Family Studies and Intervention

The Family Studies and Interventions specialization provides an understanding of the utilization of advanced clinical theory and research methodology within a unique, client-centered ecological context. You are exposed to a broad spectrum of theoretical and clinical approaches to intervention, which emphasize the special needs of ethnic and racial minorities, gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, and single-parent and low-income families. Graduates are particularly skilled at developing multimodal therapeutic approaches and recognizing special treatment considerations within a diverse client delivery system.

Eligibility

This program of study is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from an accredited university or a master’s degree in a non-related field of study (all disciplines other than human services, counseling, social work, and psychology). To recognize your past academic progress, you may be eligible to apply previously earned credits toward your doctoral program, significantly reducing your time to completion and total cost.1 Contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 for details.

If you hold an MS in Human Services or a master’s degree in a related field (counseling, social work, or psychology) from Walden or another accredited institution, choose Track I.

The Advanced Customized option gives you a unique way to meet the coursework requirements in this program. Gain a deeper level of knowledge in your specific area of interest and benefit from an independent, self-directed learning experience under the guidance of a mentor. Learn more.

Fast Track to Your PhD

If you are eligible for Track II, you may also be eligible to choose the Fast-Track Option, which allows you to earn your degree more quickly by taking additional courses per term. If you are a highly motivated student with discipline and a flexible schedule, learn more about this accelerated path to a doctoral degree or contact an enrollment advisor today.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

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.

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 HUMN 8000 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Human Services Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 8150 Course Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8011 Course Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8152 Course Human and Social Services Administration Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8100 Course Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8205 Course Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8207 Course Grant Writing Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8210 Course Management and Leadership Development in Human and Social Services Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8237 Course Advanced Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8660 Course Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 8361 Course Human Sexuality Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8810 Course Community Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HUMN 8356 Course Theories and Techniques in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling 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 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Choose One
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Dissertation Preparation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 8550 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Dissertation Writing Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HUMN 9001* Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

1The number of credits eligible for transfer from a Walden or other accredited university master’s degree may be fewer depending upon the date the master’s degree was completed.

*Students are continuously enrolled in HUMN 9001 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 on Licensure: The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure, including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.

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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