Human Services (Clinical Social Work)

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Be prepared to address the needs of diverse and underserved populations, including individuals struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty.

Walden’s Ph.D. in Human Services combines action-oriented research with practical experience. Get connected with an entire community of professionals who will help you improve the quality of life and change the world of others through effective and relevant practice.

In addition to the general program, choose from a variety of courses in clinical studies, child and family services, criminal justice, and other topics to align your studies with your personal interests and professional goals.


  • Clinical Social Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Family Studies and Intervention Strategies
  • Human Services Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Policy Analysis and Planning

Why choose the Clinical Social Work specialization?

The Clinical Social Work specialization advances your knowledge of social work theory, policy, and practice. Design and implement effective policies that provide culturally and contextually relevant services to diverse populations in need. Gain leadership skills and valuable experience conducting research from various perspectives while keeping practicing standards in your field. In addition to clinical applications, the Clinical Social Work specialization also focuses on outreach and advocacy practices.

Study outcomes

  • Analyse and evaluate theories, models, historical foundations, and concepts to the profession of human services.
  • Apply ethical, social, multicultural, diversity, and political considerations to professional practice.
  • Evaluate and apply published qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods research.
  • Apply research to investigate problems in human services practice.
  • Apply social change theories to human services practice and research.
  • Apply human development theories in human services research and practice.
  • Apply social systems and organizational theories to human services research and practice.
  • Career options

    Work in a variety of roles providing direct services to individuals, families, or communities or providing leadership to agencies and programs. The Ph.D. in Human Services can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:

    • Human services professional
    • Agency coordinator
    • Foster care counsellor
    • Family services specialist
    • Development director
    • Assistance program director
    • Medical and health services manager
    • Social and community service manager
    • Emergency management manager
    • Community and social service specialist


    Completion Requirements

    • 112 total quarter credits
      • Foundation course (1 cr.)
      • Core courses (60 cr.)
      • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
      • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
      • Advanced Research (4 cr.)
      • Dissertation (20 cr.)
    • Professional Development Plan
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


    Walden’s Ph.D. program features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with real-world experience who share a commitment to teaching. Faculty members blend academic theory with first-hand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices in the field.


    Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

    • Official transcript(s)
    • A master degree or higher
    • Applicable test scores
    • Completed online application
    • Employment history
    • List of transfer credits

    Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

    Applicants who do not have graduated yet at the time of the application deadline, but who expect to graduate before the beginning of the program, can also apply for admission subject to timely graduation.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Three years of related professional or academic experience.

    Technological Requirements

    Access to a computer and the Internet



    At Walden, our goal is to help you reach yours. From your first inquiry about your online program, through every step in your studies, you can benefit from our wide range of student support services designed to help you succeed in attaining your degree online.

    Founded in 1970, Walden University is a global leader in student-centred online education. A regionally accredited institution in the United States, Walden University attracts a community of extraordinary students and faculty from around the world.

    Our quality online programs feature nationally recognized experts, accomplished faculty, and visionary leaders—all professionals who are dedicated to upholding the university’s high academic standards.


    Walden University’s mission is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change. Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centred approach—are at the core of the university. A commitment to these values demands high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students.


    Accreditation is an important hallmark of quality. When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degrees from accredited universities.

    Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.

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