PhD Program

New program — application to open late fall 2019

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The PhD in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) is designed to educate future members of the SLHS professoriate, industry researchers and clinical practitioners. The program provides education and training in research and teaching related to human communication sciences and disorders.

The translational nature of the program involves applying basic science findings to real-world problems in SLHS domains. Department faculty specialize in a wide range of research expertise: cognition, language, speech production and perception, hearing loss, rehabilitation and the psychosocial impact of communication disorders.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to produce original research, be effective teachers and communicate their expertise to a variety of audiences.

The program will begin accepting applications in late fall 2019 for enrollment in the fall 2020 semester.


Program of Study

Depending on their interests, academic background and career goals, students can complete this PhD program in three to five years:

  • Enroll with 30 credits from a Master’s degree → 3 years minimum in the PhD program
  • Enroll with a BA in non-Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) field → 4 years minimum
  • Enroll with a BA in SPHR and get an MA in SLP along the way → 5 years minimum

The program curriculum includes coursework/credits in research tools and experience (e.g., Research Rotation, Statistical Applications for Translational Research), a chosen area of specialization (e.g., Autism, Neurogenic Disorders) and teaching experience in the discipline.


Research Areas and Labs

Department faculty conduct multidisciplinary research on a number of topics within and across four main research areas:

Neurological Disorders and Neuroscience

Applied Communication Sciences and Disorders

Development, Cognition and Learning

Perception and Hearing Science