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    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 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.

    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.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    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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