Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders


Ph.D. Degree Requirements: Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology

The Ph.D. programs in speech-language pathology and in audiology offer post-baccalaureate study of normal and disordered aspects of communication. Application materials must include verbal, quantitative, and analytical Graduate Record Examination scores. Students may be admitted with bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, or a clinical doctoral degree. Incoming students who have not completed a substantive graduate research project (e.g., a master’s thesis; AuD research project) must initiate a thesis-equivalent research project, under the direction of a three-member committee, during the first year of enrollment. This project must be completed before the comprehensive oral examination.

General Program Guide Beyond the Baccalaureate Level

Upon admission, the student and his or her adviser choose a doctoral advisory committee. This committee begins its function as soon as possible and approves the student’s program by no later than the end of the second semester of residence. The 3-person committee must include the student’s adviser and at least one additional member from the intercampus executive committee. The committee works with the student in planning a program consonant with the career goals of the student and the resources of the department. The committee is responsible for guiding the student’s progress through the selected program of study.

To meet general requirements, the Ph.D. aspirant must pass an oral comprehensive examination. Before being admitted to this examination, the student must have satisfied the following minimum requirements:

  1. A minimum of 24 graduate credit hours in the major interest, including enrollments in grant writing, directed teaching, and departmental colloquium with the remaining credits being approved by the doctoral advisory committee;
  2. 15 graduate hours in research skills, including at least one course in responsible scholarship (see research skills and responsible scholarship requirement as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook of the Intercampus Program);
  3. A minimum of 12 graduate hours in a correlative area outside the student’s major emphasis; and
  4. Satisfactory performance on annual reviews by the doctoral advisory committee
  5. Satisfactory performance on a written preliminary examination encompassing the student’s emphasis area and research skills.


After the student has passed the oral comprehensive examination, she or he must complete a research project approved by a committee of three faculty members and write a dissertation based on that research. The dissertation is expected to be a scholarly work that reflects the student’s ability to conduct independent, original research. A minimum of 10 hours of dissertation credit is required. Completion of the dissertation is followed by the final oral examination and defense of the dissertation. Additional information about the department and about faculty research interests is contained in a departmental brochure available upon request.

Refer to PhD Rrequirements 12-14-2012 for a more detailed description of PhD requirements.

Program Notes for Different Entry Paths

Students entering with an undergraduate degree will complete requirements for a masters or clinical doctoral degree in addition to the PhD requirements outlined above. Work toward the masters or clinical doctorate degrees can be completed in conjunction with that for the Ph.D. Students desiring clinical training and certification will complete the MA Speech-Language Pathology and PhD degrees or the AuD/PhD combined degree. Students who do not desire clinical certification in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology will complete additional coursework and research experiences in conjunction with the PhD degree.

Students entering with a graduate degree will complete the PhD requirements outlined above with some adjustments based on relevant skills acquired during prior graduate study.

Refer to Pathways Chart to PhD 12-14-2012 for a chart of specific requirements for each pathway to the PhD in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.


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