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Walden University's Ph.D. in Psychology program combines rigorous academics and original research so that you can build the skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of a diverse world. This program follows a scholar-practitioner model that encourages you to integrate scholarly research with your practical expertise. Taught by respected researchers and experts in the field, courses in this online doctoral program will prepare you to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, non-profit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.
Choose from specializations that are designed to meet your individual needs and interests.
- Clinical Psychology
- Counseling Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Organizational Psychology
- Social Psychology
Why choose the Clinical Psychology specialization?
The Clinical Psychology specialization prepares you for independent psychological. Learn to diagnose, assess, and provide interventions for a wide array of emotional and behavioral disorders. Train to work as a practitioner, researcher, or consultant with multidisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, community mental health centres, and group or private practice settings. Address problems of individuals dealing with mental illness and experiencing problems coping with life issues. Work within diverse populations and provide services based on empirical evidence, and taking into consideration the cultural context.
Note on Licensure
Walden University offers some Ph.D. in Psychology specializations that lead to professional licensure and others that do not. Contact an enrollment advisor for assistance in evaluating whether your chosen specialization can lead to professional licensure in your state.
Depending on their chosen specialization students will be able to:
- Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology and their impact on the human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
- Present and understand the history of psychology in the chosen specialization.
- Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of treatments.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing models of psychotherapy, counselling, consultation, or supervision.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality assessment skills.
- Develop relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.
- Engage in personal self-assessment to examine their feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding their own and others world-view.
- Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes.
- Demonstrate awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events affect human psychology.
Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your chosen specialization, may include:
- Director of career services
- Staff psychologist
- Political strategist
- Marketing director
- Human resources manager
- 106 total quarter credits
- Courses (71 cr.)
- Elective courses (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (20 cr.)
- Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)
Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
AudienceThe educational and life goals of the students in Waldens graduate and undergraduate programs are as diverse and unique as the students themselves. Our students are committed to pursuing an education that can open doors to personal and professional achievement.
LecturersWaldens world-class faculty members enrich the online universitys learning community with their wide range of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. They are gifted instructors and expert mentors who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. As active participants in your learning, our faculty is eager to help you succeed.
Admission requirements for Waldens programs vary but generally include the following:
- Official transcript(s)
- Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
- A masters 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 or a comparable university degree in Psychology in which sufficient research training has been completed to pursue doctoral training. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.
Excellent grades are expected. 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
At least 3 year(s) of 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.