In programs that are focused on practice instead of research, your coursework will culminate with a doctoral study. As with a traditional dissertation, you will do rigorous work that makes an original contribution to your field. However, your focus will be on creating a practical solution.

You will choose a topic that interests you and then create a doctoral study that:

  • Demonstrates your ability to gather, analyze, and report data in a solutions-based context.
  • Provides new knowledge, a new practice, or a new product.
  • Is context-based within an organizational setting and linked to social change.

The doctoral study comprises two components:

  1. The doctoral study project, which culminates in a product
  2. A scholarly paper with four sections:
    • Problem
    • Methodology
    • Project description
    • Reflections

These components demonstrate your competence in research or evaluation design and your command of critical thinking and academic writing.

Learn more about the advantages of enrolling in Walden’s online degree programs. Request information or call 1-866-492-5336 in the United States or see a list of international phone numbers.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Knowledge at Work

    “I learned how to design and carry out evaluations and academic studies to clarify aspects of health services and health administration. This has enabled me to better serve the needs of patients, caregivers, and families.”

    Sally M. Lorbac
    Ph.D. in Health Services Graduate


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