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 a bachelor’s degree, 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; Au.D. 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.
Program Guide Beyond the Baccalaureate Level
Upon admission, the student and his or her advisor 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 advisor 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:
- The majority of course requirements (defined by the advisory committee) in the student's emphasis area (a minimum of 40 hours graduate credit hours in the major interest, which may include hours accumulated toward a master's degree.
- 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);
- A minimum of 12 graduate hours in a correlative area outside the student’s major emphasis; and
- Satisfactory performance on annual reviews by the doctoral advisory committee; and
- Satisfactory performance on a written preliminary examination encompassing the student's emphasis area and research skill.
Students also must complete the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook of the Intercampus Program.
After the student has passed the 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 located on the IPCD webpage.
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 Ph.D. requirements outlined above. Work toward the maters or clinical doctorate degrees can be completed in conjunction with that for the Ph.D. Students desiring clinical training and certification will complete the M.A. Speech-Language Pathology and Ph.D. degrees or the Au.D./Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree.
Students entering with a graduate degree will complete the Ph.D. requirements outlined above with some adjustments based on relevant skills acquired during prior graduate study.
Refer to the departmental webpage for a chart of specific requirements for each pathway to the Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.