Walden University’s PhD in Education program is a premier doctoral experience for preparing professionals to become leading education researchers, scholars, and practitioners in a variety of settings.

Our knowledgeable faculty, staff, and support team are here to help you navigate every step of your progress through the PhD in Education program. Your initial foundation course and subsequent doctoral support courses prepare you for a successful and rewarding dissertation experience. With 45 years of helping adult learners succeed, we are dedicated to helping you complete your program.

  • Nine specializations—Focus your learning on an area that matches your goals.
  • Research what you’re interested in—Select your own dissertation topic and research something that you are passionate about. Engage in dissertation research that allows you to contribute new knowledge to your field with respect to a pressing issue, problem, or need.
  • Interact with faculty and peers—Four residency experiences are offered, two of which may be taken virtually. At the residencies, you will have opportunities to discuss your research interests and the research process with faculty and students and expand your professional network.

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

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Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs

Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.

Choose Your Speed: Progress at Your Pace.

You can work toward your degree at a speed that fits your schedule. This program offers two speeds to complete your program, allowing you the flexibility to progress at a pace that’s right for you:

  • Traditional: Take one course at a time. Advance through the program steadily while managing other commitments.
  • Fast Track: Take two courses at once. Focus more time on the program and complete your degree sooner.

After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.


Earn Your PhD While Balancing Priorities

At Walden we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services  designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.


Walden Facts


Nearly 95% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.


More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.


Reagan Romali

Reagan Ferragamo Romali

PhD in Education Graduate
I am a first-generation college graduate. By earning my degree, I’ve set a positive example for my son. I know I’ve shown him that he can do anything.
My degree from Walden has certainly opened doors for me and created opportunities I might not otherwise have had.
Now that I’ve earned my Ed.D. from Walden, I can really effect positive social change and build bridges between mothers and healthcare professionals. I love what I do.
Kimberly Sabrina McDuffie EdD Graduate
Kimberly McDuffie
Rita Gloria Sawyer PhD in Education Graduate
Rita Gloria Sawyer
Katrina Fuller EdD Graduate
Katrina Fuller
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