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Path to Degree

The following is a representative timeline for the Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Individual timelines may vary depending on students’ research projects, laboratory involvement, student productivity, etc.

Year 1

  • Take 3 required courses per semester
  • Select primary advisor
  • Enroll in additional courses that are related to your research interest
  • Join a research laboratory and become involved in ongoing projects
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
  • Prepare your proposal for First Examination, which is due during year 2
  • Attend colloquia


Year 2

  • Take remaining required courses and electives (3 courses per semester)
  • Take the First Examination
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
  • Start working on your pre-dissertation project
  • Apply for various funding opportunities at the GC and elsewhere (e.g., Doctoral Student Research Grant)
  • Become involved in ongoing projects in your lab and co-author presentations and journal articles
  • Consider presenting a paper at a professional meeting/conference
  • Attend colloquia
  • Optional: teaching at college level


Year 3

  • Complete all coursework
  • Complete and present your pre-dissertation project
  • Present the findings from your pre-dissertation project at a national/international conference
  • Prepare manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journal
  • Be involved in ongoing projects in your lab
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
  • Prepare for Second Examination
  • Apply for various funding opportunities at the GC and elsewhere (e.g., Doctoral Student Research Grant)
  • Attend colloquia
  • Optional: teaching at college level


Year 4

  • Take Second Examination and move to level 3
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
  • Select members of your dissertation committee
  • Prepare dissertation proposal
  • Participate in Dissertation Seminar
  • Apply for dissertation research funding within and outside the GC
  • Present paper(s) at national/international conference(s)
  • Be involved in ongoing projects in your lab and co-author presentations and journal articles
  • Attend colloquia
  • Optional: teaching at college level


Year 5

  • Conduct dissertation research
  • Apply for dissertation research funding within and outside the GC
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
  • Present paper(s) at national/international conference(s)
  • Be involved in ongoing projects in your lab and co-author presentations and journal articles
  • Attend colloquia
  • Optional: teaching at college level


Year 6

  • Complete and defend your dissertation
  • Revise and deposit your dissertation
  • Assemble letters and CV for job search
  • Start job interviews/apply for jobs and postdoctoral positions
  • Prepare papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals based on your dissertation