctoral study journey at Ashford University. For more information, please visit: https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/college-of-doctoral-studies/in-residence-requirements.

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
Workshops are held at the Ashford University campus located at 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego, CA 92123.

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