Curriculum

This program is for those interested in evidenced-based research, theories, and models to solve problems in government, nonprofits, and other policy organizations.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation support courses (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Walden students have up to eight 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 represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist 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 PPPA 8004
or
PPPA 8004I
Course Foundations for Doctoral Studies

Foundations for Doctoral Studies for International Students
Credits (3 cr.)

(3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PPPA 8405 Course Ethics and Social Justice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8465 Course Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8431 Course Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8111 Course Leadership and Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8112 Course Governance and Public Policy 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.)
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 Doctoral Capstone

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PPPA 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 9000* Course Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled 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 CAO. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Eight-Year Maximum Time Frame
Students have eight years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the eight-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 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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