Research in Psychology

This specialization allows you to extend your research skills beyond our core requirements. Coursework includes survey research, tests/measurement, advanced mixed-methods analysis, and multivariate analysis.

Automatically waive up to five courses1 if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field,2 shortening your journey to a PhD.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation Support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation Writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four PhD Residencies (four-day sessions)

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.

Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program3.

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 844-675-1175.


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 PSYC 8004 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 8252 Course Themes and Theories of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8701 Course Culture and Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8762 Course Teaching of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8412 Course Research Foundations Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8214 Course Consulting for Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8315 Course Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8920R
or
PSYC 8920T
Course Research Practicum

Teaching Practicum
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 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8360 Course Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 8202 Course Survey Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8306 Course Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8316 Course Tests and Measurement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8460 Course Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation

Dissertation Preparation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 8702 Course Dissertation Literature Review Lab Credits (2 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 8185 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus Credits (5 cr.)

Dissertation Writing Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYC 9000* Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

1PSYC 8252 Themes and Theories of Psychology, PSYC 8215 Lifespan Development, PSYC 8701 Culture and Psychology, RSCH 8110 Research Theory, Design, and Methods, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

2Master’s Degree in Psychology (or related psychology degree like clinical, forensic, developmental, I/O, etc.), Counseling, Human Services, or Social Work

*Students are continuously enrolled in PSYC 9000 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 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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