2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    
    Jun 26, 2022  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Social Services - PhD in Human and Social Services


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Image identifying program as in teacoutThis 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.

 

Human services professionals may work with multicultural populations, immigrants, refugees, and transient communities in the U.S. and all over the world. In this specialization, students will develop a global consciousness and cultural awareness to serve various international groups. Through their coursework, students explore cultural differences and strategies for working effectively across a variety of cultural contexts. Students’ dissertations will address an issue in global social services.

With this specialization, graduates will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities in the U.S. or around the world. For example, graduates could work in U.S. agencies that serve immigrants and refugees, or they could work internationally in U.S.-sponsored social services or international specialty agencies abroad.

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 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. 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.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study (For Students Entering With an MS Degree [Track I])


This 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.

 

 

Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. With the Fast-Track Option, students take up to three courses and a dissertation preparatory course to expedite their path through the program.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization or Elective courses (15 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies

Students must also

  • Pass a writing assessment.
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

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

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.

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.