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About Walden University

At Walden, we believe that knowledge is most valuable when put to use in organizations, communities, and families. We offer over 65 online degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations, all designed to help professionals gain the knowledge they need to have a real impact in their lives and the lives of others.

Walden is distinguished by high academic standards, experienced faculty, and a rigorous curriculum. Our advanced degrees are intended to advance the quality of life not just for the Walden graduate, but for everyone he or she encounters. Our programs help students achieve personal enrichment and career advancement. Walden graduates, in turn, enrich and advance the lives of countless others they serve.

As an accredited institution with over 40 years of experience, Walden has graduated more than 55,000 alumni, all of whom now have the credentials and desire to make a real difference and be a force for good.

Featured Programs

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health

Online Learning

At Walden, we strive to create a supportive and comprehensive online learning environment. With convenient start dates throughout the year, you can begin your program when your schedule allows. As a Walden student, you’ll be introduced to the online classroom with a Student Readiness Orientation. This prepares you to study within our flexible online learning model, which allows you to complete your coursework on a weekly basis when and where it’s convenient for you. Walden’s courses feature MobileLearnSM, which allows you to access course materials on your smartphone or tablet.

Walden is an accredited institution, which reflects our commitment to upholding the highest standards of teaching and learning. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.

Students

Total Students

71,763

Student Ratio
Female 77%
Male 23%

Faculty

Total Faculty

381

Faculty/Student Ratio
18 : 1
 

Tuition

Estimated Cost

$13,010

Admissions

Total Applicants

Admitted

Enrolled

Test Scores

SAT Math

SAT Reading

SAT Writing

ACT Composite

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Education Programs

  • Ph.D. in Education
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • M.S. in Adult Learning
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies
  • M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • M.S. in Higher Education
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – accredited college, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement.

Earn your education degree from a university that is dedicated to increasing educator effectiveness and student achievement.

Our programs will connect you with nationally recognized education experts, master teachers, and scholar-practitioners.

An NCATE Accredited Institution

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington state students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

“I chose Walden University because of its reputation for providing a quality master's degree program that fosters growth in its students both in academics and in leadership.”- Valerie A. May
M.S. in Educaiton (M.S.Ed.) Graduate

Management and Technology

Business, Management and Technology Programs

  • Ph.D. in Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Executive EMBA
  • M.S. in Accounting
  • M.S. in Leadership
  • M.S. in Management
  • M.S. in Communication
  • M.S. in Accounting and Management
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management
  • M.S. in Project Management
  • M.S. in Information Systems
  • M.S. in Information Technology
  • M.S. in Information Systems Management
  • Master of Information Systems Management

Earn an ACBSP Accredited Degree

Walden University’s B.S. in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.), and Ph.D. in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

This accreditation reaffirms the quality of Walden’s programs and support services, as well as our commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. Earning an ACBSP-accredited degree can better prepare you to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Employers recognize the value of graduates of a program with educational standards modeled on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, used by businesses, government, and other organizations as a measure of quality.

“I chose to pursue my M.B.A. at Walden University for the distinguished reputation of its online programs. After careful research, I have found that this program suits my objectives uniquely and broadens my exposure to real-world situations.”- Celeste Steele
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Graduate

Nursing Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Public Health Programs

  • Ph.D. in Health Services
  • Ph.D. in Public Health
  • M.S. in Health Informatics
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • M.S. in Clinical Research Administration
  • Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.)

Discover how to positively affect lives and make a difference for your patients, your organization, and the future of healthcare with our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Collaborate with nurses around the country and with expert faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees. This CCNE-accredited program can position you to pursue a nursing leadership role or to continue your studies with a doctoral degree.

Reach the highest level of nursing practice and discover how to promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program gives you the credentials you need to assume a greater leadership role within a healthcare organization, and it can help you contribute to improved patient outcomes and healthcare delivery. You can build on your expertise to enhance patient care, gain the knowledge and skills needed to train the next generation of nurses, and translate theory into an advanced nursing practice that enriches the health of populations and communities.

CCNE Accredited Programs

Walden University’s MSN and BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791. CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses. For students, accreditation signifies program innovation and continuous self-assessment.

“I have referred family members and colleagues to Walden because this institution provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance.”- Lisa D. Stovel-Rolle
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Graduate

Social & Behavioral Science

Psychology Programs

  • Ph.D. in Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology

Counseling Programs

  • M.S. in Career Counseling
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services
  • M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
  • M.S. in School Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

M.S. In Mental Health Counseling

Prepare for a career in the counseling profession with Walden University’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. Examine a range of topics affecting the counseling field, including assessment, legal and ethical concerns, and intervention. This program also explores counseling techniques, including substance abuse counseling and career counseling. Prepare to make a positive change in your community and your organization through this CACREP-accredited online degree program.

Ph.D. in Psychology

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

State 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. 

Walden University's M.S. in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. The M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state- by- state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student's responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he or she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the student to obtain licensure.

Walden's M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation attests to the quality and relevancy of our program—a program that helps provide you with the skills and credibility to maximize your impact on your profession. In addition, earning a degree that is CACREP-accredited helps to streamline the licensing application process and provides you with an advantage when applying to doctoral programs.

“Walden has been a kaleidoscope of challenges, rewards, and contributions to my career and future position within society. Each class I took represented the depth of what I needed to learn and expanded my knowledge within forensic psychology.”- Ginger L. Jenkins
B.S. in Psychology Graduate and
M.S. in Forensic Psychology Student

Business, Management and Technology Programs

  • Ph.D. in Management
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Executive EMBA
  • M.S. in Accounting
  • M.S. in Leadership
  • M.S. in Management
  • M.S. in Communication

Masters of Science in Management

Walden’s M.S. in Management provides the skills you need to effectively advance your career in the government, nonprofit, or private sector.

From streamlining processes and systems to practical strategies for motivating people, this master’s program can empower you to:

  • Develop a strong practical approach to management.
  • Gain a complete and fundamental understanding of budgeting for nonfinancial managers.
  • Practice in timely, relevant assignments that reflect the most current management thinking.
  • Integrate legal and ethical considerations, human capital development, global awareness, and awareness of social change into your day-to-day management style.
  • Deepen your functional knowledge through a choice of seven optional specializations.

Masters of Business Administration Degree Programs

    Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - The Walden M.B.A. program is designed to provide the vital business fundamentals and leadership lessons you need to advance in today’s competitive global workplace, plus flexible options you can use to tailor the program to complement your professional goals.

    Executive Masters of Business Administration (E.M.B.A) -If you are an experienced business professional who wants to take their education to the next level, the online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program provides real-world, practical knowledge that you can apply immediately in the workplace. The MBA Program works towards identifying your personal leadership style and developing new leadership skills, allowing you to be better prepared to compete in complex global industries.

Walden's Masters of Business Administration

With Walden’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, you can put your education to work. Want to prepare for new possibilities? To grow in your field? The Walden M.B.A. curriculum is engineered to complement your career goals and aspirations. Special features such as CareerBoost, Walden’s signature career management tool, the program can help you grow—professionally and personally —and prepare you to confidently navigate and manage the challenges, opportunities, and change inherent in today’s global business environment.

Choose from 10 specializations, including aunique, Self-Designed option that allows you customize your area of interest to your professional goals. Credit for previous educational experience may be counted towards helping you to complete your degree faster. You can even receive a graduate-level certificate after completing the first four courses in the program, earning you a valuable credential while you work toward completing your M.B.A.

Walden's Executive Masters of Business Administration

The online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program provides experienced business professionals real-world, practical knowledge that you can apply immediately in the workplace while taking their education to the next level. By identifying your personal leadership style and cultivating new leadership skills, you will be better prepared to compete in complex global industries.

Walden’s Executive Master of Business Administration program can help you accelerate your career as a global business leader. The experience and skills you will gain through Walden’s Executive M.B.A. courses will help you take on a new leadership role with your current organization—or chart a leadership direction for your future.

This selective Executive M.B.A. degree program creates a diverse team environment in which experienced professionals can thrive on the exchange of new ideas and perspectives. With Walden’s online Executive M.B.A. program, you can:

  • Identify your leadership style through an in-depth self-assessment.
  • Create an effective professional development plan.
  • Explore international businesses and cultures to gain new insights you can apply to your organization.
  • Work with distinguished faculty members to establish new strategies for managing and motivating others in complex work environments.

Education Programs

  • Ph.D. in Education
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • M.S. in Adult Learning
  • M.S. in Early Childhood Studies
  • M.S. in Education (M.S.Ed.)
  • M.S. in Higher Education
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden is the college of choice for more than 55,000 students and alumni, including more than 80 state teachers of the year. Our online education degree programs give you the opportunity to learn from recognized education experts, policymakers, and scholars who are making a profound impact in the national and international education world.
  • At Walden, you’ll find online education degrees to meet a variety of career goals. Walden has programs to fit your needs, whether you're looking to pursue administrative or leadership roles, instruct adult learners in vocational or higher education settings, or teach children in grades preK–12. Our degree offerings let you select from a variety of specialized study areas, from early childhood studies and literacy to college teaching and learning.
  • Our online education programs provide you with effective, practical, research-based strategies for improving student achievement combined with enriching opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Designed to address the complex challenges facing education today, our online education degrees prepare you to solve real-world issues within your school or community.

Walden's Masters of Psychology

Prepare to apply the latest psychological research and theory to real-world problems whether you choose to work in a community agency, in a healthcare setting, or within the educational or social services systems. Walden’s master’s degree in psychology prepares you to pursue exciting new opportunities in the field.

Walden University’s M.S. in Psychology offers 12 different specializations so you can focus your learning on your unique interests and goals. Develop the skills and gain the knowledge you need to seek career advancement, help others, or even prepare for doctoral-level studies. This program is open to students of all undergraduate backgrounds, and provides a solid foundation in scientific methods and psychological principles. The redesigned M.S. in Psychology program offers enriched content and streamlined coursework—allowing you to complete your degree in as little as 15 months.

Degree Programs in Psychology and Counseling

Doctoral Programs:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology

Master’s Programs:

  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology
  • M.S. in Forensic Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology

Walden University's College of Psychology and Counseling

If you’re interested in pursuing an online psychology degree, Walden’s School of Psychology offers options at the both the master’s and doctoral levels. Our programs integrate theory and practice to equip you with skills that you can apply immediately in your profession.

Some of our online counseling degrees and online psychology degree programs utilize face-to-face residencies, which provide you with critical support during your master’s or doctoral journey. Held in various locations in the U.S. and other parts of the world, Walden residencies enable you to strengthen your research, writing, and critical thinking skills while collaborating with faculty, staff, and peers.

At Walden University, our online psychology degree programs and online counseling degrees are taught by faculty members with years of practical, real-world experience in their respective fields. Through challenging coursework and cooperative collaboration, our instructors create an effective and engaging learning environment that’s designed to facilitate your success.

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Specializations

  • Online Teaching in Higher Education
  • Justice Administration
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Law and Public Policy
  • General

Earn a Ph.D in Criminal Justice

Whether you aspire to be a leader or a teacher in the criminal justice arena, Walden University’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice online program can prepare you with the skills you need for career advancement. Benefit from the expertise of seasoned, doctoral-level instructors as you explore contemporary criminal justice theory and practice as well as the latest trends and issues facing the field today. In this doctoral program, you can select one of six optional specializations to align your program of study with your professional objectives. Reach a significant milestone in your career as you earn one of the most highly respected degrees in the criminal justice profession and prepare to lead change in the communities and organizations you serve.

- Laurie Jolly
Ph.D. Student

Walden University's College of Health Sciences

An online health sciences degree or online public health degree from Walden University will prepare you to pursue opportunities in a diverse array of environments, including healthcare services, research, and education. Graduates of our public health and health sciences programs are accomplished authors, teachers, advocates, and administrators who are making a difference in the lives of others.

Walden University’s School of Health Sciences features a distinguished faculty of researchers, scholars, and professionals with both private and public sector experience. They blend academic theory, experiential knowledge, and an eye towards latest trends and legislation to enhance your perspective on healthcare issues and practices.

Our online health sciences degree and online public health degree programs will empower you to promote positive change—in your organization, and in the world. Walden’s innovative scholar-practitioner model equips you with the competencies you need to educate, motivate, and advocate for healthier communities.

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Specializations

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Terrorism, Mediation and Peace

Earn a Ph.D in Criminal Justice

Stay at the forefront of this evolving field as you study the latest theories and explore today’s increasingly sophisticated criminal justice issues. Gain broad exposure to the field of criminal justice, including how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level. In the M.S. in Criminal Justice program at Walden University, you can explore a unique curriculum that combines criminal behavioral theory with technology, homeland security, and management skills that you can apply immediately on the job or use to advance your career.

- Jeff Lubsen
M.S Student

Degrees in Health Science

Doctoral Programs:

  • Ph.D. in Public Health
    • Ph.D. in Health Services

    Master’s Programs:

    • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
    • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • M.S. in Clinical Research Administration
    • M.S. in Health Informatics

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