Enhance your knowledge and expertise to support individuals and communities with our PhD in Human and Social Services degree program.
With an online PhD in Human and Social Services from Walden, you can be a leader in effecting change and addressing the needs of those struggling with illness, addiction, violence, and poverty.
There is a strong global need for human and social services professionals in government and nongovernmental organizations. Underserved populations across the world require a range of human and social services such as healthcare, social work, financial aid, criminal justice, food aid, education, and housing.
As a professional in human and social services, you are committed to empowering your community. Through our online PhD in Human and Social Services degree program, you can deepen and broaden your ability to help others around the world live more productive, fulfilling, and independent lives.
The PhD in Human and Social Services program empowers you to promote positive change through effective policy and practice in a global context. Coursework emphasizes a holistic, interprofessional approach to human and social services, preparing you to help individuals, families, organizations, and communities navigate the social support systems and identify other professionals available to assist them.
When you earn your PhD in Human and Social Services from Walden, you can:
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
With our PhD in Human and Social Services, you can prepare to help clients navigate social services in various settings around the world, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and religious organizations.
In addition, U.S.-based and international charities are key employers of PhD in Human Services graduates. Since they tend to focus on vulnerable populations, charities need professionals with specialized administrative and case- management expertise.
With a PhD in Human Services degree, you can pursue a number of leadership roles within an organization, including:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of community and social service professionals and managers is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the national average for all occupations.1
Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.
Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.
Take advantage of this growth opportunity. Now is the time to take the next step in your career and lead change in your community. Request more information about our PhD in Human Services by filling out the form.
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master's degree in either human services, counseling, social work, or psychology or (2) hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) or a master’s degree in a non-related field of study (any discipline other than human services, counseling, social work, or psychology).
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The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
Since completing my degree, I am proud of writing and publishing my first children’s book.
With the help of my PhD, I would like to continue my endeavors in the human services field as a leader who will not stop at the promotion of positive social change in my neighborhood and beyond.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm (viewed online February 27, 2015). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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.