Walden University offers a PhD in Human & Social Services degree for students looking to be a leader in effecting change and addressing the needs of those struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty. Through the PhD in Human & Social Services program, you can deepen and broaden your ability to help others around the world live more productive, fulfilling, and independent lives. The PhD in Human & Social Services program empowers you to promote positive change through effective policy and practice in a global context. Coursework emphasizes a holistic, interprofessional approach to human and social services, preparing you to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities navigate the social support systems and identify other professionals available to assist them.
In the Community Intervention & Leadership specialization, you will prepare to engage organizations and communities in social change. You will learn to organize, coordinate, promote, and lead efforts in communities to improve living and working conditions and assess community needs. This program emphasizes action research, in which you will develop knowledge about working with communities. You will also describe and apply theories of community psychology in relation to social change.
Students can choose from two different tracks.
Track I is for students who hold a master’s degree from an accredited university in human services, counseling, social work, or psychology.
Track II is a program of study for students who hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from an accredited university or a master’s degree from an accredited university in a non-related field of study (any discipline other than human services, counseling, social work, or psychology). This track provides you with the option of earning your MS in Human Services as you progress toward your PhD.
Students will be required to attend four residencies (Residency 2 may be virtual, Residency 4 may be virtual or a capstone intensive retreat).
Degree completion requires 83 – 108 quarter credits, depending on enrolled track.
- Must have a master's degree or higher
- Completed online application and transcripts
- Materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply
School Accreditation Statement
The Higher Learning Commission