*Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
Areas of Study
Choose the area of study that best filters our online doctoral degree programs to your interests.
Business and Management
If you want to become a more effective manager and decision-maker to help your organization thrive, an online doctoral degree program in management and business can help you gain the skills to do so.
Whether you want to lead emergency management efforts or be a change agent for ethical and social justice issues, an online doctoral program in criminal justice can prepare you to foster safer communities.
Our online doctoral degree programs in education are designed to enhance your career in teaching or administration, from pre-K to college. Connect with nationally recognized education experts, policymakers, and scholar-practitioners who are driving change and influencing the future of education.
Our online doctoral degree programs in psychology and counseling can prepare those dedicated to social change to positively impact the lives of those struggling with mental health, behavioral, and relationship issues.
The School of Health Sciences provides innovative educational programs using a scholar-practitioner model to equip a diverse array of learners as social change agents who will promote, educate, motivate, and advocate for healthy communities. Our various health sciences and public health doctoral programs will help you advance in your career while making contributions to your field.
Walden’s School of Public Policy and Administration is dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s public sector and nonprofit leaders to advance the public good in communities around the world. Prepare to meet the growing demand for public service professionals at the national, state, and local levels with one of our online public policy and administration doctoral degree programs.
Our online doctoral degree programs in social work and human services equip students with interdisciplinary knowledge of assessments, intervention strategies, and evaluation methods that will enhance their skills in practice, collaboration, and advocacy for underserved global populations.
In recent years, online education has become increasingly commonplace as more and more universities put their courses online. In a 2015 survey conducted by Walden University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 89% of surveyed employers of Walden graduates reported that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Walden graduate employed at their organization. When deciding where to earn your doctoral degree online, be sure to choose an accredited institution.
Why earn a doctorate?
When you earn a doctorate, you will be well prepared for career advancement and new opportunities. Because only a very small percentage of the U.S. population holds a doctoral degree, which is the highest educational attainment possible, you’ll be in an elite group of achievers. Earning your doctorate can also position you for salary increases, give you highly marketable skills, help you become a true expert in your field, and better position you for leadership roles.
What is the difference between a professional doctorate and a PhD?
The professional doctorate and PhD degrees are considered terminal degrees, meaning you have achieved the highest formal degree in the field. A PhD is an academic degree focused on original research, data analysis, and the evaluation of theory. A professional doctorate focuses on applying research to practical problems, formulating solutions to complex issues, and designing effective professional practices within your field.
How do I balance the time needed to earn a doctorate with my personal and professional responsibilities?
If you’ve made the decision to earn your degree, you may be wondering how you’ll keep up with your online education while balancing work and family commitments. Time management is an important place to start—and these strategies are surprisingly effective. Follow the tips that work best for you:
Choose a degree program that offers flexibility.
Involve your family and friends in your plans to earn a degree.
Assess your strengths, weaknesses, and even how to spend your time.
Ask for help when you need it.
Prioritize your education and use a planner to schedule specific times to do your coursework.
Make daily task lists to organize your studies.
Create a space to study.
Set milestones toward your goals.
Avoid distractions, and learn to say no.
Remember your motivation.
What is an academic residency and why is it important to my doctoral program?
Academic residencies, skills labs, and pre-practica are face-to-face or virtual learning experiences that align with your online coursework to enhance your skill development, scholarship, and professional practice. Required for most doctoral programs, residencies also provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with other students, staff, and faculty members. Academic residencies can be held virtually or at any location around the world.
What are some tips for completing the dissertation or capstone project? residency and why is it important to my doctoral program?
Procrastination can get the best of many of us when it comes to competing a dissertation or capstone project. So, how do you position yourself for success? Consider these best practices:
Consider working with a mentor if you’re not already doing so.
Set deadlines for yourself.
Create an accountability chart.
Split up larger tasks into smaller ones.
Partner with another student and encourage each other’s work.
Never hesitate to use the resources supplied by your university. Most good ones have student support services for doctoral students.