Connected to Public Good
Mission of Advancing Social Change
Walden University, founded in 1970, is a predominantly online institution that provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.
High Levels of Community Engagement
More than 20,500 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and others from the Laureate International Universities network, participated in Walden’s Global Days of Service from October 12–18, 2015, helping to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide through more than 240 global projects totaling 125,000 volunteer hours.
Walden alumni have a 64% average rate of volunteerism, compared with the national average among college graduates of 39%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014).*
Innovative Leaders in Distance Education
Walden is One of Only Six Institutions Approved by the U.S. Government to Offer Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education
Walden University introduced Tempo Learning™ in 2015, a self-paced educational experience for students who want to earn their degree on their terms. The initial program offered through Tempo Learning was the competency-based MS in Early Childhood Studies. Walden became only the sixth institution with direct assessment approval by the U.S. Department of Education, and this particular program is the nation’s first competency-based master’s program in early childhood that uses this learning modality. Walden has since added competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs.
Focused on Graduate Education
Walden is primarily an online graduate institution with more than 80% of its students enrolled at the master’s and doctoral degree levels. The university offers programs in education, counseling, management, psychology, public health, social work and human services, nursing, public administration, public policy, and technology.
Diverse and Inclusive
The average age of a Walden student is 39. Walden’s student population is 56% minority and 76% female. The university’s more than 52,600 students reside in all 50 states and in more than 155 countries.
Walden University’s master’s and doctoral programs were ranked among the top five in multiple categories in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2015 Top 100 Producers of Minority Graduate Degrees.
Walden is No. 1 among 377 accredited U.S. institutions for awarding doctorates to African Americans, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation.
Delivering Quality Programs and Outcomes for Students
Walden and Its Programs Have Earned Accreditation From Several Accrediting Agencies
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It is home to more than 100 state teachers of the year from 46 states.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). BS and MS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
Walden University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Demonstrated Financial Aid Outcomes
The U.S. Department of Education’s Cohort Default Rate (CDR) demonstrates an institution’s borrower’s ability to manage their debt against default. Walden’s CDR of 6.8% is below the national average of 11.8% for all U.S. institutions.
Surveys Indicate Student Satisfaction
More than 90% of Walden graduates who responded say they are very satisfied or satisfied with Walden.*
More than 97% of employers of our graduates who responded say they would hire another Walden graduate.†
*2015 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey
†2015 Walden Employer Survey; www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey