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

Social Policy and Analysis and Planning - 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.

 

Creating sustainable social change requires knowing how to work effectively with legislators, lobbyists, and other stakeholders in a challenging public and political arena. In the Social Policy and Analysis and Planning specialization, students can learn the strategies used to shape and implement public policy today. They will study how they can impact the legislation that governs society, including legislation related to healthcare, hate crimes, and the environment. Students’ dissertations will focus on an issue related to shaping social policy.

Graduates in this specialization will be prepared for roles such as policy advisor to municipal and state governments; policy analyst for nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and government organizations; and consultant to NGOs on policy implementation and social services delivery at local levels.*

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

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.
    
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.