Going back to school as an adult means striking a balance among many areas in your life. You likely work full time. Perhaps you have children or other family members to care for, and you want to give enough attention to all of your responsibilities. At Walden, we help you maintain that balance and ultimately achieve your goals.

We’re all in it together. To help you thrive, we offer the following features and services so that you can earn your PhD in Human and Social Services, PhD in Education, or Doctor of Education (EdD) while taking care of your family, your job, and your own well-being.

Customized Registration

At Walden, you can choose your course load from term to term. You could register for only one course, add an extra course when you have more time, or take a term off when your priorities change. You’ll work with your academic advisor to create a plan that fits your life, especially when you experience a change that affects how much time you can commit to your studies.

Kid-Friendly Residencies

In-person residencies are a necessary and useful part of your doctoral program, and we want you to make the most of them. To that end, we hold residencies each year in places that kids would also enjoy visiting, including Orlando and Anaheim, California. While you are learning and networking, your children can be enjoying themselves in the pool or at a theme park.

Doctoral Support Podcasts

To help you succeed as you balance work, family, and your studies, our Writing Center offers podcasts on doctoral topics such as Favorite Apps to Save You Time When Write, The Literature Review: Tackling the Hard Questions, and Balancing School, Work, and Family. You can listen while you are driving, exercising, or waiting for an appointment, allowing you to learn and grow at time that fits your schedule. Listen to one example now.

Virtual Check-In Groups

As you get oriented to your program, you have the opportunity to join unique weekly virtual check-ins, led by a senior mentor/advisor, with other beginning doctoral students. You might find someone you can call on when you get stuck, pick up some helpful time management tips, or even make a lifelong friend.

Faculty Who Understand Your Needs

Our faculty members receive specific training on teaching adult learners who have family and work demands outside of school. They are always available to work with you when life is pulling you in different directions.

Family Support Webinars

You thrive when your family thrives. Our on-demand webinars show you how to bring your whole family with you on your educational journey. Hear firsthand from experts and students how you can best involve your partner or spouse, your children, and even your parents in your doctoral journey.

Call an enrollment advisor at 866-492-5336 to learn more about these support services.