Curriculum

This program is for those interested in developing the essential skills to affect change in government, nonprofits, and other policy organizations.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral Capstone writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-797-9416.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDPA 8003
or
DDPA 8003I
Course Foundations for Doctoral Studies

Foundations for Doctoral Studies for International Students
Credits (3 cr.)

(3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDPA 8405 Course Ethics and Social Justice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8390 Course Strategic Context of Public Management and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8382 Course Public Policy and Finance Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8200 Course Management Techniques for the Public Sector Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8111 Course Leadership and Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8112 Course Governance and Public Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8210 Course Analytics for Evidence-Based Decision Making Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDPA 8300 Course Writing Applied Research and Funding Proposals Credits (5 cr.)

Research Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDPA 8400 Course Professional Administrative Study Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

*DDPA 8400, Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe

Students have 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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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