Law And Public Policy

Legal decisions and the law have a significant impact on the creation of public policy. Discover the relationships between law and public policy and access vital legal knowledge available to public policy practitioners. Gain a solid background in legal concepts, cases, and current trends that will give you a head start if you decide to pursue a law degree or if you encounter legal questions in your workplace.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 88 quarter credits
    • Core courses (53 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days 
  • Minimum of 8–9 quarters enrollment depending on the transfer of credits awarded

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.

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.

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.

Courses

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.)
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 RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods 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.)
Course Code PPPA 8810 Course Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8811 Course Legal Research for Policy Practitioners Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PPPA 8812 Course Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts 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.)
Course Code PPPA 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus Credits (5 cr.)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
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 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

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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