Description

Walden University's Ph.D. in Psychology program combines rigorous academics and original research so that you can build the skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs of a diverse world. This program follows a scholar-practitioner model that encourages you to integrate scholarly research with your practical expertise. Taught by respected researchers and experts in the field, courses in this online doctoral program will prepare you to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, non-profit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Specializations

Choose from specializations that are designed to meet your individual needs and interests.

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Why choose the Organizational Psychology specialization?

The Organizational Psychology specialization teaches you how to successfully optimize the performance in organizations. Deepen your knowledge of workplace and organizational behaviour, and develop practical expertise in selection, performance management, motivation, work attitudes, leadership, and organizational behaviour. Identify how organizational effectiveness can be improved through various professional strategies such as: hiring practices, reward systems, feedback, synergistic work environments. Learn how to best support employee well-being.

Note on Licensure

Walden University offers some Ph.D. in Psychology specializations that lead to professional licensure and others that do not. Contact an enrollment advisor for assistance in evaluating whether your chosen specialization can lead to professional licensure in your state.

Learning Outcomes

Depending on their chosen specialization students will be able to:

  • Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology and their impact on the human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  • Present and understand the history of psychology in the chosen specialization.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of treatments.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing models of psychotherapy, counselling, consultation, or supervision.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality assessment skills.
  • Develop relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.
  • Engage in personal self-assessment to examine their feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding their own and others’ world-view.
  • Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes.
  • Demonstrate awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events affect human psychology.

Career options

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your chosen specialization, may include:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Director of career services
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Human resources manager

Contents

Completion Requirements

  • 106 total quarter credits
    • Courses (76 cr.)
    • Elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)

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

Audience

The educational and life goals of the students in Walden’s graduate and undergraduate programs are as diverse and unique as the students themselves. Our students are committed to pursuing an education that can open doors to personal and professional achievement.

Lecturers

Walden’s world-class faculty members enrich the online university’s learning community with their wide range of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. They are gifted instructors and expert mentors who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. As active participants in your learning, our faculty is eager to help you succeed.

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


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Requirements

Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
  • A masters degree or higher
  • Applicable test scores
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • List of transfer credits

Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree or a comparable university degree in Psychology in which sufficient research training has been completed to pursue doctoral training. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

Excellent grades are expected. Applicants who do not have graduated yet at the time of the application deadline, but who expect to graduate before the beginning of the program, can also apply for admission subject to timely graduation.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

Three years of related professional or academic experience.

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet

More

Accreditation

At Walden, our goal is to help you reach yours. From your first inquiry about your online program, through every step in your studies, you can benefit from our wide range of student support services designed to help you succeed in attaining your degree online.

Founded in 1970, Walden University is a global leader in student-centred online education. A regionally accredited institution in the United States, Walden University attracts a community of extraordinary students and faculty from around the world.

Our quality online programs feature nationally recognized experts, accomplished faculty, and visionary leaders—all professionals who are dedicated to upholding the university’s high academic standards.

Mission

Walden University’s mission is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change. Three values—quality, integrity, and student-centred approach—are at the core of the university. A commitment to these values demands high standards of excellence, uncompromising openness and honesty, and primary attention to the progress of our students.

Credentials

Accreditation is an important hallmark of quality. When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degrees from accredited universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The North Central Association is a U.S. membership organization for educational institutions that was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.

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