Jan 21, 2021
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The ACBSP-accredited online PhD in Management degree from Walden University takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of management and its influence on the development of individuals and society. Students conduct original research in a specific area of interest as they focus on current management research problems and connect their research to implications for positive social change. Students may choose a specialization that fits a personal or career objective or design an individualized specialization. PhD in Management students explore the challenges and opportunities in their profession and within today’s organizations. Aligning with Walden’s mission of positive social change, students also study ways to facilitate positive social change through original research in management, ethical decision making and theoretical challenges to enhance their capabilities as researchers, scholars, managers, teachers, or consultants.
- Evaluate the evolution of the field of management and organizations and its influence on human and societal development.
- Analyze key theories, concepts, and tools as they relate to the functioning of leadership and organizations.
- Evaluate management and systems thinking principles that have influenced the development of organizations and societal systems.
- Evaluate the relevance of seminal, current and emerging management and organizational change theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Demonstrate the skills needed to conduct research that contributes to positive social change.
Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.
- Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
- Core courses (20 cr.)
- Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
- Completion of Doctoral Capstone
- Dissertation Preparation courses (9 cr.)
- Dissertation writing course (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
- Four residencies
Specializations Courses (15 cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)
PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.
One of the following three courses is required:
Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
Dissertation Preparation Courses (9 cr.)
- Residency 1 - Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8003M.
- Residency 2 - Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310).
- Residency 3 - Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system
- Residency 4 - Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
- a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
- an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
- a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during MGMT 9000M in the dissertation writing phase to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register. Contact Academic Advising to register.
- Optional: Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during MGMT 9000M. Contact Academic Advising to register.
*Students take this course for a minimum of four 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.
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.
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.
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.
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