StudyQA — PhD: Human Services (Family Studies and Intervention Strategies) — Walden University


Human Services (Family Studies and Intervention Strategies)

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Make a positive impact in your community and your organization as you explore strategies to help those struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty. Walden Universitys Ph.D. in Human Services offers a large number of specializations that are designed to meet your needs and interests. Learn how effective policy and practice can improve the quality of life for underserved populations. Through original research, you can explore the theories, concepts, and strategies that are influential in the field today.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

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


The Family Studies and Intervention Strategies specialization provides students with an understanding of the utilization of advanced clinical theory and research methodology within a unique, client-centered ecological context. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, which emphasize the special needs of ethnic and racial minorities, gay and lesbian individuals, and single-parent and low-income families. Graduates are particularly skilled at developing multimodal therapeutic approaches and recognizing special treatment considerations within a diverse client delivery system.

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.


A master’s degree or higher*. Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts.

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

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