With a PhD in Human and Social Services from Walden, you can be a leader in effecting change and addressing the needs of those struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty.
There is a strong global need for human and social services professionals in government and nongovernmental organizations. Underserved populations across the world require a range of human and social services such as healthcare, social work, financial aid, criminal justice, food aid, education, and housing.
As a professional in human and social services, you are committed to empowering your community. Through our PhD in Human and Social Services degree program, you can deepen and broaden your ability to help others around the world live more productive, fulfilling, and independent lives.
The PhD in Human and Social Services program empowers you to promote positive change through effective policy and practice in a global context. Coursework emphasizes a holistic, interprofessional approach to human and social services, preparing you to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities navigate the social support systems and identify other professionals available to assist them.
When you earn With your Walden’s PhD in Human and Social Services degree program from Walden, you can: * Choose from two tracks, which are designed to align with your academic background.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
If you hold a master’s degree in a related field, you may be eligible to apply previously earned credits toward a PhD in Human and Social Services, significantly reducing your time to completion and total cost.*
If you are a highly motivated student with discipline and a flexible schedule, you may also be eligible to choose the Fast Track Option, allowing you to earn your degree more quickly by taking additional courses per term. Contact your enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 for details.
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master's degree in either human services, counseling, social work, or psychology or (2) hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) or a master’s degree in a non-related field of study (any discipline other than human services, counseling, social work, or psychology).
*The number of credits eligible for transfer from a Walden or other accredited university master’s degree may vary depending upon the date the master’s degree was completed.
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Almost 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.*
The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
Since completing my degree, I am proud of writing and publishing my first children’s book.
With the help of my PhD, I would like to continue my endeavors in the human services field as a leader who will not stop at the promotion of positive social change in my neighborhood and beyond.