General Program Specialization - Ph.D. in Human Services

General Program

Create your own learning experience through the General Program. You have the flexibility to design a program that may include courses on criminal justice, clinical studies, or child and family services. Explore the topics that interest you most and that closely match your personal and professional goals. To complete the program, choose any three courses from among the Ph.D. in Human Services degree program’s specialization courses.

Completion Requirements

  • 112 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (60 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)
    • Elective courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

The Advanced Customized option gives you a unique way to meet the coursework requirements in this program. Gain a deeper level of knowledge in your specific area of interest and benefit from an independent, self-directed learning experience under the guidance of a mentor. Learn more.

Accelerated Program for Students With a Master’s Degree in Human Services, Counseling, Social Work, or Psychology.
If you have a master’s degree in human services, counseling, social work, or psychology, we will apply 40 credits toward your doctoral program when you select the General Program. * Learn more about this accelerated program of study.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at


Elective courses may be any 5-credit graduate-level course.

*The number of credits eligible for transfer from a Walden or other accredited university master’s degree may be fewer depending upon the date the master’s degree was completed.

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