Two teachers realized the struggle for working professionals trying to juggle teaching and the simultaneous pursuit of a higher degree, therefore they took matters into their own hands. Bernie and Rita Turner founded Walden University in 1970 in order to provide an educational opportunity for working adults. The University immediately began to grow and by 1972, Walden conferred seventy degrees, including forty-six Doctorate degrees. Since Walden’s inception, more than 55,000 students have completed their degree and this private for-profit University, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, currently enrolls over 48,000 students nationwide from over 140 countries. With a continued focus on the working professional, Walden’s mission integrates “quality programs,” designed and taught by highly qualified professionals, through “relevant, actionable” methods to establish “lifelong learning.” In addition, faculty are selected based on “academic and industry credentials.”
Walden University gained accreditation in 1990 by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Select programs at Walden are also accredited by the:
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (PMI GAC)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Students can pursue a wide array of degree options from enrollment in a Ph.D program to simply enhancing professional skills by completing a specific class. For instance, prospective school administrators enroll in degree programs that cite current research and partner students with principal mentors to build a foundation that will prepare them for educational leadership. Students pursuing Master’s in Criminal Justice degrees enroll in academic careers that blend “behavior theory along with technology, homeland security, and management skills” in order to ensure their success in law enforcement. Or, students with a Bachelor’s degree may opt to enroll in the accelerated Teacher Preparation Program to facilitate their passion for teaching. And lifelong learning classes allow students with Bachelor’s degrees to update skills at the graduate level without a full commitment to a higher degree.
Choose from more than 80 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs as well as more than 370 specializations and concentrations.
Areas of study include:
- Business & Management
- Criminal Justice & Emergency Management
- Information Technology
- Psychology & Counseling
- Public Health & Health Sciences
- Public Policy & Administration
- Social Work & Human Services
Students pursuing graduate level work may complete academic residencies to foster academic development. And practicums provide hands-on experience for many students as they progress through programs at Walden. In addition, students may need to complete a capstone component that allows students to apply knowledge and skills learned in real-world situations.
Walden provides a supportive and flexible learning environment to accommodate the lifestyles of online students. All students have access to Career Services, the Student Assistance Program, and tutoring, in addition to the Walden Library, and a writing and research center. A 24/7 Technical Assistance desk stands ready to offer support, and a team of advisors mentor students as they enroll in classes, apply for financial aid, and progress through their academic degree program. Walden has also developed the MobileLearn experience which allows busy professionals to access podcast lectures via MP3 players and smartphones. Walden also supports instructional videos through iTunes U and offers ebooks through the bookstore. Walden even provides students with a free Walden app for accessing email and classroom information.
While Walden’s application requirements may vary among programs, applicants will generally need to submit an online application, along with the submission of an employment history, official transcripts, applicable test scores, a list of transfer credits and an application fee. International students may need to submit English proficiency test scores. Walden also reviews transcripts for the acceptance of possible transfer credits, as well as accepting eligible prior work experience.
Tuition rates vary and are program and school specific. In addition, some programs charge tuition by semester hours and others by credit hour. Therefore, it is important that prospective students check with Walden University to determine the tuition and total cost for their desired program. Students should also check to see if Walden University has partnered with your organization/company to provide additional tuition reduction benefits.
Similar to on-campus colleges, Walden participates in multiple financial aid and scholarship programs. Walden is committed to the following financial aid programs for eligible students:
- Federal Financial Aid
- State Grants
- Private Loans
- Higher Education Professional Development Program
- International Student Financial Assistance
- US Military & Veteran Benefits
- Nursing Scholarships
- Monthly Payment Plans
In order to receive aid, all students must meet nine specified criteria, including enrollment as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate, a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen, possessing a high school diploma or GED certificate, satisfactory academic progress, among others.
In addition to grants and loans, Walden provides merit-based scholarships, like the Nurses of the Year Scholarship and Positive Social Change Doctoral Scholarship, based on academic and professional accomplishments. The Dave Palmer Military Scholarship awards an enrolled doctoral student in good academic standing who has served active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least one year. Walden also recognizes the value of research by providing competitive fellowships for research in Educational Leadership, Social Change, and Distance Education.
Walden was cited as a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. The University understands that military students may require greater flexibility due to deployment missions and temporary duty commitments. Walden employs VA-trained support staff to assist in the furthering education pursuit of servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents. Eligible active duty members and military veterans enjoy a ten percent tuition reduction at Walden University. Walden also honors the following benefits:
- The Montgomery GI Bill
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Tuition Assistance
- The Tuition Assistance Top-Up Program
- The VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
- The Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program
In addition, Walden accepts qualifying military credits from DANTES, SMARTS, AARTS, CCAF, eligible accredited U.S. institutional transfers, and qualifying credit from professional associations.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctoral
Adult Age Enrollments:49,605
Percent Admitted:open admission policy
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