The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award


When you learn online with Walden, you have access to a dynamic learning experience that will expose you to real-world scenarios presented by faculty who are experts and practitioners in their fields. Throughout your coursework, you will explore the latest theories and best practices in your industry and be able to put your new knowledge to work immediately in your organization. You have the opportunity to work with individuals from across the United States and possibly from around the world. Thanks to our engaging online learning model, you can learn on your schedule and participate in classes on a weekly basis whenever it’s convenient for you.

Partnership Benefits

Eligible Baldrige Community members may receive a 10% tuition reduction* when enrolling as a new Walden student in approved degree programs. This reduction will remain in effect for the duration of the student’s enrollment at Walden. New students who qualify for an existing 10% U.S. partnership tuition reduction may combine that reduction with any one quarter or semester-based offer. Unless otherwise specified, the 10% U.S. partnership tuition reduction is the only offer that may be combined.

*Baldridge Community members that are new students qualify for a 10% tuition reduction. Baldridge Community members currently or previously enrolled in Walden’s programs are not eligible for this tuition reduction and no tuition reduction will be made retroactively. Only one tuition reduction benefit may be applied to tuition. The tuition reduction is not applicable for students enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialization in the Master of Science in Nursing. This offer is not a guarantee that all candidates eligible for the offer will be granted acceptance or admission into Walden. All prospective students will be subject to the same standard admissions and registration processes as all other prospective students applying to Walden. The tuition reduction is applicable to tuition only and does not apply toward books, materials, or other supplies or fees needed for a course. This reduction will remain in effect for the duration of the student’s continuous enrollment at Walden. Walden may change or stop offering the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction.

Walden Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – Baldrige Consulting Capstone Option

As an alternative to traditional doctoral study, the Consulting Capstone is an individual project in which DBA students serve as consultants to an organization. Using knowledge and skills gained from their doctoral course of study, students will conduct in-depth research for and about their assigned client organization and will coach their clients to improve key work processes, overcome strategic challenges, and increase overall performance. Clients and DBA students will collaborate to help these organizations bring about positive social change.

Using the Baldrige Excellence Framework

Thousands of organizations around the world use the Baldrige Excellence Framework and its Criteria for Performance Excellence as a guide to improving performance and achieving enduring results that align with their mission and achievement of strategic objectives. Incorporating this proven framework for organizational improvement and innovation into the Consulting Capstone offers DBA students and their clients an integrated, systems-based approach to exploring key management and leadership areas.

The Baldrige framework is a holistic management and leadership system. Using it as a general resource and guide, students will identify a conceptual framework for their capstone study that aligns with the systems-based perspective of the framework.

Articulation of the Baldrige Examiner Experience

Walden University offers those who have participated in the Baldrige Examiner Experience the opportunity to complete an assessment process that can lead to earning up to 15 credits toward their DBA. Speak with your enrollment advisor to learn more.

Degrees and Programs

Walden offers many degree and certificate program options that can help your employees move ahead in their career, no matter where they are on their educational journey. Choose "Find Your Degree" from the top of the page and start exploring your options.

The Walden Experience

Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of working professionals for more than 40 years. The university promotes lifelong learning by offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees online in areas of study ranging from health and education to management and public administration. It is distinguished by high academic standards, experienced faculty, and a rigorous curriculum. Using an array of technology, the university delivers an online education experience when, where, and how students need it. Walden programs help students achieve their goals so that, as graduates, they can help advance the lives of others.


Accreditation is a mark of quality. Walden has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1990. The HLC is a commission of the North Central Association, one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Walden also holds specialized accreditations from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), and ABET.

Mission and Vision

Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Walden University envisions a distinctively different 21st-century learning community where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.

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