Choose a Doctoral Program That’s Designed to Promote Your Professional Excellence
Walden’s doctoral programs provide a path for lifelong professional and personal achievement.
No. 1 conferrer of degree research degrees.*
25 Degree programs and over 150 specializations available to support your goals.
Highly transferable skills and curriculum that are grounded in practice.
Complete suite of services dedicated to the completion of your dissertation and academic success.
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PhD in Management
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Doctor of Public Administration
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
PhD in Nursing
Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)
PhD in Developmental Psychology
PhD in Health Education and Promotion
Explore both individual and population health, focusing on health behavior theory and techniques for changing behaviors. Using the latest technology, students will review case studies that touch on current trends and research and explore best practices from a global perspective.
PhD in Clinical Psychology
Walden’s online PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare you to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.
PhD in Psychology
Prepare for a career as a practitioner, instructor, consultant, administrator, or researcher for government, nonprofits, or the private sector. Choose from seven specializations to focus your learning.
PhD in Criminal Justice
Earn your PhD degree in criminal justice from Walden to pursue leadership roles within your organization or begin a career in criminal justice education.
PhD in Public Policy and Administration
Gain an international perspective, meet the challenges of governance and service delivery, effect policy-making, and make an impact on social issues. Choose from 12 specializations.
PhD in Human Services
Gain the credentials and knowledge to effect policy and lead social change. Focus on the holistic needs of people and communities. Choose from 14 specializations to focus your learning.
PhD in Public Health
Explore strategies to promote positive health changes, contribute to public health knowledge for entire populations, and help improve the health of individuals and communities.
PhD in Health Services
Gain the skills to evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare policy and advance research and practice in health services, and prepare for a leadership or academic position.
PhD in Education
Advance your career in education with a program that features personalized support and nine specializations. Prepare for a leadership role as an education researcher, scholar, or practitioner.
PhD in Forensic Psychology
In Walden’s online PhD in Forensic Psychology program, you will explore the systems and programs that create positive change in the legal system.
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
Through this CACREP-accredited program, prepare for a leadership role in a clinical, academic, or nonprofit setting or work as a counselor educator. Choose from six specializations.
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
Advance your career in a social work agency or organization with your DSW. Choose from eight specializations, including addiction and medical social work. Learn how you can support diverse populations in your work.
PhD in Social Work
Prepare to practice at the highest level of the social work field as a researcher, educator, or administrator. Choose from eight specializations including addiction and clinical expertise.
PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology
Deepen your understanding of the interdependence of individuals, organizations, and society. Prepare for a career in public and private organizations, universities, nonprofits, and government.
PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership
Gain the leadership and cross-disciplinary skills to manage and improve the delivery of integrated mental and behavioral healthcare with a PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership from Walden University.
Doctor of Public Health
Lead organizations in promoting healthy, safe communities with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from Walden University.
In recent years, online education has become increasingly commonplace as more and more universities put their courses online. In a 2015 survey conducted by Walden University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 89% of surveyed employers of Walden graduates reported that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Walden graduate employed at their organization. When deciding where to earn your doctoral degree online, be sure to choose an accredited institution.
When you earn a doctorate, you will be well prepared for career advancement and new opportunities. Because only a very small percentage of the U.S. population holds a doctoral degree, which is the highest educational attainment possible, you’ll be in an elite group of achievers. Earning your doctorate can also position you for salary increases, give you highly marketable skills, help you become a true expert in your field, and better position you for leadership roles.
The professional doctorate and PhD degrees are considered terminal degrees, meaning you have achieved the highest formal degree in the field. A PhD is an academic degree focused on original research, data analysis, and the evaluation of theory. A professional doctorate focuses on applying research to practical problems, formulating solutions to complex issues, and designing effective professional practices within your field.
If you’ve made the decision to earn your degree, you may be wondering how you’ll keep up with your online education while balancing work and family commitments. Time management is an important place to start—and these strategies are surprisingly effective. Follow the tips that work best for you:
- Choose a degree program that offers flexibility.
- Involve your family and friends in your plans to earn a degree.
- Assess your strengths, weaknesses, and even how to spend your time.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Prioritize your education and use a planner to schedule specific times to do your coursework.
- Make daily task lists to organize your studies.
- Create a space to study.
- Set milestones toward your goals.
- Avoid distractions, and learn to say no.
- Remember your motivation.
Academic residencies, skills labs, and pre-practica are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences that align with your online coursework to enhance your skill development, scholarship, and professional practice. Required for most doctoral programs, residencies also provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other students, staff, and faculty members. Academic residencies can be held virtually or at any location around the world.
Procrastination can get the best of many of us when it comes to competing a dissertation or capstone project. So, how do you position yourself for success? Consider these best practices:
- Consider working with a mentor if you’re not already doing so.
- Set deadlines for yourself.
- Create an accountability chart.
- Split up larger tasks into smaller ones.
- Partner with another student and encourage each other’s work.
- Never hesitate to use the resources supplied by your university. Most good ones have student support services for doctoral students.
- Don’t multitask, just handle one task at a time.