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PhD in Social Services

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.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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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)

  • Advanced Research
  • Community and Social Services
  • Community Intervention and Leadership
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Family Studies and Intervention Strategies
  • Gerontology
  • Global Social Services
  • Higher Education
  • 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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