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Ph.D. in Human Services - Clinical Social Work (Self-Directed)

Offered By: Walden University

The Clinical Social Work Specialization focuses on the use, understanding, and development of models and theoretical frameworks for clinical practice with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. This specialization prepares clinical scholars who are well grounded in the qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and highly skilled in a variety of intervention techniques. Graduates serve as leaders in direct practice; enter university-level teaching or clinical research positions; or enter advanced positions in clinical administration, supervision, and consultation.

Human services professionals are on the front lines in serving and caring for those who are most vulnerable and in need. Walden's Ph.D. in Human Services degree program is designed to help professionals in a broad range of settings - including social services agencies, healthcare agencies, treatment facilities, and more - develop their leadership and management skills to better support their communities.

Choose from two formats that best fit your learning style:

  • A course-based program of study that may allow you to complete your degree in less than 3 years.*
  • A self-directed option that allows you to conduct research independently while working closely with a faculty mentor on an area of interest about which you are passionate.

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred.