Doctoral Symposium and Attendance

Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Management, and Doctor of Computer Science students, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students are required to attend a residential symposium event two times during their enrollment in the program.

DBA, DM, and DCS students will have a 2-credit Doctoral Symposium course scheduled during each of the terms in which the student attends a required symposium event.  SYMP801 will be scheduled to align with the student's first symposium, while SYMP802 will be scheduled to align with the student's second symposium.

The symposium events are scheduled four times throughout the year.  New doctoral students will attend their first symposium event according to the following schedule:

Academic Term
Symposium Date
 January Start
 February Start
 April Start
 May Start
 July Start
 August Start
 October Start
 November Start

All doctoral students attending their first symposium event will be required to attend an additional CTU student orientation the day prior to the residential symposium.

DBA, DM, and DCS students will attend their second symposium event during their second or third year of study.  The student's doctoral coordinator will provide guidance as to the best timing to attend the second symposium given the progress made in the student's program.  DNP students will attend their second symposium event in the last quarter of the program. 

Symposium Attendance:
Attendance for the required doctoral symposium events is defined as 100% attendance on each day throughout the event.

If a DBA, DM, or DCS student is registered in the SYMP801 or SYMP802 course and does not attend the scheduled symposium event and/or does not meet attendance requirements at the event, the student will receive a grade of non-passing, unless the student formally withdraws from the course.  Students will then be registered into SYPM801 or SYMP802 in the subsequent quarter.  Students who meet the symposium event attendance requirements but do not pass SYMP801 or SYMP802 are not required to re-attend the symposium event.