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

Higher Education - PhD in Human Services


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In this specialization, students can gain a broad understanding of the current educational environment and explore theories and best practices in adult learning. They will also explore teaching strategies, instructional design, and online delivery methods to lead human services education courses or programs in academic settings around the world.

Graduates of this program are prepared for career opportunities such as course leader in human services, program leader or developer in human services, instructor, adjunct faculty, or full-time faculty.*

*Note: Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Fast-Track Option Program of Study (For Students Entering With a BS Degree [Track II])


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 (45 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
  • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
  • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment until completed and approved)
  • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies

In addition, students must

  • 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 disseration study and it is approved. 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 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


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
Residency  
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
4    5 cr.
Specialization or Elective Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
Residency  
5    5 cr.
Specialization or Elective Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
Residency  
6    5 cr.
Specialization or Elective Course 5 cr.
   1 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
Residency  
7+    5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion

 

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.