Develop your disciplinary knowledge and management skills while building on your practical experience with a Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership.
Next Start Dates
Courses with a set schedule
January 09, 2023
Up to 40 Credits
Gain the leadership and cross-disciplinary skills to manage and improve the delivery of integrated mental and behavioral healthcare in this non-licensure program with an online Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership from Walden University.
Today’s healthcare system demands behavioral health leaders who can manage the delivery of quality behavioral health and mental health services in an increasingly integrated care setting. This professional doctoral program in leadership can prepare you to meet this need. In this program, you can gain cross-disciplinary knowledge, business and management skills, and practical experience that can be used to help shape the rapidly changing integrated healthcare landscape.
Why Choose Walden?
Gain skills in leadership and management, financial management and procurement, instruction and training, entrepreneurship, and program evaluation.
Take an additional three courses to earn an optional specialization and enhance your expertise in an area of the field that interests you.
The in-person consulting skills intensive retreat provides hands-on practice, while the virtual doctoral project residency will help you with your capstone course.
Interactive learning tools allow you to apply your new skills to real-life problems and issues.
Curriculum - General Program Specialization
Minimum Degree Requirements
Doctoral Writing Assessment
Foundation course (3 cr.)
Core Courses (40 cr.)
Research Courses (15 cr.)
Optional specialization courses (15 cr.)
Completion of Doctoral Capstone
Doctoral capstone support courses (5 cr.)
Doctoral capstone writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
Consulting Skills Intensive (Residency 1, face-to-face)
Doctoral Project Development (Residency 2, virtual)
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.
Program Admission Considerations:
An official transcript of a master’s degree (or higher) from a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in post-baccalaureate degree coursework.
One year of post-master’s degree related work experience required
Completed application form.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request the names and contact information for two persons, professional or academic, qualified to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s skills and qualifications.
Official transcript(s) of highest degree or coursework completed to date.
Access to a computer and the internet.
More information for international applicants.
At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?
A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate
Earning your Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.
Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
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Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
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General Program Specialization
|Tuition-Coursework||58 quarter credits||$600 per quarter hour for coursework credits||$34,800^|
|Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project||25–130† quarter credits||$600 per quarter hour for doctoral study credits||$15,000–$78,000*|
|Technology Fee||$165 per quarter||$1,815–$5,280*|
|Consulting Skills Intensive||One in Program||$1,375 each (virtual)
$1,475 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
|(assuming completion in a 2.75-year timeframe)||(assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)|
Effective February 27, 2023
|Tuition-Coursework||58 quarter credits||$610 per quarter hour for coursework credits||$35,380^|
|Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project||25–130† quarter credits||$610 per quarter hour for doctoral study credits||$15,250–$79,300*|
|Technology Fee||$170 per quarter||$1,870–$5,440*|
|Consulting Skills Intensive||One in Program||$1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
|Virtual Residency||One in Program||$1,420||$1,420|
|(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.
Build cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in leadership, financial management and procurement, instruction and training, entrepreneurship, and program evaluation.
Explore the biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to health and illness and changing health behavior.
Explore quality management and project and resource management in health services organizations, as well as issues in executive-level management for healthcare administrators.
Gain knowledge in organizational behavior and an in-depth understanding of contemporary, international, and virtual organizations.
Focus on management and leadership in a global environment, understanding cultural differences, and international health and behavioral health issues.
Gain knowledge in global health and issues in disease prevention as well as marketing, communication, and public relations for healthcare leaders.
The Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership program can prepare you with the professional skills to pursue a leadership or management position in a public or private organization, or to start your own organization. Potential career settings include group homes, healthcare agencies, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. Your career options may include a variety of roles, such as:
Behavioral health leader
Behavioral health manager
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.
All graduates will be prepared to:
Assess behavioral healthcare and leadership in a variety of societal contexts and organizational settings.
Analyze effective management and leadership to improve behavioral health programs for diverse populations
Employ critical thinking to solve problems in a real-world context for behavioral health settings
Apply leadership and consulting principles to the management of mental and integrated health delivery systems.
Evaluate key factors of social determinants of health in behavioral healthcare settings.
Describe how legal and regulatory policies in behavioral healthcare impact a variety of stakeholders.
Synthesize theories and research to support objective-based decision-making for the management of mental health delivery systems.
Evaluate key concepts of health economics in assessing the long-term economic viability of healthcare organizations.
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Note on Licensure: The Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.
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.