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.

A Master of Social Work (MSW) is a prerequisite for Walden’s PhD in Social Work program.

*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.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Social Work Scholarship Opportunities

    Learn about the Barbara Solomon Scholarships for Social Work open to new MSW, DSW, and PhD in Social Work students helping the underserved.

  • “Walden’s PhD in Social Work is designed to prepare students for their roles as leaders and advocates for social change. The program focuses on contemporary issues in social work, as well as advanced social work theory and practice, which allows students to immediately apply what they learn to their roles in the field.”

    Sally M. Brocksen, PhD
    Academic Program Director, Social Work

  • About the School

    Learn more about the school community and meet the people who you'll work with in your program.

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  • Dollar signReceive a $5,000 grant if you reside in the US and start this program on August 29, 2016. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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