Doctor of Philosophy in Speech and Hearing Science

Admission to the doctoral program requires completion of a bachelor's degree. The doctoral program is divided into three stages: Stage I, which includes the master's degree or its equivalent; Stage II, which is advanced course work and completion of all departmental requirements, with the exception of the dissertation defense and deposit; and Stage III, which is the conduct of the dissertation, its defense and deposit.

The program may be planned with specialization in many areas of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language or hearing science. Individual programs of study will be tailored to the student's area of scholarly and research interests and are planned by the student and the advisor. The minimum academic course requirements for this degree are 40 graduate hours of course work beyond those required for a master's degree or equivalent, a qualifying exam, and a dissertation.

The first two to four years of the doctoral program are typically devoted to course work, including the completion of an Early Research Project (ERP), in the area of concentration selected by the student. For students entering with a M.A./M.S., the ERP occurs early in Stage II and must be completed before the Qualifying Exam. For students entering the PhD program directly from a B.A./B.S. degree, the ERP may be undertaken and completed in Stage I or Stage II. In the middle of Stage II, students will take a Qualifying Exam. Successful completion of the Qualifying Exam provides evidence of the student's satisfactory progress toward scholarly independence and indicates the student is then qualified to begin the planning stages of a dissertation proposal. A preliminary exam on the dissertation proposal occurs at the end of Stage II and marks the transition to Stage III. The doctoral program culminations with a Final Exam/Dissertation Defense, and oral examination over a written document.

Entering with approved M.A./M.S. or Au.D. degree

3 courses in statistics-related areas 12
SHS 590History of CSD4
SHS 592Prosem Spch & Hear Sci2-4
SHS 594PhD Early Research Project6-8
One or two advanced 500-level seminars in SHS4
Restricted elective hours, not including SHS 594, SHS 594, SHS 599 18-12
SHS 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)24
Total Hours64

Other Requirements2

Other requirements may overlap
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0
1

Restricted elective courses, requiring approval by the mentor with input from the advising committee, are identified to support students’ individualized areas of study within the broad field of communication sciences and disorders. If minimum credits are completed in SHS 592/SHS 594, then the maximum of restricted electives are required. If maximum credits are taken in SHS 592/SHS 594, then the minimum of restricted electives are required.

2

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate programs and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with approved B.A./B.S. degree

3 courses in statistics-related areas 12
SHS 590History of CSD4
SHS 592Prosem Spch & Hear Sci2-4
SHS 594PhD Early Research Project8
One or two advanced 500-level seminars in SHS4
Restricted elective hours, not including SHS 592, SHS 594, SHS 599 140-42
SHS 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)24
Total Hours96

Other Requirements2

Other requirements may overlap
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0
1

Restricted elective courses, requiring approval by the mentor with input from the advising committee, are identified to support students’ individualized areas of study within the broad field of communication sciences and disorders. If minimum credits are completed in SHS 592/SHS 594, then the maximum of restricted electives are required. If maximum credits are taken in SHS 592/SHS 594, then the minimum of restricted electives are required.

2

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate programs and the Graduate College Handbook.