Curriculum and Degree Information

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Students completing a Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences can expect the following:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the research literature (including critical reading & thinking) in one or more areas of specialization from one or more areas of the program: Speech, Language, or Hearing Sciences. These areas, will include, but not be limited to:
    • First and Second Language Acquisition
    • Multilingual Speech Language Development and Disorders
    • Cross‐linguistic Speech and Language Development and Disorders
    • Neurobiology of Language Development and Developmental Language Disorders
    • Neurobiology of Adult Language Disorders and Normal Aging
    • Language Processing in Children and Adults (Developmental Psycholinguistics)
    • Dyslexia in Children and Adults
    • Childhood Language Disorders (e.g., Specific Language Impairment, Autism, Hearing Impairment)
    • Production and Perception of Speech
    • Neurophysiology of Hearing
    • Pediatric Hearing Impairment
    • Adult Hearing Impairment

      Assessment and learning opportunities: First Examination; Second Examination; Second Level Project; Dissertation Seminar; 8000 level seminars and directed readings; independent studies; Dissertation; adviser and committee mentoring.
  2. Demonstrate competence in research design and statistics.

    Assessment and Learning opportunities: Grades of B or Higher in two doctoral level statistics courses and in Advanced Research Design. Successful completion of First Exam, successful completion of second level research project, and dissertation; mentoring in laboratories, laboratory meetings, colloquia.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of research ethics.

    Assessment and Learning Opportunities: Responsible Conduct of Research Course; Professional Issues course; Pass CITI Training; writing of IRB proposals; mentored laboratory assignments; colloquia; dissertation seminar.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Instrumentation and software for research and implement specific instrumentation tools in their research.

    Assessment and Learning Opportunities: Instrumentation Course; second level project; laboratory meetings and mentoring; research practice; colloquia; dissertation seminar; dissertation.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and write grant proposals.

    Assessment and learning opportunities: Professional Issues course; laboratory meetings; mentoring by adviser; internal doctoral research grants.

  6. Demonstrate appropriate oral presentation skills for the presentation of research reviews and new research as well as for teaching and for answering focused questions from different audiences.

    Assessment and learning opportunities: First examination presentation; presentations in 8000 level seminars; second level research project presentation; presentations at Dissertation Seminar; dissertation-defense presentation; presentations in laboratory meetings; mentored presentations at professional meetings; teaching course; mentored adjunct experiences.

  7. Demonstrate basic professional writing skills that include the ability to write an original, synthesized and critical review of the literature in a given area of scholarship.

    Assessment and learning opportunities: First examination; second level project - written requirement; papers in 8000 level courses; Professional Issues course; dissertation proposal, dissertation.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to write scholarly articles for publication and an understanding of the publication process in the students’ areas of specialization.

    Assessment and learning opportunities: Second level project; Professional Issues course; dissertation; mentoring by adviser; mentored publication in peer-reviewed journals.

1.    The Ph.D. degree requires completion of at least 60 credits of approved graduate coursework (post-baccalaureate).

Students may transfer a maximum of 30 hours of credit from other universities. Acceptance or validation of transfer credit toward the Ph.D. is the responsibility of the Executive Officer.

2.    Students must complete a required set of 700-level courses: statistics (6 credits), doctoral research (3 credits), instrumentation (3 credits), three (9 credits) basic science courses (speech science, language science, hearing science), professional issues (2 credits), and the responsible conduct of research (research ethics; 1credit).

3.    Students must complete at least five 800-level courses in the discipline exclusive of Independent Study. One of the five 800-level courses may be taken outside of the department. Courses in related disciplines may be taken in addition to, not in lieu of, these five courses.

4.    Students must maintain a GPA at or above 3.0.  If a student’s GPA is below 3.0 for two semesters, then he/she will be dropped from the Program.

5.    Students must pass the First Examination. The first draft of the exam must be submitted to the student’s advisor by January 31st of the student’s second year. Then the 1st exam process has to be finished by the end of that semester. Students may not continue in the program after completing 45 graduate credits if they have not passed the First Examination.

6.    Students must complete a full-time year (two consecutive semesters) in residence within the first three years of matriculation in the program. During the residence year, students must spend at least 15 hours/week in their advisor’s lab.

7.    Students must complete a pre-dissertation research project under the supervision of a faculty member prior to candidacy (level III).

8.    Students must pass the Second Examination prior to candidacy (level III).

9.    Candidates must enroll in Dissertation Seminar every semester until their dissertation proposal has been approved by their dissertation committee.

10.    Candidates must submit a dissertation that has been supervised and approved by a dissertation committee. It is defended before the dissertation committee and an outside examiner. Students must pass the Final Exam which is the Dissertation Defense and have their dissertation approved by their committee before they can deposit it.

Find 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, and other variables.

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