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Waldens 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 Social Policy Analysis and Planning specialization?
The Social Policy Analysis and Planning specialization trains specialists to identify specific community needs and ensure that issues affecting the welfare of communities are addressed and solutions are implemented through careful planning. Learn to analyse existing policy and investigate the key economic and legal factors that influence decision-making. Find out how to successfully collaborate with legislators, lobbyists, and others to create informed policy and sustainable change.
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
- 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.
Waldens 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 Waldens 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 RequirementsIELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79
No work experience is required.
Three years of related professional or academic experience.
Technological RequirementsAccess 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 leadersall professionals who are dedicated to upholding the universitys high academic standards.
Walden Universitys 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 valuesquality, integrity, and student-centred approachare 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.