Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders


The PhD program in Communication Sciences and Disorders offers advanced study and research training in speech, language and hearing. Research in the program concerns all aspects of human communication including studies of speech, language and hearing in typical individuals and in those with disorders affecting communication.

Areas of doctoral study include the physiological, neurological and psychological aspects of communication and on identifying, treating and preventing developmental and acquired communication disorders.

Career Options

Graduates seek positions in academic, clinical and research settings.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Admission to a doctoral program is based on a review of the applicant's transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and narrative description of research interests and career goals. In addition to academic requirements, the admissions committee weighs heavily the match between the applicant's research interests and the research areas available to students in the school. For information about faculty research interests, see our web pages at

GPA: Required

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores required

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Applications for admission are due December 1. Students are accepted for the Fall semester only.