Walden University is a private, for-profit specialized distance learning institution of higher education with main headquarters located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A leading accredited online university, Walden traces its beginnings to 1970 when it was founded by Bernie and Rita Turner, two New York teachers who collaborated with Harold Hodgkinson, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley, who like them envisioned a different kind of institution for higher education that would allow adults in the workforce to continue working while earning their doctoral degrees.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Walden University continues to develop quality online degree programs that advance its students’ knowledge and help them apply this knowledge to their professions. Offering online courses that are designed in a flexible format, Walden University offers Bachelor of Science; Master of Science; Master of Business Administration; Master of Public Administration; Master of Public Health, Education Specialist; Doctor of Education; Doctor of Business Administration; and Doctor of Philosophy in a wide-range of academic fields.
Walden’s Online University is divided into the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership; School of Management; School of Health Sciences; School of Nursing; School of Psychology; School of Public Policy and Administration; School of Counseling and Social Service; and Center for Undergraduate Studies.
Tuition and fees vary by degree because each degree program is designed to fit the specific needs of professionals in each field. Walden extends federal financial aid as well as scholarships and fellowships to students who qualify.
In 2009, Walden was recognized by the Online Education Database which ranked the university 2nd in the “Peer Web Citations” category and 4th in the “Scholarly Citations” category among online schools.