Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.
With the Health and Human Development specialization, you’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between health, health behavior, and human development. You’ll learn to apply the latest theories and research in developmental psychology to real-world situations in the healthcare industry or within human and social services. You have the option of choosing courses in an area that interests you, such as child and adolescent health, women’s health, or geriatric health.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 110 quarter credits
- Core courses (75 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
- PhD residencies (4 four-day sessions)
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 844-768-0629.
*DPSY 8111 Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology, DPSY 8215 Lifespan Development, DPSY 8245 Social Psychology, DPSY 8701 Culture and Psychology, RSCH 8110 Research Theory, Design, and Methods, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
**Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.