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Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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 45 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.

View the handbook for the PhD in Communications Sciences and Disorders program here.

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