Temple University

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to conduct original research in the field of speech-language pathology and make valuable contributions to the field. Our graduates are leaders in the areas of teaching, research, administration, and clinical services. View Curriculum

Specializations include:

  • Child Language Processes and Problems
  • Contextual Use of Language
  • First or Second Language-Learning Issues
  • Effects of Brain Damage on Language Function
  • Voice Use

Doctoral students are required to complete 72 credits in graduate coursework related to a defined area of specialization, plus a maximum of 18 credits of dissertation research after being elevated to candidacy. Depending on the area of emphasis, students may be required to demonstrate knowledge of a second language. After finishing coursework, all students take a preliminary examination covering the student's primary academic areas. Doctoral candidates must complete and orally defend a dissertation based on original research. Specific course requirements are determined by the student's advisory committee and may include courses both inside and outside the department.