2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Management

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Walden’s PhD in Management, formerly the PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, is one of the few PhD programs in management offered online. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of management and its influence on the development of individuals and society. Students will conduct original research in a specific area of interest as they have the opportunity to learn theories, concepts, and techniques that provide the foundation for sound management decision making. Students will help prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities in their profession and their organization; study ways to facilitate positive social change; and help enhance their capabilities as a researcher, scholar, manager, or consultant.

The curriculum for the PhD in Management offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of management. Students may choose a specialization that fits a personal and/or career objective.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Articulate the evolution of the field of management and its relationship to human and societal development.
  2. Analyze various theories, concepts, and tools that seek to explain and provide the basis for management decision making.
  3. Evaluate management and systems-thinking principles at the core of the design and evolution of organizational and social systems.
  4. Appraise the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management theories and practices from an interdisciplinary and social-change perspective.
  5. Assess identified gaps in the current research literature in the field of management and in their chosen areas of specialization.
  6. Design efficacious and ethical research that addresses identified gaps in the body of knowledge in management and related sub-fields.
  7. Advance the body of knowledge through original research in the field of management and chosen areas of specialization via the application of a variety of appropriate methodology, design, and analysis methods.
  8. Communicate effectively to academic and general stakeholders the results of original research that advance the field of knowledge in management and chosen specializations and contribute to positive social change.


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements

  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Doctoral mentoring (0 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies


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

Course Sequence

The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.

Doctoral Writing Assessement

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.


Walden University’s PhD in Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading, specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe

Students have 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the PhD in Management 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.

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