Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Study
Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers doctoral programs directed toward advanced study of human communication sciences and disorders.  Doctoral programs of study are designed to meet the individual needs of students preparing for research, teaching, clinical, and administrative careers.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Admission to the doctoral program in communicative sciences and disorders requires a minimum of a master's degree or the equivalent that focused on human communication sciences and disorders; evidence of high academic achievement; a minimum of three letters of recommendation (submitted on forms supplied by the department) attesting to the student's academic abilities and achievements, and to the student's potential for doctoral–level academic and research success; and approval of the department.  Students must also submit a statement of purpose clearly specifying why they wish to pursue a doctoral degree. 

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Students must meet the requirements specified below:

  1. Complete core courses covering the areas of speech and hearing sciences, and related instrumentation; neuroanatomy and physiology; and psycholinguistics.
  2. Complete courses and experiences addressing the following areas of research:
    a.    Statistical analysis of data.
    b.    Research design and methodology.
    c.    Research practicum.
  3. Complete an approved major area of study of human communication sciences and disorders that includes courses and experiences which are thematically related.
  4. Complete an approved minor or cognate area of study outside the department which is thematically related to and aligned with human communication sciences and disorders.
  5. Pass a written and oral comprehensive examination addressing the preceding requirements.
  6. Successful completion and oral defense of a dissertation based upon original research that represents a contribution to the scientific knowledge base of human communication sciences and disorders.