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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

PhD in Human and Social Services


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“I believe in Walden’s scholar-practitioner model and appreciate the care, concern, and dedication that Walden offers through enrollment advisors, academic advisors, 24-hour online support and overall responsiveness.”

Sha-Rhonda M. Davis, PhD in Human Services Student

Social service practitioners face an increasingly diverse clientele, as delivery systems and client populations become more multicultural and include a broader range of complex issues. The PhD in Human Services program prepares students to excel within a diverse service-delivery system by equipping them with action-oriented research skills and context-sensitive knowledge for application within unique practice environments.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze theories, models, historical foundations, and conceptual frameworks related to the profession of Human Services through a process of scholarly inquiry.
  2. Appropriately apply ethical, social, multicultural, diversity, and political considerations to scholarly inquiry and professional practice.
  3. Evaluate qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research published in professional journals, textbooks, and other scholarly resources.
  4. Appropriately apply principles of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to research design.
  5. Appropriately apply social change theories to human services practice and research.
  6. Evaluate social systems and organizational theories related to human service research and practice.

Specializations


The Advanced Customized Specialization (15 cr.)  option gives students a unique way to meet specialization requirements. They can gain a deeper level of knowledge in a specific area of interest and benefit from an independent, self-directed learning experience under the guidance of a mentor.

For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Degree Requirements


  • 108 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
  • Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)
  • Elective courses (15 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four residencies

Core Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

OR

Elective Courses (15 cr.)


Students in the General specialization choose any three elective courses from any PhD in Human and Social Services specialization or the specialization courses (5 cr. each for a total of 15 cr.).

Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)


Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8110  must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8210 and RSCH 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


 All PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options.  Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.  
 
 One of the following three courses is required:

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.
  • Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Degree Requirements


  • 83 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization or Elective courses (15 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
  • Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four residencies

Core Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

OR

Elective Courses (15 cr.)


Students in the General specialization choose any three elective courses from any PhD in Human and Social Services specialization or the specialization courses (5 cr. each for a total of 15 cr.).

Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)


Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8210 and RSCH 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


All PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options.  Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.  
 
One of the following three courses is required:

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.
  • Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

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Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the PhD in Human and Social Services program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master’s degree in either human services, counseling, social work, or psychology or (2) hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) or a master’s degree in a non-related field of study (any discipline other than human services, counseling, social work, or psychology).

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