Ph.D. in Human Services - Self-Designed (Self-Directed)
Offered By: Walden University
The Ph.D. in Human Services Program develops leaders and practitioners within the helping professions while studying literature and theoretical framework in the human services field. The program emphasizes respect for diverse populations, sensitivity to individual and cultural differences, and ethical responsibility. Students in the Ph.D. in Human Services program have the option to design their own specialization. A Self-Designed specialization must fit within the existing range of expertise of the Human Services faculty and the KAM curriculum structure of the General Program in Human Services. It must also be developed in consultation with program faculty and approved by the faculty chair. Walden is ideal for ambitious learners who wish to pursue an advanced degree without sacrificing career or family.
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.