2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) 
    
    Aug 10, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (March 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Social Work


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The PhD in Social Work program is designed to prepare experienced social work professionals as leaders, researchers, educators, and supervisors in the field. This program offers students an opportunity to engage in a core body of social work knowledge and processes that focus on the history and development of the profession, contemporary issues in social work, advanced social work theory and practice, program planning and evaluation, and research methods leading to a dissertation experience designed to prepare students for their roles as leaders and advocates for social change in the field.

Learning Outcomes


Graduates of this program are able to:

  1. Utilize current research, best practices, and theory to promote prevention and intervention strategies that address social problems and needs of oppressed and marginalized social groups.
  2. Employ various research and statistical tools to create data to address the etiology and dynamics of social problems and social needs.
  3. Evaluate the role of research and evaluation in social work in improving social interventions and advancing theory development.
  4. Critically evaluate the history of social work, its mission, and its core values.
  5. Promote social change by collaborating with leaders, agencies, and universities to advocate for policies and programs that advance the economic and social well-being of culturally diverse clientele.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to assess the role of diversity in characterizing and shaping the human experience.
  7. Apply ethical decision making and practices in social work.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Research Courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


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

Foundation Research Courses (15 cr.)


Courses comprising the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8210 and RSCH 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


All 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; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:  

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.
  • Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • 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.

Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

  

 3 cr.

  

 5 cr.

  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.  

2

  

 5 cr.

  

 5 cr.

3

SOCW xxxx - Specialization Course 1

 5 cr.

  

 5 cr.

4

  

 5 cr.

  

 5 cr.

  Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.  

5

SOCW xxxx - Specialization Course 2

 5 cr.

  

 5 cr.

  Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.  

6

SOCW xxxx - Specialization Course 3

 5 cr.

Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:

  • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
 

Choose one:

 5 cr.

    

7+

Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  

 

5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4terms; taken continuously until completion*

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

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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 (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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