2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) 
    
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2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Progress Benchmarks (Chart)


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Minimum Academic Progress Benchmarks and GPA Requirements

   
Program Benchmarks for Advancement Toward Degree Completion Minimum GPA
Bachelor’s programs
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
  • Maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.0 in classes taken at the university
2.0
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
2.0
Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Project Management
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Developmental Education
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Public Policy
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Teaching K–12 Students Online
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching for Adult Educators
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Professional Development
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Science, Grades K–8
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Special Education
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements

3.0

 

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Teacher preparation program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

These transition points are specific times when candidates must meet certain teacher preparation program requirements and professional standards set by the Minnesota Board of Teaching in order to be recommended for licensure in Minnesota. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

A full description of the transition points may be found in the Candidate Guidebook. 

Transition Point One—program admission   

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Proof of liability insurance
  4. Preparation for licensure: Submission of completed Preferred Placement Site form   

 Transition Point Three

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  4. Submission of completed “Host Teacher Evaluation”
  5. No unresolved professional disposition concerns
  6. Successful completion of field experience
        Semester 2 = 22.5 hours (minimum)
        Semester 3 = 22.5 hours (minimum)
  7. Completed Demonstration Teaching application

Transition Point Four

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  4. No unresolved professional disposition concerns
  5. Successful completion of Demonstration Teaching with a grade of C or better
  6. All candidates admitted January 2010 and beyond must have a passing score on Walden University’s adopted exam for content knowledge: Praxis II. 

3.0

Special education endorsement program with an optional M.S. in Education with a specialization in Special Education

These transition points are specific times when candidates must meet certain program and state of Minnesota requirements in order to be recommended for endorsement. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

A full description of the transition points may be found in the Candidate Guidebook. 

Transition Point One—program admission

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two

  1. Program GPA of 2.75 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  4. Proof of liability insurance
  5. Preparation for licensure: Submission of completed Preferred Placement Site form
  6. Submission of completed “Host Teacher Evaluation”        
        Semester 1
        Semester 2
  7. No unresolved professional disposition concerns
  8. Successful completion of field experience
        Semester 1 = 15 hours (minimum)
        Semester 2 = 15 hours (minimum)
  9.  Completed Clinical Practicum application submitted by the 16th week of first semester

Transition Point Three

  1. Program GPA of 2.75 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  4. No unresolved professional disposition concerns
  5. Successful completion of Clinical Practicum with a grade of C or higher
  6. All candidates admitted May 2010 and beyond must have a passing score on Walden University’s adopted exam for content knowledge: Praxis II.
  7. Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (0543), minimum score required is 153.

Transition Point Four—only applicable for those candidates enrolled in M.S. in Education option:

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale 

2.75

Note: To be admitted to Walden University’s M.S. in Education with a specialization in Special Education, the cumulative GPA throughout the endorsement program must be 3.0 or better.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology with specializations in Instructional Design; Training and Performance Improvement; and Online Learning
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0
Master’s programs
  • 3–8 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
Master of Clinical Psychology
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
Master of Public Policy
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Accounting and Management, M.S. in Management
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
M.S. in Career Counseling
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management
  • 3–6 courses per year of enrollment
3.0

M.S. in Education

M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology

M.S. in Higher Education

M.S. in Early Childhood Studies

M.S. in Adult Learning

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor students’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Transition Point One—program admission  

  1. Admission requirements met 

Transition Point Two—completed after the fourth course  

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale 

Transition Point Three—completed after the eighth course 

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale 

Transition Point Four—completed after the last course   

  1. Successful completion of all course requirements
  2. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale 
  4. Successful completion of ePortfolio
3.0
M.S. in Education with a specialization in Leadership
  • 3–6 courses per year
3.0
M.S. in Human Resource Management
  • 3-6 courses per year
3.0
M.S. in Information Systems
  • 3-6 courses per year
3.0
M.S. in Information Technology
  • 3-6 courses per year
3.0
Post-Master’s certificates
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements
3.0

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Adult Education; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in College Teaching and Learning; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Special Education; Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Teacher Leadership

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.  

These transition points are applicable for candidates admitted in May 2010 and beyond.  

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Below is a summary of the transition points for this program. A full description of the transition points may be found in the candidate’s program-specific handbook.

Transition Point One—program admission  

  1. Admission requirements met 

Transition Point Two—completed after the fifth course  

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of Foundations course
  3. Rubric score of 4 or higher on a 6-point scale on the writing assessment
  4. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments

Transition Point Three—completed after the last course 

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments 
3.0
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership for Social Change in Education

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

These transition points are applicable for candidates admitted in June 2010 and beyond.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Below is a summary of the transition points for this program. A full description of the transition points may be found in the candidate’s program-specific handbook.

Transition Point One—program admission

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two—completed after the sixth course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of Foundations course
  3. Rubric score of 4 or higher on a 6-point scale on the writing assessment
  4. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments

Transition Point Three—completed after the ninth course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments

Transition Point Four—completed after the last course

  1. Successful completion of all course requirements
  2. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
 
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation) Program

These transition points are specific times when candidates must meet certain principal preparation program requirements and professional standards set by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators in order to be recommended for licensure. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

A full description of the transition points may be found in the Candidate Handbook.

Transition Point One—program admission

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two—completed after the seventh course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Preparation for licensure: Submission of completed Preferred Placement Site form
  4. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  5. Proof of liability insurance
  6. Residency One: Candidates must complete first residency by the end of the fifth course (EDUC 7203)

Transition Point Three—completed after the ninth course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3 on a 5-point scale
  4. Successful completion of field experience, 320 hours across three levels (elementary, middle, high school)
    •    One 240-hour placement
    •    Two 40-hour placements
  5. Residency Two: Candidates must complete second residency by the end of the ninth course (EDUC 7207) 

Transition Point Four—completed after the 10th course

  1. Successful completion of all course requirements
  2. Successful completion of major assessments with the minimum score of 3.0 on a 5-point scale
  3. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  4. Exit evaluation presentation completed
  5. All candidates must have a passing score on Walden University’s adopted exam for content knowledge: School Leadership Licensure Assessment. 
3.0
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

These transition points are applicable for candidates admitted in June 2010 and beyond.

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Below is a summary of the transition points for this program. A full description of the transition points may be found in the candidate’s program-specific handbook.

Transition Point One—program admission

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two—completed after the seventh course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of Foundations course
  3. Rubric score of 4 or higher on a 6-point scale on the writing assessment
  4. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments

Transition Point Three—completed after the 10th course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments

Transition Point Four—completed after the last course

  1. Successful completion of all course requirements
  2. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments   
3.0
Ed.D. with specializations in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning; Adult Education; College Teaching and Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Higher Education Leadership; Reading and Literacy Leadership; Special Education; Teacher Leadership

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

These transition points are applicable for candidates admitted in May 2010 and beyond. 

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.

Below is a summary of the transition points for this program. A full description of the transition points may be found in the candidate’s program-specific handbook.  

Transition Point One—program admission  

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two—completed after the sixth course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of Foundations course
  3. Rubric score of 4 or higher on a 6-point scale on the writing assessment
  4. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
  5. Completion of residency by end of year 2
  6. Completion of the Ed.D. Doctoral Study Chair Assignment Form for doctoral chair and committee assignment

 Transition Point Three—completed after the eighth course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of coursework
  3. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
  4. Completed prospectus with score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  5. Consensus on the proposal rubric by the committee for the projects study with a score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  6. Approved URR rubric for proposal with a score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  7. Completion of proposal oral
  8. Completion of IRB training and certification
  9. IRB approval

Transition Point Four—completed after the last course

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
  3. Consensus on the final rubric by the committee for the project study with a score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  4. Approved URR rubric for final project study with a rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  5. Approved Form & Style review following completion by the candidate of any required revisions
  6. Completion of final oral defense
  7. Final URR approval following completion by the candidate of any required revisions
  8. Abstract approved by the Chief Academic Officer following completion by the candidate of any required revisions
  9. Candidate submits project study for approval to publish

 

3.0
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Foundation course (DDBA 8005) within first semester of enrollment
  • First residency within 90 calendar days of completion of DDBA 8005
  • Second residency attended within 90 calendar days of completion of the specialization sequence
  • 8 total units of residency required
  • Completion of coursework and doctoral study according to course sequence and individual course requirements
3.0
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • A minimum of 3 courses per year of enrollment
3.0
KAM-based Ph.D. programs (except Ph.D. in Education)
  • Foundation course (AMDS 8008, HLTH 8008, or HUMN 8008) within first quarter of enrollment
  • Milestone 1 residency within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • First KAM within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course, then one KAM per remaining year of enrollment
  • RSCH 8100 in second quarter of enrollment in program. Prerequisite for RSCH 8100 is successful completion of Foundation course
  • Milestone 2 residency linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8100
3.0
KAM-/course-based Ph.D. programs (except Ph.D. in Education)
  • Foundation course (AMDS 8008, HLTH 8008, or PPPA 8008) within first quarter of enrollment
  • Milestone 1 residency within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • RSCH 8100 in second quarter of enrollment in program. Prerequisite for RSCH 8100 is successful completion of Foundation course
  • First KAM within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course, then one KAM per remaining year of enrollment (applies to the Ph.D. in Education, Ph.D. in Health Services’ Community Health Promotion and Education specialization, and Ph.D. in Human Services
  • Milestone 2 residency linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8100
3.0
Course-based Ph.D. programs (except Ph.D. in Education)
  • Foundation course (COUN 8001, HUMN 8000, PPPA 8000, PSYC 8000, or PUBH 8101) within first quarter of enrollment
  • Milestone 1 residency within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
  • 5 credit-bearing courses per year of enrollment
  • Milestone 2 residency linked to enrollment in or completion of RSCH 8100
3.0
Ph.D. in Education (all specializations)

These transition points described below are specific times when candidates must meet certain program requirements. In addition, candidates must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards set by Walden University.

These transition points are applicable for candidates admitted December 2010 and beyond (September 2010 and beyond for Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Leadership, Policy, and Change). 

It is the responsibility of candidates to manage their own progress through these transition points. Candidates should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point for help and support. Candidates are expected to meet the requirements specified for each transition point in the program as described in the summary below. The transition point requirements are cumulative; that is, candidates must complete all requirements in one transition point before being eligible to move on to the next transition point. Faculty members in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership will monitor candidates’ academic progress on a regular basis to make sure they are making progress toward their program requirements and degree completion.
 

Below is a summary of transition points for this program.

Transition Point One—program admission  

  1. Admission requirements met

Transition Point Two

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of foundations course and RSCH 8100
  3. Rubric score of 4 or higher on a 6-point scale on the writing assessment
  4. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
  5. Completion of residency 1 by end of year 1

 Transition Point Three

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the major assessments
  3. Completion of residencies 2, 3, and 4 by end of year 4
  4. Successful completion of the remaining core research courses (RSCH 8200 and RSCH 8300).
  5. Successful completion of core courses and/or core KAMs

 Transition Point Four  

  1. Program GPA of 3.0 or better
  2. Successful completion of the specialized KAMS or courses
  3. Successful completion of the advanced research course
  4. Approved prospectus with a rubric score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  5. Completion of proposal oral with a score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale
  6. IRB approval of proposal
  7. Approved Form and Style review 
  8. Oral defense of dissertation with a score of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale
  9. Final URR approval
  10. Abstract approved by the chief academic officer
  11. Successful completion of Dissertation


 

3.0
Post-Doctoral Bridge Certificates
  • Continuous enrollment expected until the completion of all course requirements

3.0

 

First-Year Ph.D. Academic Benchmarks and Progress Standards

KAM-Based Ph.D. Programs

Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
Foundation course: AMDS 8008, EDUC 8008, HLTH 8008, HUMN 8008 Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Initial Learning Agreement Within first quarter of enrollment
Completion of Milestone 1 residency requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
RSCH 8100 Research Theory, Design, and Methods (4 cr.) In second quarter of enrollment in program
Initial KAM Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course

KAM/Course-Based Ph.D. Programs/Specializations

Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
Foundation course: AMDS 8008, EDUC 8008, HLTH 8008, or PPPA 8008 Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Initial Learning Agreement in programs requiring AMDS 8008, PPPA 8008, or HLTH 8008. Within second quarter of enrollment
Completion of Milestone 1 residency requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
RSCH 8100 Research Theory, Design, and Methods (4 cr.) In second quarter of enrollment in program
Initial KAM (applies to the Ph.D. in Education, Ph.D. in Health Services’ Community Health Promotion and Education specialization, and Ph.D. in Human Services) Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of completion of Foundation course

Course-Based Ph.D. Programs

Academic Progress Benchmark Timeline
Foundation course (HUMN 8000, PPPA 8000, PSYC 8000, or PUBH 8101) within first quarter of enrollment Within first quarter of enrollment
Professional Development Plan/program of study Within first quarter of enrollment
Completion of Milestone 1 residency requirement Within 90 calendar days of completion of Foundation course
Successful completion of 5 credit-bearing Walden courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher Within 1 year (4 full quarters) of enrollment