Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services / Military Families & Culture
Walden University

Program Details

Learn to address the unique needs of military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones with the Military Families and Culture specialization of this PhD in Human and Social Services. This program from Walden University prepares students for careers such as a social and community worker for Veterans Affairs or community veterans’ services, a human services program director, or a non-therapeutic counselor.

Classes explore challenges associated with military life. Students will learn about the emotional impact of PTSD and vicarious trauma, parent-child separations, frequent family relocations, and extensive deployments. 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.

The curriculum includes studies of:

  • Trauma, crisis, and stress with military personnel
  • Working with military spouses, families, and children
  • Military culture

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