Change your world and the world of those around you as you reach a new level of achievement in your career and make significant contributions to your profession and to society. Walden’s online PhD in Social Work program can help you enhance your role as an advanced social work scholar, researcher, and leader in the field.*
Walden’s PhD in Social Work program prepares you to practice at the highest level of the social work field as a researcher, college-level educator, or administrative leader. A challenging curriculum enables you to analyze advanced theory and explore some of the most pressing and cutting-edge issues in social work today. Align your studies with your interests by choosing one of eight specializations, such as Addictions and Social Work, Medical Social Work, or Clinical Expertise. Four face-to-face academic residencies support the learning experience by giving you the opportunity to collaborate with professors and colleagues, build your social and professional community, and enhance your ability to effect positive social change.
As a graduate of the online PhD in Social Work program, you can become a lifelong contributor to the profession through research, scholarly writing, and thought leadership.
Aligned with Walden University’s mission of social change, this program allows you to:
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
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*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program. Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
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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.
I hope that with the degree I’ve obtained from Walden I can help individuals, organizations, and policymakers develop policies and plans to benefit children and youth.
I knew from earning my master’s degree that Walden fit my schedule as an intervention counselor, trainer, and single parent.