Social Policy Analysis and Planning Specialization - Ph.D. in Human Services

Social Policy Analysis and Planning

Impact and inform public policy and advance the greater good by identifying community needs and working with key stakeholders on issues affecting the health and welfare of a community. Study how to analyze existing policy and investigate the key economic and legal factors that influence decision making. Explore strategies behind successfully collaborating and coordinating with legislators, lobbyists, and others to create informed policy and sustainable change.

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 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 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 Social Policy Analysis and Planning specialization. * Learn more about this accelerated program.

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



*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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