Policy Practice

Effective policy and sustainable change are the result of successful collaboration with legislators, lobbyists, grass-roots organizations, and other groups and individuals. This specialization can help you advance social welfare by identifying community needs and learning best practices for working with key stakeholders on today’s most pressing social policy issues. You will have the opportunity to analyze the key factors that influence decision making related to positive social change and learn how to engage with local, state, and federal governments.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Elective course (5 cr.)
  • Doctoral Capstone Research Project
    • Capstone research project (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • One 4-day face-to-face residency

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.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

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 specialist at 855-646-5286.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8002 Course Foundations of Graduate Study Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8110 Course Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8802 Course Clinical Seminar I Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8117 Course Diversity and Multiculturalism Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8137 Course Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8138 Course Program and Practice Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8451 Course Public Policy Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8465 Course Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8809 Course Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy 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
or
RSCH 8310
Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Elective Course

Students choose a course to support their capstone research project.

Residency Requirement

Complete one residency face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required before you begin your capstone research project.

 

Doctoral Capstone Research Project

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8610* Course Capstone Research Project Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

*Students are continuously enrolled in SOCW 8610 for a minimum of 4 terms until completion of their capstone project with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

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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