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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

25 Degree programs and over 150 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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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

    Nurse Practitioner

Manage the health of the youngest patient populations with Walden’s DNP specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Primary Care.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Nurse Practitioner

Provide care to patients with mental health disorders and illnesses in Walden’s DNP Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
PhD in Psychology

Research in Psychology

    Specialization

Extend your research skills beyond our core requirements. Coursework includes survey research, tests/measurement, advanced mixed-methods analysis, and multivariate analysis.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Research in Psychology
PhD in Psychology

Teaching in Psychology

    Specialization

This specialization is ideal if you’re interested in teaching adult learners, particularly through online instruction.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Teaching in Psychology
PhD in Psychology

Educational Psychology

    Specialization

This PhD in Psychology specialization focuses on classic educational psychology theory and how to use testing and measurement, with emphasis on adult learners.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Educational Psychology
PhD in Psychology

Health Psychology

    Specialization

Focuses on the intersection of psychology and health. Coursework explores health psychology, biopsychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and how to change health behavior.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Health Psychology
PhD in Psychology

Social Psychology

    Specialization

Focuses on how our thinking is affected by social context. It includes a focus on social cognition/attitudes, survey research, and applied social psychology.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Social Psychology
PhD in Psychology

Self-Designed

    Specialization

Design your own program of study. This specialization provides you with maximum flexibility to create a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Self-Designed
PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy

    Specialization

Research institutions of higher education from a systemic, organizational perspective. Learn how internal and external systems, politics, and policies impact institutional effectiveness, student learning and development, and the organization’s overall development and impact.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
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PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management

    Specialization

Designed for leaders across the education spectrum, from preschool through higher education. You will build upon your leadership and management abilities and learn to influence policy at local, national, and institutional levels.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
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PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

    Specialization

Critically review the latest research to understand the complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
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PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Early Childhood Special Education

    Specialization

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the trends and issues impacting early childhood special education today. Using real-world case-study scenarios, you engage in collaborative problem solving and investigate and implement research-based strategies to master program outcomes.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about PhD in Education - Early Childhood Special Education
PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation

    Specialization

Research-oriented program of study designed for educators who wish to gain expertise in best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
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PhD in Education

PhD in Education - Educational Technology and Design

    Specialization

Prepare to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges, collaborate digitally to demonstrate awareness of local and global interrelationships and diverse perspectives, and develop instructional design skills.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about PhD in Education - Educational Technology and Design
PhD in Education

PhD in Education - P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

    Specialization

Personalize your online PhD in Education experience. Our innovative self-designed option gives you ultimate flexibility, allowing you to create a program of study that meets your unique interests and passions.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about PhD in Education - P–20 Education (Self-Designed)
PhD in Developmental Psychology

Administration and Leadership

    Specialization

Prepare yourself as a leader and administrator in the field of human development. The Administration and Leadership specialization focuses on the latest theories and research in developmental psychology and equips you with knowledge and skills in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership development, and consulting.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Administration and Leadership
PhD in Developmental Psychology

Child and Adolescent Development

    Specialization

Apply the latest theories and research on child development, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and health issues affecting children and adolescents.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Child and Adolescent Development
PhD in Developmental Psychology

Health and Human Development

    Specialization

Gain an understanding of the relationship between health, health behavior, and human development. You’ll learn to apply the latest theories and research in developmental psychology to real-world situations in the healthcare industry or within human and social services.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Health and Human Development
PhD in Developmental Psychology

Research

    Specialization

Gain knowledge of how to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as how to critically review the latest research in human development.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Research
PhD in Developmental Psychology

Self-Designed

    Specialization

The Self-Designed specialization lets you design your own program of study. This offering provides you with maximum flexibility to design a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Next Start Dates

  • Course-Based: 10/10/2022
Learn more about Self-Designed

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

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