Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.
Discover how you can work with police departments or other law enforcement agencies assisting in officer selection and training, stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, hostage negotiations, and selection of special operations officers. You will gain insights into stress management and coping strategies and understand the impact of dealing firsthand with victims and first responders. You will also understand the phenomenon and impact of post-traumatic stress on law enforcement and their families.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 110 quarter credits
- Core courses (75 cr.)
- Specialization (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 844-675-1642.
*FPSY 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, FPSY 8126 Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment
**Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.