Advanced Research Methods

Gain deeper insight into the methodologies used in counseling and counselor education research with a specialization in Advanced Research Methods. Develop critical competencies in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches used in social science research. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills by developing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research plans. This specialization can prepare you to serve as a methodologist and conduct research as a counselor educator or supervisor.

Minimum Degree Requirements

For students who are licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have graduated from a CACREP-accredited program:1

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Field Experience Courses
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation Support Course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation Writing Courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)

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 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 advisor 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 COUN 8001 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Counselor Education and Supervision Credits (1 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 8110 Course Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Identity Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8125 Course Teaching in Counselor Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8115 Course Advanced Counseling Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8135 Course Clinical Supervision Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8120 Course Professional Consultation, Program Evaluation, and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8203 Course Survey Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Select two courses from the following list:
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8261 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8361 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8461 Course Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Foundation 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.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Advanced Research Course

One of the following three courses is required:
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8460 Course Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Field Experience Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 8890 Course Counseling Doctoral Practicum Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8895 Course Doctoral Internship I Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 8896 Course Doctoral Internship II Credits (3 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Dissertation Preparation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Dissertation Writing Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 8561* Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

1Learn more about completion requirements for students who are not licensed professional counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited master’s program.

2Due to the practicum requirements of this program, the applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or a US territory at time of admission and must reside in the United States or a US territory at time of admission to be eligible for this program. United States military personnel stationed abroad should contact an enrollment advisor to determine eligibility.

*Students are continuously enrolled in COUN 8561 for a minimum of 4 quarters 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 up to 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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