Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in communication disorders provides an education in the methods of scholarship, teaching, and research. A student will obtain skills required for the objective maintenance, dissemination, and creation of basic and applied information in the sciences of communication disorders. Pertinent experiences in the doctoral program include additional study in another field that is related to the understanding of communication disorders, study of the basic methods of scientific investigation, and experience in the activities that are most typical of persons holding a doctoral degree. These experiences include teaching, research, and writing.

The department guidelines for doctoral study consist of procedures for planning a program of study, specification of minimum requirements for a program plan, including course work, research, and teaching experiences, procedures for completion of a comprehensive examination, and procedures for the conduct of the doctoral dissertation. These guidelines reflect the sequence of the major steps toward obtaining the doctoral degree. However, it should be noted that research and teaching experiences may be obtained at any point along this path.

The following guidelines were developed by the Department of Communication Disorders so that they would meet the needs of the audiology and speech-language professions, while at the same time being consistent with the general policies set forth by the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A strong advisory system is maintained for all Ph.D. students in order to aid curriculum, qualifying examination, and dissertation planning. Each student is assigned an advisor upon admission into the doctoral program. During the first semester of graduate study, the advisor, in consultation with the student, identifies two additional faculty members (one from within the department and one from outside the department) who will serve as the student's advisory committee, and the advisor will forward his/her recommendation as to the membership of the advisory committee to the Graduate Program Director. The members of the advisory committee may or may not ultimately serve as members of the student's dissertation committee.

Ph.D. Program Plan Summary

Tuition and fees

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