Walden University’s online PhD in Social Work program can help you gain the skills needed to address social issues through research or to teach in a university setting. Whichever path you choose, this doctoral degree program will prepare you to work in a variety of professions in the public or private sectors.

Enter a High-Growth Field

  • Opportunities for social work professionals are expected to grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations.*
  • Employment opportunities for college professors are expected to grow by 17% between 2010 and 2020.†

Expand Your Career Options

A PhD in Social Work can provide you with greater opportunities to move your career forward as a:

  • Social worker
  • Researcher
  • Evaluator
  • Agency leader
  • Policy analyst
  • Educator/professor/faculty member
  • Supervisor in the social work field
  • Program director

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm/#tab-6 (viewed online June 29, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual employment.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Education-Training-and-Library/Postsecondary-teachers.htm#tab-6 (viewed online June 29, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual employment.

Testimonials

Bernadette Marson

Bernadette Marson

PhD in Human Services Graduate
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.
Kahla D. LaPlante PhD in Health Services Student
Kahla LaPlante
Mildred Peyton PhD in Human Services Graduate
Mildred Peyton
Tomica Buford MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate
Tomica Buford
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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