Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

A total of 72 credits are required for the degree. Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree in a related field must complete a minimum of 72 graduate credits. Students entering the program with a prior master’s degree in speech–language pathology (SLP) or a related field may request to transfer in a maximum of 30 credits toward degree requirements. If 30 credits are approved for transfer, a minimum of 42 credits must be completed. With permission of the department, students entering with a bachelor’s in SLP who wish to complete the clinical master’s degree in addition to the PhD must complete all requirements for the masters (42 credits), plus the PhD program requirements.


A minimum of 45 credits, but no more than 60, must be completed in pre-candidacy. The remainder of the 72 credits needed for the degree may be taken during candidacy.
Program specialization courses
SPHR 8100 Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan
SPHR 8200 Research Methods, Grant Writing, and Ethics
SPHR 8201 Research Rotation
Research tools
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6275Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
SPHR 8300 Statistical Applications for Translational Research
Professional skills
SPHR 8202 Teaching Rotation
SPHR 8203 Doctoral Seminar Leadership
SPHR 8999 Dissertation
A minimum of 8 credits in elective courses selected from the following:
SPHR 6205Professional and Clinical Issues in Speech and Hearing
SPHR 6207Diagnostic Procedures in Speech and Hearing
SPHR 6210Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SPHR 6220Disorders of Articulation and Phonology
SPHR 6222Acquired Neuromotor Disorders of Speech Production
SPHR 6230Pediatric Language and Speech Disorders I
SPHR 6231Pediatric Language and Speech Disorders II
SPHR 6240Neurogenic Communication Disorders
SPHR 6241Applied Neuroanatomy
SPHR 6251Seminar: Speech Fluency Disorders
SPHR 6260Voice Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment
SPHR 6276Aural Rehabilitation
SPHR 6281Dysphagia
SPHR 6282Augmentative Communication and Computer Applications in Communication Disorders
SPHR 6284Autism
SPHR 6295Independent Research in Speech, Language, and Hearing
SPHR 6291Selected Topics in Speech–Language Pathology (Aging)
Other requirements
Successful completion of the general examination.


A student who successfully completes at least 45 credits of graded coursework, completes all additional departmental requirements, and passes the general examination is eligible to enter the candidacy phase of the doctoral program. Students must complete minimum of 12 credits in SPHR 8999 Dissertation, as well as any other remaining credits. After candidacy, students proceed to completing their doctoral research plan and writing the dissertation. Successful completion of a final dissertation defense and oral examination are required to earn the PhD degree.