Is your dissertation the only thing standing between you and your doctorate? Transfer your doctoral coursework, complete your research, and earn your doctorate through our online PhD completion program.
Our PhD dissertation completion program is designed specifically for returning doctoral degree candidates who have completed all coursework for a PhD, except the prospectus and dissertation process, at an accredited university.
With our PhD completion program, you’ll:
You’ll also have the opportunity to progress through the dissertation completion process with a cohort of students. Attend the residencies with your cohort and enjoy greater opportunities for peer support, networking, and collaboration.
When you complete your doctoral degree in our program, you’ll benefit from:
The following are the PhD completion program guidelines, processes, and procedures:
Milestones and time to completion: Students will complete a learning agreement contract with their faculty mentor. This contract will include the specific milestones and gateways that must be followed for the students to be successful in completing the dissertation process. Students will be allotted up to 3 years to complete the dissertation, but will be encouraged to complete the dissertation within 1 to 2 years. Students who cannot complete the dissertation within 3 years will be academically dismissed from the program.
Faculty mentor and dissertation committee: Each student’s dissertation will be guided by a dissertation committee consisting of the faculty mentor as chair, a faculty member, and a University Research Reviewer (URR). Program leadership appoints all committee members.
Prospectus: Students will develop a prospectus that provides the framework for the topic, problem, research questions, literature review, research method/design, data collection, and analysis procedures. Once the prospectus is approved by the faculty mentor, committee, and program director, the student—with guidance from the faculty mentor—will develop a draft proposal that outlines the problem, literature, and methodology. APA format templates for both the prospectus and dissertation are available.
Oral presentation: Once the proposal has been approved by the mentor, there will be a telephone oral presentation for committee review and evaluation. After the proposal has been approved, the student may proceed to the IRB process.
Completion/final review: After the IRB application has been approved, the student may begin data collection and develop the final chapters (presentation of the data; and summary, conclusions, and recommendations). This will be followed by a final telephone oral presentation. All documents must be in APA style and meet university form and style requirements. If problems arise, at the discretion of the faculty mentor, the student will engage an APA editor at the student's expense. Once the dissertation meets all of the requirements, it will be forwarded to Walden’s chief academic officer (CAO) for final review/approval.
Walden’s online PhD in Management Completion Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Among other benefits, ACBSP accreditation provides:
Graduates who complete their dissertation through this program will be prepared to:
Students in Walden’s online PhD in Management hail from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. This interdisciplinary program is focused on developing relevant, valuable skills and competencies that are universally applicable to any career field.
As a PhD in Management graduate, you will be prepared to bring fresh knowledge, ideas, and perspectives to your field through a variety of potential career fields, including:
Through a personalized and practical learning experience, our online PhD in Management can empower you to make more of an impact in your current role—or uncover exciting new possibilities along your career path.Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.