2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020) 
    Oct 02, 2022  
2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Policies

Return to: Section 4. Academic Calendar, Admission, and Enrollment  

Walden University has a long-standing commitment to providing educational opportunities to a diverse group of learners. Walden’s programs are enriched by the cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds of its students and instructors. In the admissions process, the university selects individuals who can benefit from a distributed educational or online learning approach and who will use their Walden education to contribute to their academic or professional communities.

The university’s faculty and administration develop, approve, and ensure the quality and integrity of all policies that guide decisions on admission. These decisions are based on many factors and include the following:

  • Academic record
  • Goal statement (for select master’s and doctoral program candidates only)
  • Relevant work experience

Academic units or degree programs may have admission requirements that must be met in addition to—or in some cases, in lieu of—the university’s admission requirements. Applicants should review both the university’s general admission requirements and the specific academic unit’s or program’s admission requirements.

Misrepresentation of Credentials

Statements made and documents supplied by Walden applicants and students must be complete and accurate. The university will not tolerate any misrepresentation by a student or applicant of past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments. If unexplained discrepancies appear between statements or documents provided to Walden and information obtained otherwise, except in the case of misspellings and other such inadvertent errors, applicants may be rejected for admission and enrolled students may be dismissed.  

Second Graduate Degree

The university will not award a graduate degree with the same major or discipline more than once regardless if the original degree was from Walden or a non-related institution. This includes courses taken toward a different specialization within the degree for which a student was previously awarded. For graduate degrees, two degrees are understood to be the same if they are the same degree or contain a majority of the same core or required courses. An award from a previous non-related institution with the same degree name and major or discipline as the one being sought at Walden is presumed to be the same degree. Appeals for exceptions to this policy must demonstrate that the first degree differs significantly in the core or required curricula from the second degree being sought.

This policy does not apply to certificates.

Dual Degree Exception

Requests for exceptions to this policy will be reviewed by the registrar and the chief academic officer if requirements of the specific profession require a dual degree option in order for graduates to be able to practice in different specializations, there is an industry precedent for dual degree in specific curricula areas, and the curricula within the dual degree meets the guidelines set forth by the programmatic accreditor, if applicable.