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Walden University Online


Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Walden University is a private specialized distance learning institution of higher learning. Walden University offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. degrees in a number of academic fields.
Walden University is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network. This leading, global network includes more than 270,000 students studying online at 25 institutions with 58 campuses around the world in 16 countries.
In January 2008, Walden University was ranked for a second time by U.S. News & World Report as having the largest online graduate program in education by enrollment. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Walden University as the third-largest online, graduate-level public health program by enrollment. With their focus on diversity, Walden University is a top producer of minority master’s and doctoral graduates, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


Walden University was established in 1970 by two New York teachers, Bernie and Rita Turner. They created a program for working adults to pursue doctoral degrees. In 1971, the first classes took place in Naples, Florida, focusing primarily on school administrators. These first classes were to allow the students to form dissertation topics with their faculty partners before returning home to work at their respective schools while also working on their dissertations. In 1972, Walden University awarded its first degrees. In 1979, the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board licensed Walden University to grant Ph.D.s and Ed.D.s in the state and in 1982 the school moved its headquarters to Minneapolis. In 1990, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited the University. In 1995, the university expanded its offering with the nation’s first fully online master’s program in education, offering a Master’s in Educational Change and Technology Innovation. In 2001, Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. purchased 41 percent of Walden University, then gaining a controlling interest in 2002. Sylvan Learning Systems became Laureate Education, Inc. in 2004.

Online Degrees

At Walden University, courses are offered online. Students can earn a Bachelor, Master, Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree entirely over the Internet. Colleges and Schools that are part of Walden University include the College of Education and Leadership; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; the College of Management and Technology; and the College of Health Sciences. For doctoral and some master’s programs where face-to-face residencies are required, these are offered at convenient times and locations across the country. Programs start at various times throughout the year so you can start when it is convenient for you. Depending on your program, online courses are offered in 16-week semesters or 12-week quarters. Courses offered have set start and finish dates.

Bachelor Degree programs include Child Development, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Psychology.

Graduate Degree programs include M.S. in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Information Systems Management, M.S. in Software Engineering, M.S. in Systems Engineering, Master of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, M.S. Degree Program in Clinical Research Administration, M.S. Program in Nursing, M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, M.S. in Psychology, Master of Public Administration, and M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Doctorate Programs include Ph.D. in Education, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Ph.D. in Health Services, Ph.D. in Public Health, Ph.D. in Human Services, Ph.D. in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.

Some of Walden University’s Ph.D. programs are course-based. This allows students to master vital concepts in a structured online classroom. Other programs use a mixed-model combination of courses and Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs) or focus primarily on KAMs, which emphasizes faculty-guided independent research. All Ph.D. programs incorporate face-to-face residencies, which are offered at convenient times and locations across the country, and finish with a dissertation.

Laureate International Universities Network Walden University is part of the Laureate International Universities Network. This network provides an advanced university experience for traditional and working-adult students worldwide through its leading international network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

Walden University and the Laureate International Universities Network share a commitment to helping their students reach their highest potential and supporting their achievement of personal and professional goals.

The Laureate International Universities Network strives to broaden access to university-level education to students and markets that have been faced with limited choices in the past. The Laureate International Universities Network not only helps fill the gap between supply and demand, but offers a network of post-secondary institutions that make it possible to deliver an international educational experience that is affordable.

Financial Aid

At Walden University, there are a number of financial aid options available to prospective students. These include Federal Financial Aid, Scholarships, Tuition-Reduction Opportunities, Private Educational Loans, Monthly Payment Plans, Higher Education Professional Development Program, and Veteran Benefits.

Federal Financial Aid

Types of Federal Aid available include Federal Stafford Loans; Federal Work-Study, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) for Undergraduate Students. Scholarships
Scholarships available include: Bachelor’s Studies Scholarship for new and continuing students; Commitment to Social Change Scholarship, for incoming students; Dave Palmer Military Scholarship, for active-duty U.S. military; Doctoral Studies Scholarship, for new and continuing students; Laureate International Universities Network Graduate Scholarship, for graduates of other network universities; Master’s Studies Scholarship (M.S. in Education), for new and continuing students; Master’s Studies Scholarship, for new and continuing students; National Public Service Scholarship, for new and continuing students; Post-Doctoral Studies Scholarship, for new and continuing students; and the Presidential Scholarship, for Walden master’s alumni pursuing doctorate.

Tuition and Fees

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