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Doctoral Student Orientation: After you are admitted, you receive access to an online orientation to familiarize yourself with the student services at APUS and the academic expectations for doctoral students. This orientation is to be completed prior to attending the first residency.

Richard G. Trefry Library: The Trefry Library offers extensive access to online databases, books, open access resources, and research guides. Librarians are available to provide personalized research assistance.

Communities and Writing Groups: Within your cohort, you are strongly encouraged to form interest communities and writing groups to motivate each other and provide accountability during the dissertation process. Faculty advisors contribute to these groups and facilitate writing groups as requested.

Professional Development: Doctoral colloquia allow you and faculty to showcase their work. Informal brownbag discussions provide a venue to discuss program requirements and brainstorm ideas together. You are encouraged to attend professional events, such as conferences organized by the Policy Studies Organization, which has an affiliation with APUS, American Council on Education (ACE), and other discipline specific conferences. Professional engagement and service to the profession are expected of you and post-doctoral professionals.

Institutional Review Board: The Institutional Review Board assists researchers in conducting research ethically and protecting human subjects during a research project. If you plan to complete a research project with human subjects, you should become familiar with the IRB website and process before submitting a proposal.

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