Addictions and Social Work

Addiction includes substance abuse and compulsive behaviors that result in detrimental activities such as excessive gambling, hoarding, and self-harm. This specialization explores the psychology of addiction and the various interventions available for individuals and families who are dealing with addictive behavior. Apply your knowledge to advance your research or teach college-level students about effective prevention and consultation strategies for addictions.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • 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 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.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

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 specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

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 SOCW 8002 Course Foundations of Graduate Study Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8110 Course Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8116 Course History and Development of Social Work Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8137 Course Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8138 Course Program and Practice Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8550 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCW 8103 Course Introduction to Addiction Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8203 Course Treatment of Addictions Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code SOCW 8785 Course Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy 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.)

Dissertation

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

*Students are continuously enrolled in SOCW 9000 for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their capstone project 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 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 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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