2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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    3 cr.
     5 cr.
2    5 cr.
     5 cr.
3    5 cr.
     5 cr.
4    5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
5    5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
6    5 cr.
     5 cr.
7    5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
8    5 cr.
     2 cr.
9    5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
10    5 cr.
11–14+  ** 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.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this new path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

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 Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation course (5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

In addition, students must

  • Pass a writing assessment
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first term and throughout program for full admission into the fast-track option.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

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.

Course Sequence

The Fast-Track Option course sequences for students entering with a BS degree are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course sequence on each specialization page.

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    3 cr.
     5 cr.
2    5 cr.
  Specialization Course 5 cr.
3    5 cr.
  Specialization Course 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
     5 cr.
5 Specialization Course 5 cr.
     5 cr.
6    2 cr.
     5 cr.
7 Specialization Course 5 cr.
     5 cr.
8–11+  * 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.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study


Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this new path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

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 Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation course (5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

Students must also

  • Pass a writing assessment
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first term and throughout program for full admission into the fast-track option.

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

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.

Course Sequence

The Fast-Track Option course sequences for students entering with an MS degree are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course sequence on each specialization page.

Master of Philosophy (Embedded Degree)


Walden awards the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree to recognize PhD students for academic achievement leading up to their dissertation. With an MPhil, students will be able to demonstrate to employers and others that they have an advanced knowledge base in their field of study as well as proficiency in research design and evaluation.

  • Students are eligible to apply for this credential while continuing their PhD program once they have completed:
    • All required PhD core courses (or KAMs)
    • All required PhD specialization courses (or KAMs)
    • All required doctoral research and advanced research courses
    • Program prospectus development course
    • Residencies 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is mandatory.
  • The MPhil requires a minimum of 45 quarter credits. Maximum transfer of credit toward MPhil requirements is 22 credits.

 Please note that none of the specializations in the Master of Philosophy in Psychology lead to licensure.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Psychology program is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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 up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. 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 Psychology 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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