The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Disorders provides an education in the methods of scholarship, teaching, and research. Students will obtain skills required for the creation and dissemination of basic and applied research in areas related to communication sciences and disorders. Pertinent experiences in the doctoral program include additional study in another field that is related to 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 (teaching, research, and writing).
The departmental 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. Research and teaching experiences may be obtained at any point along this path.
A strong advisory system is maintained for all Ph.D. students for 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 one additional faculty member who will serve on the student's advisory committee. The members of the advisory committee may or may not ultimately serve as members of the student's dissertation committee.