Is your dissertation the only thing standing between you and your doctorate? Transfer your doctoral coursework, complete your research, and earn your doctorate through our online PhD completion program.

Our PhD dissertation completion program is designed specifically for returning doctoral degree candidates who have completed all coursework for a PhD, except the prospectus and dissertation process, at an accredited university.

With our PhD completion program, you’ll:

  • Receive step-by-step guidance from a faculty mentor who will advise you during the research process and keep you on track through continuous feedback.
  • Attend two intensive in-person writing workshops designed to prepare you for successful completion of your dissertation.
  • Obtain support with your research and scholarly writing through our Center for Research Quality, Writing Center, online library, and other doctoral support programs.
  • Complete your dissertation online while you balance current work and family commitments.

You’ll also have the opportunity to progress through the dissertation completion process with a cohort of students. Attend the residencies with your cohort and enjoy greater opportunities for peer support, networking, and collaboration.

Why Choose Walden's PhD in Management Completion Program?

When you complete your doctoral degree in our program, you’ll benefit from:

  • Dedicated mentors: Your faculty mentor will serve as your dissertation chair and support, and guide you through each stage of the doctoral process to help ensure you successfully complete your research dissertation.
  • Our online format: Complete your dissertation in an online format that gives you the flexibility and convenience to finish your degree from anywhere, while balancing work and family commitments.
  • Dissertation intensives: Attend two in-person intensive dissertation completion writing workshops. During each of these 5-day sessions, you’ll spend highly focused time working on your dissertation, meeting with doctoral faculty, networking with fellow doctoral students, and enhancing the skills you need to keep making progress toward finishing your dissertation.
  • Cohort/peer networking: Learn alongside a cohort of other students who have come to Walden to finish their dissertations. From the start, you can remain with your cohort as you progress through the program—or shift your schedule to accommodate your personal and professional commitments. If you do stay with your cohort, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of attending the in-person residencies, further strengthening support and professional relationships.
  • Frequent check-ins: Stay on track with weekly check-ins with your faculty mentor and ongoing feedback. You’ll have regular weekly group conference calls with other students in your cohort so you can share successes, talk with others for advice and support, and report on your progress.
  • Doctoral support services : Access Walden’s support programs for doctoral students, which include the Career Services Center, Walden Library, Writing Center, and Center for Research Quality. You’ll also have access to our online Dissertation Support Classroom, which offers the structure of a classroom environment with the flexibility of online learning.

Processes and Procedures

The following are the PhD completion program guidelines, processes, and procedures:

  • Milestones and time to completion: Students will complete a learning agreement contract with their faculty mentor. This contract will include the specific milestones and gateways that must be followed for the students to be successful in completing the dissertation process. Students will be allotted up to 3 years to complete the dissertation, but will be encouraged to complete the dissertation within 1 to 2 years. Students who cannot complete the dissertation within 3 years will be academically dismissed from the program.

  • Faculty mentor and dissertation committee: Each student’s dissertation will be guided by a dissertation committee consisting of the faculty mentor as chair, a faculty member, and a University Research Reviewer (URR). Program leadership appoints all committee members.

  • Prospectus: Students will develop a prospectus that provides the framework for the topic, problem, research questions, literature review, research method/design, data collection, and analysis procedures. Once the prospectus is approved by the faculty mentor, committee, and program director, the student—with guidance from the faculty mentor—will develop a draft proposal that outlines the problem, literature, and methodology. APA format templates for both the prospectus and dissertation are available.

  • Oral presentation: Once the proposal has been approved by the mentor, there will be a telephone oral presentation for committee review and evaluation. After the proposal has been approved, the student may proceed to the IRB process.

  • Completion/final review: After the IRB application has been approved, the student may begin data collection and develop the final chapters (presentation of the data; and summary, conclusions, and recommendations). This will be followed by a final telephone oral presentation. All documents must be in APA style and meet university form and style requirements. If problems arise, at the discretion of the faculty mentor, the student will engage an APA editor at the student's expense. Once the dissertation meets all of the requirements, it will be forwarded to Walden’s chief academic officer (CAO) for final review/approval.

An ACBSP-Accredited Program

ACBSP logoWalden’s online PhD in Management Completion Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Among other benefits, ACBSP accreditation provides:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today’s global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates who complete their dissertation through this program will be prepared to:

  1. Articulate the evolution of the field of management and its relationship to human and societal development.
  2. Analyze various theories, concepts, and tools that seek to explain and provide the basis for management decision-making.
  3. Evaluate management and systems-thinking principles at the core of the design and evolution of organizational and social systems.
  4. Appraise the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management theories and practices from an interdisciplinary and social change perspective.
  5. Assess identified gaps in the current research literature in the field of management and in their chosen areas of specialization.
  6. Design efficacious and ethical research that addresses identified gaps in the body of knowledge in management and related subfields.
  7. Advance the body of knowledge through original research in the field of management and chosen areas of specialization via the application of a variety of appropriate methodology, design, and analysis methods.
  8. Communicate effectively to academic and general stakeholders the results of original research that advance the field of knowledge in management and chosen specializations and contribute to positive social change.
Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
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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