Human and social services professionals are on the frontlines in serving and caring for those who are most vulnerable and in need. Walden’s PhD in Human and Social Services program is designed to help professionals in a broad range of settings—including social services agencies, healthcare agencies, and treatment facilities—develop their leadership and management skills to better support their communities.
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Earn Your PhD With Either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s Degree
If you have earned either a master’s or a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for Walden’s PhD in Human and Social Services program. This program gives you the opportunity to work toward an MS in Human and Social Services while earning your PhD If you have a master’s degree, you may be able to apply credits from that program toward your doctorate in human services.
Specializations (in addition to the General Program)
Community and Social Services
Community Intervention and Leadership
Conflict Management and Negotiation
Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
Family Studies and Intervention Strategies
Global Social Services
Human Services Nonprofit Administration
Mental Health Facilitation
Military Families and Culture
Social Policy and Analysis and Planning
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
Analyze and evaluate theories, models, historical foundations, and conceptual frameworks related to the profession of human services through a process of scholarly inquiry.
Evaluate and apply ethical, social, multicultural, diversity, and political considerations to scholarly inquiry and professional practice.
Evaluate qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods research published in professional journals, textbooks, and other scholarly resources.
Apply principles of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to research design.
Apply qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed-methods research in the investigation of problems or phenomena in human services practice.
Evaluate and apply social change theories to human services practice and research.
Evaluate and apply lifespan human development theories in human services research and practice.
Evaluate and apply social systems and organizational theories to human services research and practice.
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