2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    
    Jun 27, 2022  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conflict Management and Negotiation - PhD in Human and Social Services


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Image identifying program as in teachoutThis program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

 

There is a growing need for skilled professionals in the areas of negotiation and dispute resolution. The focus of this specialization is on helping students gain the competencies to meet that need for those who interact within organizations, communities, and governments. Students can add to the body of knowledge in the field, explore current theory and best practices, and gain the skills to help negotiate and resolve disputes within communities.

Through some of the coursework in this specialization, students are provided with a basic introduction in dispute resolution. Additional training and practicum is required to qualify for licensure or certification as a mediator in most states.

Students taking this specialization can prepare to resolve disputes in a number of arenas:

  • Community (ombudsmanship)
  • Family (parenting coordination)
  • Criminal justice (restorative justice)
  • Human rights (equal opportunity in the workplace)
  • Education (school discipline)
  • Organizational
  • Military (occupations)
  • Intergovernmental negotiation and peace-making

Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree (Track I)


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2     
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4     
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
5     
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7     
  OR   OR    5 cr.
8–11+   5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; 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.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree (Track II)


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
      
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
      
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
      
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8    5 cr.
   5 cr.
      
9    5 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
10–13+  * 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; 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.

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.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.