Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:
- Official transcript(s)
- Applicable test scores
- Completed online application
- Employment history
- List of transfer credits
Doctoral Degree Requirements
- A master's degree or higher.
- Three years of related professional or academic experience.
- Select doctoral programs only require a bachelor’s degree for admission.
Master's Degree Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree or higher.
Bachelor's Degree Requirements
Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You are less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter-credit hours.
- You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.
- You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
Walden's Transfer of Credit Process—As Easy as 1-2-3
Obtain an official transcript from your previous institution(s). We can help you with this—and will even pay the transcript fee for you.
We will carefully review your previous coursework to maximize the amount of credits we can apply to your Walden program of study.
You will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation within three business days, including a summary of the courses that have been accepted for transfer up to the maximum credits.*
Additional Financial Aid Information
Walden University partners with ECSI to provide students with an alternative to paying full tuition at the beginning of each term. Through ECSI’s monthly payment plan, you may spread the cost of your tuition over multiple months—interest free. The ECSI plan is not a loan, and there is an enrollment fee.
Simplify your school expenses with:
- Convenient monthly payments that allow you to pay tuition in manageable installments.
- Multiple payment plan options, including some that can be combined with school loan programs (if available in your country of residence).
- Interest-free payments, which may eliminate your need for loans.
General Considerations for International Students
- English is the language of instruction. Depending on the language in which you earned your previous degree(s), you may need to submit test scores showing your level of English proficiency.
- Walden University is not authorized to grant student visas for study in the United States.
- To be admitted, you need the equivalent of a high school diploma, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution or a U.S. school accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. You may have your transcript(s) evaluated free of charge by Walden. This evaluation will only be valid for application to Walden.
- Applicants requesting transfer of credit must have their transcript(s) from outside the United States certified for equivalency to U.S. degrees or coursework. Walden offers this service for free.
- International applications are due at least eight weeks before the U.S. application deadline, so please plan accordingly.
- You will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection (1.5Mbps or higher due to streaming media needs).
"The academic advisor I spoke with really helped clarify my priorities and evaluate what option was best for me."
Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. Prospective students who reside outside of the United States are advised to review accreditation requirements for their own country to confirm recognition of their Walden program of choice.
*Please note: There may be additional program-specific transfer of credit criteria. Students should check the Transfer Maximum by Program table in the Walden University Student Handbook.
**Source: 2015 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey. The Web-based survey was distributed February 6–March 22, 2015. A total of 3,782 alumni who graduated in 2012, 2013, and 2014 responded to the survey for a 13% overall response rate.
***Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2014.