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Walden University offers more than 65 degree programs with more than 330 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology.


The university was founded in 1970 by two teachers who sought a way for adults in the workforce to pursue their doctoral degrees. Bernie and Rita Turner laid the groundwork for the university, in collaboration with Harold “Bud” Hodgkinson, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. One year earlier, Hodgkinson had published “Walden U.: A Working Paper,” an article that initiated the concept of a student-centered university. Brought together by a shared vision of a new kind of institution for higher education—one that focused on positive social change and allowed professionals to continue working while earning a degree—the educators named their institution “Walden University.”


Walden is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The online business degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

As an accredited institution, Walden University is eligible to participate in federal educational programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the GI Bill and corporate tuition assistance. Credits and degrees earned through Walden are therefore recognized by private industry and by the military and federal government for promotion, assignment and position qualification standards.


Walden University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. At the bachelor’s level, accounting, business administration and communications are offered online. At the master’s level, Walden offers programs in business administration, accounting, accounting and management, human resource management, leadership, management and project management. Walden offers a DBA and a doctoral program in management online as well.


Prospective students must complete an online application and supply employment history, official transcripts and applicable test scores as part of the admissions process for Walden University. Higher level degree have additional requirements such as previous work experience.

Student Resources

Walden University offers personal advisers, library and research support, technical assistance and tutoring to all online students.

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