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Become a Contemporary, High-Impact Leader in Social Work
Create innovative, practical solutions to today’s pressing social problems with our PhD in Social Work Impact Leadership in Social Work Administration specialization. This specialization explores topics such as strategic program development and implementation, tactical evaluation, collaborative practices, and design thinking. Develop essential leadership skills while preparing to help social work agencies address the needs of vulnerable populations facing a host of complex issues.
A PhD specialization in Impact Leadership in Social Work Administration academically prepares social work professionals to impact their community through high-level leadership and policy roles in social work and other related fields.
Grow as a Change Leader
Build a powerful leadership skill set that enables you to lead others in developing effective solutions to social challenges.
Start Your Dissertation Early
Choose a topic early on and start mastering the skills and tools you need to start and finish your dissertation with confidence.
Get One-on-One Guidance
From our highly committed faculty and dissertation chairs to our academic centers, we’re here to empower your success.
Pursue an Education for Good
Coursework and projects in this specialization are designed to help you make a meaningful and lasting impact as a social work leader.
Minimum Degree Requirements
83 quarter credits
Doctoral Writing Assessment
Foundation course (3 cr.)
Core courses (25 cr.)
Specialization courses (15 cr.)
Research courses (20 cr.)
Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
Building Doctoral Socialization and Competency courses (5 cr.; continuously enrolled in 1 cr. per term for a minimum of 5 terms until completion)
Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms until completion)
- Four PhD residencies
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/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.
|Tuition-Coursework||63 quarter credits||$635 per quarter hour for coursework credits||$40,005^|
|Tuition-Dissertation||20–130† quarter credits||$635 per quarter hour for dissertation credits||$12,700–$82,550*|
|Technology Fee||$170 per quarter||$1,700–$5,440*|
|Residency Fee||Four Residencies||$1,420 (virtual)
$1,520 (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
|(assuming completion in a 2.75-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 2.75-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 Admission Considerations: An MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
Immersive Learning Technologies
Walden’s online PhD program in social work incorporates cutting-edge technologies to enhance course content delivery and improve your learning. Practice and master critical skills in a safe and supportive environment through immersive simulations, online communities, and skills-based exercises. Build confidence as a social work scholar-practitioner while focusing on how to apply your new knowledge and competencies to your research, current job, and future roles.
PhD in Social Work Dissertation
Walden’s online PhD in Social Work program culminates in an independent dissertation. The dissertation allows you to contribute original research to the field while demonstrating your critical thinking, data analysis, and academic writing skills. Doctoral competencies are integrated throughout your courses—starting from day one—to prepare you for your capstone and your career.
Below are select titles of dissertations completed by Walden PhD in Social Work graduates:
Child Welfare Workers’ Perceptions of Their Competencies at Detecting and Reporting Abuse of Foster Children
Understanding the Young Adult African American Male’s Perceptions of Civic Engagement
Examining the Efficacy of a School-Based Mental Health Program in Iowa
Methamphetamine Screening and Brief Intervention in a Hospital Heart Failure Program
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patients’ Sociological Resilience, Self-Determination, and Decision-Making for Life-Sustaining Treatments
Mental Health Professional Perceptions of Barriers to Fidelity for Empirically Supported Treatments
Exploring the Use of Familismo to Manage Depression Among Elderly Latino Women
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