Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services / Family Studies & Intervention
Walden University

Program Details

Walden University offers a PhD in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Family Studies and Intervention. The program examines advanced clinical theory and research methodology with a client-centered focus.

The curriculum emphasizes the diverse needs of ethnic and racial minorities; the LGBTQ community; and single-parent and low-income families. Students will study a broad continuum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, recognizing special treatment considerations. 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. 

Students will study topics including:

  • Human sexuality
  • Community psychology
  • Theories and techniques in marriage, couple, and family counseling
  • 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