At Walden, we base our admission decision on a careful review of your academic background and professional experience. We seek adult learners who can benefit from learning online and are most likely to make significant contributions in their classes and their professions.

Admission to a degree, certificate, or endorsement program is based on a variety of factors, including your:

  • Academic record
  • Goal Statement (Select Master’s and Doctoral Programs Only)
  • Relevant work experience

Doctoral or Specialist Program General Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree or higher*
  • Three years of related professional or academic experience

*Select doctoral programs only require a bachelor’s degree for admission. To learn more, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Master’s Program General Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher

Bachelor’s Program General Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adults who hold a high school diploma (or its equivalent) or for candidates who may have completed college coursework. Transcripts from all previous institutions attended are required. If you have 12 or more college credits (or the equivalent of a full term of college coursework), then you may be considered a transfer student to Walden. You also must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are at least 24 years of age.
  • You are between the ages of 21 and 23 and have at least 12 transferrable college credit hours.
  • You have completed at least 90 college credit hours.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

Note: You may be able to complete your Walden bachelor’s degree sooner by transferring up to 135 credits (with at least 45 credits, including specific courses, completed at Walden). Discuss whether you’re eligible with your enrollment advisor.

Certificate Program General Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 1-866-492-5336 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden enrollment advisor about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 1-866-492-5336 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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