Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.
Gain leadership insights that will prepare you to effectively manage crisis situations. You will explore definitions of leadership, major theoretical leadership models, and contextual and situational factors related to leadership and change. You will also assess traditional and current literature and complete practical exercises to learn about theories of trauma; actions and behaviors following a disaster; stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; and psychological disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder). Coursework focuses on the development of culturally appropriate service-delivery programs and interventions for individuals affected or traumatized by disasters.
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 844-675-1718.
*FPSY 8252PSYC 8252 Themes and Theories of Psychology, FPSY 8720 Abnormal Behavior, FPSY 8135 Criminal Behavior, FPSY 8116 Understanding Forensic Psychology Research, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, RSCH 8310 Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
**Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.