Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work / Addictions & Social Work
Walden University

Program Details

Walden University offers a specialization in Addictions and Social Work within its PhD in Social Work degree program. Graduates will be prepared to advance their research or teach college-level students about effective prevention and consultation strategies for addictions.

This online Substance Abuse Counseling degree examines the psychology of addiction and the different types of interventions available to individuals and families. Types of addictions explored in this online Social Work degree include substance abuse, excessive gambling, hoarding, and self-harm. In addition to traditional classes, students will undertake a doctoral capstone project and four PhD residencies.

The curriculum includes studies of:

  • Social change in action – prevention, consultation, and advocacy
  • Treatment of addictions
  • Contemporary issues, social change, and social policy
  • Advanced social work theory and practice

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island