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Doctor of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements: Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology

The Ph.D. programs in speech-language pathology and in audiology offer post-baccalaureate study of normal and disordered aspects of communication. Application materials must include verbal, quantitative, and analytical Graduate Record Examination scores. Students may be admitted with bachelor’s degrees, although most have some form of master’s degree. Incoming students who do not have master’s degrees, or the equivalent, and students who have nonthesis master’s degrees must initiate a thesis-equivalent research project, under the direction of a three-member committee, during the first year of enrollment. This project must be completed before the comprehensive oral examination.

Program Guide Beyond the Baccalaureate Level

Upon admission, the student and his or her adviser choose a doctoral advisory committee. This committee begins its function as soon as possible and approves the student’s program by no later than the end of the second semester of residence. The 3-person committee must include the student’s adviser and at least one additional member from the intercampus executive committee. The committee works with the student in planning a program consonant with the career goals of the student and the resources of the department. The committee is responsible for guiding the student’s progress through the selected program of study.

To meet general requirements, the Ph.D. aspirant must pass an oral comprehensive examination. Before being admitted to this examination, the student must have satisfied

  1. The majority of course requirements (defined by the advisory committee) in the student’s emphasis area (a minimum of 40 graduate credit hours in the major interest, which may include hours accumulated toward a master’s degree);
  2. 15 graduate hours in research;
  3. A minimum of 12 graduate hours in a correlative area outside the student’s major emphasis; and
  4. Satisfactory performance on a written preliminary examination encompassing the student’s emphasis area and research skills.

Students also must complete the FLORS or research skills and responsible scholarship requirement as outlined in the Ph.D. Handbook of the Intercampus Program.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

After the student has passed the comprehensive examination, she or he must complete a research project approved by a committee of three faculty members and write a dissertation based on that research. The dissertation is expected to be a scholarly work that reflects the student’s ability to conduct independent, original research. A minimum of 10 hours of dissertation credit is required. Completion of the dissertation is followed by the final oral examination and defense of the dissertation. Additional information about the department and about faculty research interests is contained in a departmental brochure available upon request.

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