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Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. degree provides advanced, interdisciplinary research training in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a unique opportunity for integrated learning in our field. Students in the Ph.D. program develop the skills and expertise necessary to conceive and conduct innovative, independent research and to prepare for a career of lifelong scholarship.

All Ph.D. students complete a comprehensive exam, attend Research Seminars in the department, and conduct an independent doctoral thesis. The School's doctoral program follows a mentor model and students work closely with faculty supervisors who have international reputations in their respective areas.

There are two entry levels into the Ph.D. program: 

  • students who possess a Master’s-equivalent degree with thesis are admitted into the “regular” three-year Ph.D. program, with a minimum residency of six academic semesters; 
  • students with a Bachelor’s degree or non-thesis Master’s degree are admitted into a four-year Ph.D. program that begins with a qualifying year.  The qualifying year consists of courses in Statistics, a Research Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 6 credits of additional coursework in the department, and a first-year project guided by the student’s research supervisor.