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 General Program, you can explore social change theories so that you can inform best practices in the profession. You develop a deeper understanding of the roles of human service professionals and prepare to move into a leadership position within your organization or nonprofit.
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