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Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD)

In the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, students conduct original research and prepare for leadership in academic institutions, administration and clinical services. The program emphasizes education in research methods that are appropriate to the student’s area of specialization and that allow the student to make original contributions to the field of communication sciences and disorders.

To learn more about the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

To apply for the Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD, you should have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, education, linguistics or psychology and should demonstrate previous coursework in statistics and probability.

We recommend that students contact faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to discuss their areas of interest and opportunities for mentored research before applying to the program.

Application Components

  1. Application: You will apply using SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents required below will all be submitted through the SOPHAS system.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from professors, employers or colleagues who can speak to your academic abilities. One of these letters should be from a previous professor, advisor or research supervisor.
  3. Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  4. Goals statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word statement of purpose articulating your background, academic and professional goals, and how your interests relate to the PhD program. Express which labs and professors you are interested in working with, and why.
  5. Expository writing sample: Submit a paper or excerpt that explores an academic topic in some depth, e.g. a thesis chapter, senior or master’s level research paper or conference paper.
  6. GRE: Your scores should fall at or above the 50th percentile in both quantitative and verbal sections. Official GRE scores should be sent to SOPHAS using code 0151.
  7. A current résumé or CV is required.

Additional requirements for international students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Fall term: Jan. 5