Doctor of Philosophy in Human & Social Services / Community Intervention & Leadership
Walden University

Program Details

Create meaningful social change with the skills and knowledge gained from the Community Intervention and Leadership specialization of this PhD in Human and Social Services degree. Graduates will be able to assess community needs to organize, coordinate, promote, and lead initiatives to improve living and working environments.

The program involves advanced research leading to a dissertation to strengthen the student’s knowledge of working with communities. Theories of community psychology related to social change will be applied to real-life scenarios. This online Human Services degree program offers two tracks: Track I is designed for students with a master’s degree related to Human Services; Track II is a pathway for students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an unrelated field.

Topics of study within this major concentration include:

  • Community psychology
  • Social change in action – prevention, consultation, and advocacy
  • Tools for sustainable community development
  • Management and leadership development in human and social services

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)

Applicaton 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