Your passion has a place at Walden University

We know that the decision to begin a doctoral degree program is a deeply personal one. Our students come from all over, with different lifestyles, backgrounds, and challenges. What unites them all is a passionate purpose that comes from within. At Walden, we see the greatness in you. We are dedicated to supporting you throughout your journey, so you can reach your full potential and make a difference in the lives of others around you.

Walden University is the Number 1 conferrer of doctoral research degrees.*  Our doctoral programs provide a path for lifelong professional and personal achievement through:

  • A choice of 25 doctoral programs and over 150 specializations available to support your goals.
  • Face-to face and virtual** academic residencies where you will network and gain skills that will last a lifetime.
  • Highly transferable skills and curriculum that are grounded in practice.
  • Personalized services dedicated to supporting the completion of your doctoral capstone.
  • Additional guidance from experienced doctoral student peer mentors who will provide advice and tips.

Real Doctoral Graduates. Real Journeys.

Meet Dr. Crystal Francis

Dr. Crystal Francis
Driven by a passion for criminal justice reform.

Meet Dr. Michele Williams

Dr. Michele Williams
Her doctoral degree helped save lives.

Meet Dr. Walter McCollum

Dr. Walter McCollum
A Walden graduate and faculty member became a force for global change.

Areas of Study

Choose the area of study that best filters our online doctoral degree programs to your interests.

35 Programs Found

Business and Management

If you want to become a more effective manager and decision-maker to help your organization thrive, an online doctoral degree program in management and business can help you gain the skills to do so.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

PhD in Management

PhD in Management - Completion Program

Criminal Justice

Whether you want to lead emergency management efforts or be a change agent for ethical and social justice issues, an online doctoral program in criminal justice can prepare you to foster safer communities.

PhD in Criminal Justice

Information Technology

Walden’s online doctoral program in information technology focuses on building technical skills as well as business acumen to help you advance your career in this fast-growing field.

Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)


Our academically rigorous and culturally relevant online doctoral programs in nursing prepare you to improve the quality of patients’ lives, communities, and healthcare institutions.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

PhD in Nursing

Psychology and Counseling

Our online doctoral degree programs in psychology and counseling can prepare those dedicated to social change to positively impact the lives of those struggling with mental health, behavioral, and relationship issues.

PhD in Clinical Psychology

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

PhD in Developmental Psychology

PhD in Forensic Psychology

PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

PhD in Psychology

PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership

Public Health and Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences provides innovative educational programs using a scholar-practitioner model to equip a diverse array of learners as social change agents who will promote, educate, motivate, and advocate for healthy communities. Our various health sciences and public health doctoral programs will help you advance in your career while making contributions to your field.

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

PhD in Health Education and Promotion

PhD in Health Services

PhD in Public Health

Public Policy and Administration

Walden’s School of Public Policy and Administration is dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s public sector and nonprofit leaders to advance the public good in communities around the world. Prepare to meet the growing demand for public service professionals at the national, state, and local levels with one of our online public policy and administration doctoral degree programs.

Doctor of Public Administration

PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Social Work and Human Services

Our online doctoral degree programs in social work and human services equip students with interdisciplinary knowledge of assessments, intervention strategies, and evaluation methods that will enhance their skills in practice, collaboration, and advocacy for underserved global populations.

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

PhD in Human and Social Services (Traditional and Fast Track)

PhD in Social Work


Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality. Learn about all our accreditations.

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.

**Eligible PhD students are those who are participating in a program that requires four academic residencies. PhD virtual residencies are an option for residency 2 and residency 4 only. Students enrolled in the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program are not eligible to attend virtual residencies. Students in the PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership program are required to complete one virtual residency. Doctor of Education (EdD) students have the option to attend an EdD Advanced virtual residency.

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