The Doctor of Philosophy degree offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) permits specialization in a variety of disciplinary domains. The doctoral curriculum provides an individualized broad-based education within which a specific area of scholarly expertise is developed and which culminates in a mentored program of basic or applied research. Experienced faculty advisors guide students through each stage of the program: Prospective Candidacy (completion of pre-dissertation coursework and the General Examination) and Candidacy (completion of the dissertation and satisfactory oral defense).
Doctoral competencies include mastery of skills developed through research, grant-writing, and teaching/supervision experiences. Students typically demonstrate these by successfully presenting or publishing independent research, completing an application for extramural funding, and receiving positive student/supervisor feedback from courses taught.
Students are encouraged to develop professional leadership skills through active participation in local, state, and national academic societies.
The interdisciplinary nature of learning is emphasized during doctoral education and students from a variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Full-time enrollment in doctoral study is strongly recommended as the preferred educational path.
Stipend and assistantship funds may be available for some full-time doctoral students.
Departmental faculty are committed to fostering productive and independent scholarship in a positive learning environment.