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Doctoral Fast Track Option

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For ambitious students, Walden offers a Fast Track Option. You can complete your doctorate degree in less time by taking advantage of this new path. Due to this program’s accelerated nature and subscription-based format, students have the potential to pay less in tuition and fees for the life of the program.

How does it work?

With our Fast Track Option, you increase your course load each term and begin your dissertation early to expedite your path through the program.

Which degree programs offer the Fast Track Option?

There are currently three degree programs which offer the Fast Track Option. They include:


  • Pass a writing assessment.
  • Submit an application essay.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first term for full admission into the fast track option.

Program Structure: Fast Track vs. Traditional

  Fast track option*
traditional option
 Courses Same for both option
Same for both options
Courses Load 3 courses per term
2 courses per term
Dissertation Dissertation courses are interspersed throughout your program
All dissertation courses are grouped together at the end of your program
Pace Accelerated Normal
Tuition Varies by student and program, with potential savings up to 20% over traditional option due to its accelerated pace Varies by program
Technology Fees Standard Rate Standard Rate
Included in tuition; residencies in the contiguous U.S. or virtual residencies only  Standard Rate

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress. The Fast Track option must be completed according to the set timeframes outlined in the program of study. If this requirement is not met, you may be subject to additional charges and moved to the Traditional option for the completion of your program.