Military Families and Culture Specialization - PhD in Human Services

Military Families and Culture

Members of the armed forces face a variety of challenges, both during their service and after they have fulfilled their duties. In this specialization, you’ll explore the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma and learn about the emotional impact of parent-child separation, frequent family relocations, extensive deployments, and other issues experienced by military families. You can gain the knowledge and insights needed to address the unique needs of military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones as they deal with the challenges inherent in military life.

Completion Requirements

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

The Advanced Customized option gives you a unique way to meet the coursework requirements in this specialization. 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
Walden offers a shortened program of study for those with prior education in a related discipline. If you have a master’s degree in human services, counseling, social work, or psychology, we will apply 25 credits toward your doctoral program when you select the Military Families and Culture specialization.* Learn more about this accelerated program.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. 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 1-866-492-5336.


*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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