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Online PhD in Psychology

Educational Psychology


Program Details

Learning Tracks

TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a master's degree in psychology or related field.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you have a GPA of 3.0 on bachelor’s degree or master's degree in unrelated field.

FAST TRACK: With our Fast-Track Option, you increase your course load each term and begin your dissertation early to expedite your path through the program.

Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment

  • Foundation course (3 cr.)

  • Core courses (25 cr.)

  • Research courses (10 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)

View the COMPLETE CURRICULUM PLAN.

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.

For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-675-1175.

 

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)

View the COMPLETE CURRICULUM PLAN.

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.

For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-675-1175.

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in a related field from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Standard Option – Track I

Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 65 quarter credits  $610 per quarter hour for coursework credits $39,650^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  20–125 quarter credits $610 per quarter hour for dissertation credits $12,200–$76,250*
Technology Fee   $170 per quarter $1,870–$5,440*
Residency Fee Four Residencies $1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
$5,680–$6,080
Estimated Range:     3-Year 8-Year
      $59,400 $127,420 *+
      (assuming completion in a 3-year timeframe) (assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)

 

Fast Track – Track I

Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 5 terms $7,180 $35,900^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  20–125 quarter credits $610 per quarter hour for dissertation credits $12,200–$76,250*
Technology Fee   $170 per quarter $1,530–$5,440*
Residency Fee Four Residencies Included in tuition $0
Estimated Range:     2.5-Year 8-Year
      $49,630 $117,590 *+
      (assuming completion in a 2.5-year timeframe) (assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

Based on a 2.5 to 3-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.

Standard Option – Track II

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 90 quarter credits  $610 per quarter hour for coursework credits $54,900^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  20–115 quarter credits $610 per quarter hour for dissertation credits $12,200–$67,100*
Technology Fee   $170 per quarter $2,380–$5,440*
Residency Fee Four Residencies $1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520 each (travel, lodging and other expenses are additional) 
$5,680–$6,080
Estimated Range:     3.25-Year 8-Year
      $75,160 $133,520*+
      (assuming completion in a 3.25-year timeframe) (assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)

 

Fast Track – Track II

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework & Dissertation  6 terms $7,180 per term $43,080^
Tuition-Dissertation  15–120 quarter credits $610 per quarter hour for dissertation credits $9,150–$79,300*
Technology Fee   $170 per quarter $1,700–$5,440*
Residency Fee Four Residencies Included in tuition $0
Estimated Range:     2.5-Year 8-Year
      $53,930 $127,820*+
      (assuming completion in a 2.5-year timeframe) (assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

Based on a 2.5 to 3-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you start this program on April 10, 2023. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Resources

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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. Students with related master’s degree (e.g. Counseling, Human Services, or Social Work) may transfer up to five courses as appropriate.

Note on Licensure:

The PhD in Psychology program is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.