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Online Doctoral Programs and Professional Doctorates


Explore our online doctoral degree programs designed to help you reach your goals.
Explore our online doctoral degree programs designed to help you reach your goals.

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Choose a Doctoral Program That’s Designed to Promote Your Professional Excellence

Walden’s doctoral programs provide a path for lifelong professional and personal achievement.

TOP CHOICE FOR DEGREE STUDENTS

No. 1 conferrer of doctoral research degrees.1

PURPOSEFUL PROGRAMS

26 doctoral degree programs and more than 125 specializations available to support your goals.

BE SUPPORTED AT EACH STEP

The Walden Doctoral Degree Coach™ helps you find the right support when you need it and stay on track throughout your journey.

PERSONALIZED STUDENT SUPPORT

Complete suite of services dedicated to the completion of your dissertation and academic success.

KNOWLEDGEABLE FINANCIAL ADVISORS

Fund your passion and learn more about limited-time savings and other tuition assistance.

DOCTORAL PEER MENTORS

New students can connect with an experienced doctoral student who will provide advice, tips, and guidance.

Online Doctoral Programs

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A Different Way to Learn - Programs at Your Own Pace

A Different Way to Learn - At Your Own Pace

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)
Impact Healthcare’s Future With a Doctor of Healthcare Administration From tech-driven innovations to the push for greater cost transparency, the healthcare industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Help your organization navigate these…

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    02/26/2024
Doctor of Public Health
Walden is No. 1 in public health doctoral graduates in the U.S.1 Lead programs that foster healthier, more resilient communities with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Walden. A doctorate in public health prepares practitioners…

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    02/26/2024
PhD in Public Health
Walden is No. 1 in public health doctoral graduates in the U.S.1 In our online PhD in Public Health program, you can build upon your skills and expertise to become a more effective scholar-practitioner and make compelling contributions to…

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    02/26/2024
Doctor of Public Administration
 Become a public service leader with a DPA degree from Walden.Are you ready to further your passion for public service? Deepen your influence and create the change you want to see with a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree from Walden…

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    02/26/2024
PhD in Public Policy and Administration
Choose a program that prepares you for next-level leadership. Gain the insights to address critical challenges in your community—and the credibility to shape sustainable change—with a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden. PhD…

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    02/26/2024
Doctor of Psychology in Behavioral Health Leadership
Explore Our Online Doctor of Psychology Program in Behavioral Health Leadership 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…

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    02/26/2024

Your Doctoral Journey

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?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your doctorate 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.

  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.

  • 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.

  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctoral Programs

Are online doctoral degrees respected?

In recent years, online education has become increasingly commonplace as more and more universities put their courses online. In a 2015 survey conducted by Walden University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 89% of surveyed employers of Walden graduates reported that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Walden graduate employed at their organization. When deciding where to earn your doctoral degree online, be sure to choose an accredited institution.

Why earn a doctorate?

When you earn a doctorate, you will be well prepared for career advancement and new opportunities. Because only a very small percentage of the U.S. population holds a doctoral degree, which is the highest educational attainment possible, you’ll be in an elite group of achievers. Earning your doctorate can also position you for salary increases, give you highly marketable skills, help you become a true expert in your field, and better position you for leadership roles.

What is the difference between a professional doctorate and a PhD?

The professional doctorate and PhD degrees are considered terminal degrees, meaning you have achieved the highest formal degree in the field. A PhD is an academic degree focused on original research, data analysis, and the evaluation of theory. A professional doctorate focuses on applying research to practical problems, formulating solutions to complex issues, and designing effective professional practices within your field.

How do I balance the time needed to earn a doctorate with my personal and professional responsibilities?

If you’ve made the decision to earn your degree, you may be wondering how you’ll keep up with your online education while balancing work and family commitments. Time management is an important place to start—and these strategies are surprisingly effective. Follow the tips that work best for you:

  • Choose a degree program that offers flexibility.

  • Involve your family and friends in your plans to earn a degree.

  • Assess your strengths, weaknesses, and even how to spend your time.

  • Ask for help when you need it.

  • Prioritize your education and use a planner to schedule specific times to do your coursework.

  • Make daily task lists to organize your studies.

  • Create a space to study.

  • Set milestones toward your goals.

  • Avoid distractions, and learn to say no.

  • Remember your motivation.

What is an academic residency and why is it important to my doctoral program?

Academic residencies, skills labs, and pre-practica are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences that align with your online coursework to enhance your skill development, scholarship, and professional practice. Required for most doctoral programs, residencies also provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other students, staff, and faculty members. Academic residencies can be held virtually or at any location around the world.

What are some tips for completing the dissertation or capstone project?

Procrastination can get the best of many of us when it comes to competing a dissertation or capstone project. So, how do you position yourself for success? Consider these best practices:

  • Consider working with a mentor if you’re not already doing so.

  • Set deadlines for yourself.

  • Create an accountability chart.

  • Split up larger tasks into smaller ones.

  • Partner with another student and encourage each other’s work.

  • Never hesitate to use the resources supplied by your university. Most good ones have student support services for doctoral students.

  • Don’t multitask, just handle one task at a time.

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DISCLOSURES

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.