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PhD in Psychology


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“Walden University is the future of higher education.”

David Solot, PhD in Psychology Student

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The university’s mission includes broad access to high-quality postsecondary education through a distance-learning environment and preparation of its graduates to achieve professional excellence and to effect positive social change. Consistent with this mission, the PhD in Psychology program is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to meet real-world challenges and facilitate positive change in individuals, groups, organizations, and local, national, and global communities.

Specifically, the program prepares lifelong learners to integrate psychological theory, research, established methods of scientific inquiry, and evidence-based practices that incorporate cultural and individual diversity. The School of Psychology training model encompasses an integrated, developmental, and sequential plan of study that includes web-based and face-to-face coursework; residencies that provide opportunities for knowledge and skill acquisition, ethical practice, and professional socialization; field training; and demonstration of research competency.

Learning Outcomes


As graduates of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  2. Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) to decision making with diverse populations in various settings.
  3. Promote social change through the integration of principles of psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.
  4. Communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  5. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of psychology-specific knowledge and theory to improve the condition of individuals, groups, and organizations.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models for teaching, consultation, and research.
  7. Develop a professional identity appropriate to one’s professional goals.

Specializations


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

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (67 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.; see each specialization for specific courses)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four Residencies

Curriculum


For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 PSYC 8004 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
  PSYC 8252 - Themes and Theories of Psychology   5 cr.
2 PSYC 8215 - Lifespan Development♦   5 cr.
  PSYC 8701 - Culture and Psychology♦   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
  PSYC 8762 - Teaching of Psychology♦   5 cr.
4 RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
5 PSYC 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
6 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  PSYC 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change♦   5 cr.
7 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
8 PSYC 8315 - Program Evaluation♦   5 cr.
  PSYC 8702 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
9 PSYC 8920 - Practicum Research   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10 PSYC 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus   5 cr.
11–14+ PSYC 9000 - Dissertation ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*See each specialization page for specific courses.

**Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 PSYC 8004 - Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
  PSYC 8762 - Teaching of Psychology♦   5 cr.
2 PSYC 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
  Specialization Course 5 cr.
3 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  Specialization Course 5 cr.
4 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  PSYC 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change♦   5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
  PSYC 8315 - Program Evaluation♦   5 cr.
6 PSYC 8702 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
  PSYC 8920 - Practicum Research   5 cr.
7 Specialization Course 5 cr.
  PSYC 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus   5 cr.
8–11+ PSYC 9000 - Dissertation * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later 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.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=155&navoid=51147]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


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