Ph.D. Program Plan Summary

The Ph.D. student must complete graduate level course work in various areas in keeping with the following minimum requirements.

Major Area (33 credit minimum)

The major area is the primary focus of the student's doctoral study and research. Current specialization options are within either speech-language pathology or audiology.

Required Distribution of Course Work and Credits

Courses can be taken within and outside the Department of Communication Disorders as long as they are consistent with the major area. A minimum of 6 credits (excluding independent studies) must be taken within the department. All courses must carry graduate level credits.

Independent Studies: A minimum of 6 graduate credits must be taken within the department; however, no more than 9 graduate credits can be counted toward meeting the 33-credit minimum in the graduate area.

Dissertation: A maximum of 18 credits can be counted toward the major area requirement (the Graduate School requires registration of at least 10 and no more than 18 dissertation credits).

Minor Area (15 credit minimum)

The minor area is a clearly defined field of study that is outside the Department of Communication Disorders. Course work need not be limited to offerings in a single department as long as all courses elected fit into a clearly defined minor area of study.

Research Skills (12 credit minimum)

  • Statistics (6 credit minimum)
  • Optional: Competence in the use of computers (3 credits)

Teaching Experience (no credit)

Prior to completion of the dissertation, the student must either 1) teach one undergraduate course in the Department of Communication Disorders, or 2) participate in the team teaching of two courses in the Department of Communication Disorders. In either case, the student will complete the teaching experience requirement under the close supervision and mentorship of a faculty member within the Department of Communication Disorders.

Comprehensive Examination

At the completion of the majority of course work, the Ph.D. candidate will be required to take a comprehensive examination consisting of a written test followed by an oral defense. The dissertation is undertaken following successful completion of the comprehensive examination and the formal appointment of a dissertation committee by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Graduate Program Director.

Doctoral Dissertation

A dissertation prospectus must be accepted by the student's dissertation committee and submitted to the Graduate School prior to the start of the dissertation work, and the completed dissertation must be defended in the form of an oral committee examination conducted by the student's committee prior to the submission of the final copy of the dissertation to the Graduate School.