Acquire new skills in social work theory and program evaluation through scholarly research that enables you to position yourself as an expert and thought leader.

The PhD in Social Work program was designed to provide students will allow you to:

  • Design, implement, and analyze your own research related to the social work profession.
  • Choose from several unique specializations, to focus on what is important to you.
  • Network with expert faculty members and peers at face-to-face residencies.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 48 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 20 credits

Choose from eight different specializations:

  • Addictions and Social Work
  • Clinical Expertise
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Family Studies and Interventions
  • Medical Social Work
  • Policy Practice
  • Social Work Administration

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize current research, best practices, and theory to promote prevention and intervention strategies that address social problems and needs of social groups.
  • Employ various research and statistical tools to find data used to address the etiology and dynamics of social problems and social needs.
  • Evaluate the role of research and evaluation in social work in improving social interventions and advancing theory development.
  • Apply ethical decision making and practices in social work.

More about our PhD in Social Work program

  • Career Options

    Depending on your specialization, Walden's PhD in Social Work will prepare you to move forward with a career as a:*

    • Researcher
    • Educator/professor/faculty member
    • Supervisor or evaluator in the social work field
    • Policy analyst

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    An MSW is required for entrance into the PhD in Social Work program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Social Work program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Social Work at Walden?

  • Learn From Leaders

    We have an expert faculty composed of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience.

  • Face-to-face Residencies

    Interact with your peers and faculty to expand your clinical skills.

  • Exceptional Student Support

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.



“My mentor was my first-year advisor and my dissertation chair. This was an excellent relationship."

Jack Monell | PhD in Human Services Graduate