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. You also save money on your degree through subscription-based tuition 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 four 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 options 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 program, with greater than 20% savings over the traditional option Varies by program
Technology Fees Reduced rate Standard rate
Residencies 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.

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