PhD in Human & Social Services / Military Families & Culture
Walden University

Program Details

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 Military Families & Culture specialization, you’ll explore the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma and learn about the emotional impact of parent-child separation, frequent family relocations, extensive deployments, and other issues experienced by military families. You can gain the knowledge and insights needed to address the unique needs of military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones as they deal with the challenges inherent in military life.

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.

Requirements

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