Earning your PhD in Human Services can prepare you to address the needs of diverse and underserved populations, including those struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty.

This program combines action-oriented research with practical experience and connects you with a community of professionals so that you may improve the quality of life and change the world of others through effective policy and practice.

You are eligible to enroll in the PhD in Human Services program with either a master’s or bachelor’s degree. Students enrolling with a bachelor’s degree can also earn an MS in Human Services as they work toward their doctorate. Students entering the program with a master’s degree may be able to transfer previously earned credits into this doctoral program.

Check with one of our enrollment advisors for details—and start changing your world.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Scholar of Change

    Carol Zoffinger

    “We are changing generations to come,” says Carol Zoffinger, PhD in Human Services Student. Watch her story.

  • Getting Recognition for Your Research

    Tony Cappello, Ph.D.A Walden PhD in Public Health graduate offers advice about how doctoral students can gain more exposure for their research.

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  • Speak With Our Faculty

    Talk directly to School of Counseling faculty about what it’s like to earn your degree at Walden.

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  • Tau Upsilon Alpha

    Learn about the Walden chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha, the national human services honor society that recognizes students for their integrity, academic excellence, and dedication to empowering people through education and service.

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  • How Do I Choose the Right Degree?

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