Global Social Services

Human service professionals work with multi-cultural populations, immigrants, refugees, and transient communities in the U.S. and all over the world. In this specialization, you will develop a global consciousness and cultural awareness to serve a variety of international groups. Courses explore cultural differences and strategies for working effectively across a variety of cultural contexts, including your home culture.

Eligibility

This program of study is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from an accredited university or a master’s degree in a non-related field of study (all disciplines other than human services, counseling, social work, and psychology). To recognize your past academic progress, you may be eligible to apply previously earned credits toward your doctoral program, significantly reducing your time to completion and total cost.* Contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 for details.

If you hold an MS in Human Services or a master’s degree in a related field (counseling, social work, or psychology) from Walden or another accredited institution, choose Track I.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 108 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (50 cr.)
  • Foundation research sequence (15 cr.)
  • Advanced research course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Note on Licensure: The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure, including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

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 855-646-5286.

Courses

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code HUMN 8000 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Human Services Credits (3 cr.)
Quarter 1 Course Code HUMN 8150 Course Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 1 or 2 Course Code RESI 8401 Course PhD Residency 1 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code HUMN 8011 Course Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code HUMN 8152 Course Human and Social Services Administration Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code HUMN 8100 Course Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 or 4 Course Code RESI 8402 Course PhD Residency 2 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code HUMN 8205 Course Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code HUMN 8207 Course Grant Writing Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code HUMN 8339 Course Holding Up the Mirror: Understanding Different Cultures and Increasing Global Consciousness Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code RSCH 8200 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (4 cr.)
Quarter 5 or 6 Course Code RESI 8403 Course PhD Residency 3 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code HUMN 8210 Course Management and Leadership Development in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code HUMN 8237 Course Advanced Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code HUMN 8725 Course Multicultural Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code HUMN 8662 Course Psychology and Social Change Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code HUMN 8660 Course Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 or 9 Course Code RESI 8404 Course PhD Residency 4 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code HUMN 8550 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9-11 Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Quarter 10-14 Course Code HUMN 9001 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

The Advanced Customized option gives you a unique way to meet the coursework requirements in this program. Gain a deeper level of knowledge in your specific area of interest and benefit from an independent, self-directed learning experience under the guidance of a mentor. Learn more.

*The number of credits eligible for transfer from a Walden or another accredited university master’s degree program may vary depending upon the date the master’s degree was completed.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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