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

Program Details

Learn how to help individuals in need access services in their community with the Community and Social Services concentration of Walden University’s PhD in Human and Social Services. Graduates will be prepared for non-licensure positions within community social services organizations.

Students will learn how to identify the needs of individuals and families to determine appropriate care. Classwork examines the theoretical, ethical, social, political, and cultural factors influencing social services programs. 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.

Classes available to students within this major include:

  • Advanced social work theory and practice
  • Social change in action – prevention, consultation, and advocacy
  • Resource 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)

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

Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota