Connected to
Public Good

Mission of Advancing Social Change

Walden University, founded in 1970, predominantly delivers education programs in an online format. The university provides a diverse community of working professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.

Focused on Graduate Education

Walden is predominantly an online graduate institution with more than 85% of its students enrolled at the master’s and doctoral degree levels.*The university offers over 80 programs including those in education, counseling, management, psychology, public health, social work and human services, nursing, public administration and public policy, and information technology.

*Based on Fall 2017 enrollment data


Walden University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission Additionally, several of its programs have earned individual accreditation from national accrediting agencies:

  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, named for the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018. 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. For more information, please refer to
  • The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, 1-202-887-6791.
  • The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; and MS in School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • The BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The BS and MS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
  • The MS in Project Management program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs.
  • The BS in Information Technology program is accredited by ABET, the internationally recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Walden has also received the following designation:

  • Walden University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security through the year 2019.

Additionally, Walden’s support services for students and faculty have been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and received OLC Effective Practice Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018.


Walden University is a Certified B Corporation®, which signifies that a company has met standards of social and environmental impact, accountability, and transparency assessed against the proprietary criteria established by B Lab®, an independent nonprofit organization.

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High Levels of Community Engagement

More than 29,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Walden community and Laureate International Universities network participated in Global Days of Service in October 2017, helping to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide through more than 150 service projects totaling more than 280,000 volunteer hours.

Walden alumni have a 66% average rate of volunteerism, compared with the national average among college graduates of 39%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016).

‡2017 Walden Alumni Satisfaction Survey; % calculated on total number of respondents to Walden’s 2017 survey. Comparison data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was reported last on February 25, 2016, using data gathered between September 2014 and September 2015.

Innovative Leaders in Distance Education


In 2015, Walden University introduced Tempo Learning®, a competency-based education experience for students who want to earn a degree on their terms. The initial program offered through Tempo Learning was the MS in Early Childhood Studies, which was also the nation’s first competency-based master’s early childhood education program. Walden continues to expand its competency-based education offerings, including both degree and certificate programs.

Diverse and Inclusive

  • The university has a total enrollment of more than 55,000 students as of December 31, 2017. Students reside in all 50 states and in more than 150 countries.§
  • The average age of a Walden student is 40.§
  • Walden’s student population is 46% minority and 75% female.§
  • Walden University is ranked No. 1 for conferring graduate degrees in multiple disciplines to African-American students and all minority students combined, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 2017 Top 100 Producers of Minority Graduate Degrees.**
  • Walden is No. 1 among 370 accredited U.S. institutions for awarding doctorates to African Americans, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation.††
  • According to the 2016 Walden University Study: Career and Well-Being Outcomes, conducted by Gallup, Walden University masters and doctoral graduates are thriving and advancing in their careers. Gallup conducted web surveys of Walden masters and doctoral degree holders and a nationally representative sample of graduate degree holders, including an online comparison group. This study finds Walden alumni reflect a more diverse population than the other graduate degree holders surveyed, and the results demonstrate that Walden’s graduates fare well not only when compared with other online graduates, but also with graduate programs nationally.
  • Most notably, among graduates who have been promoted, achieved a salary raise or changed careers since obtaining their graduate degrees, Walden graduates are more likely to cite their degree as being important to getting promoted (81% vs. 76% online comparison group or 70% nationally), achieving a salary raise (74% vs. 71% and 69% respectively), and successfully changing careers (82% vs. 76% for each of the two groups).‡‡

§Fall 2017 enrollment data

**Source: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions, on the internet at

††Survey of Earned Doctorates, National Science Foundation, “Table 9: Top 20 doctorate-granting institutions ranked by number of minority U.S. citizen and permanent resident doctorate recipients, by race and ethnicity of recipient: 5-year total, 2011–15,” on the internet at The survey included 370 accredited U.S. institutions. The population for the 2015 SED consists of all individuals receiving a research doctorate from a U.S. academic institution in the 12-month period beginning 1 July 2014 and ending 30 June 2015. Recipients of professional doctoral degrees are not included in the SED.

‡‡ Results from the Gallup-Walden Study of graduate degree holders are based on web surveys conducted in early 2016. The online comparison group refers to graduate degree holders who completed at least half of their graduate courses online and who were interviewed via the national graduate study.

Demonstrated Financial Aid Outcomes

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Education, Walden’s 2014 three-year cohort default rate of 7.5% is below the 11.5% national average student loan default rate. The most recent default rate data represent the cohort of borrowers whose first loan repayments were due between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014, and who defaulted between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2016. The data were collected from 6,173 participating institutions.§§

§§U.S. Department of Education on the internet at