Prospective Students

Doctoral Program Objectives

The student is required to demonstrate knowledge and/or proficiency in the following core competencies before the doctoral degree is awarded:

Comprehensive depth and breadth of knowledge in program specialization

  • Develop core knowledge of critical concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks in a specialized area within Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)

  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective, and ability to assess how related fields merge and intersect with selected specialized area.

  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills in a selected specialized area within SLHS

Ability to conduct and communicate scholarly research

  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of statistical theory and experimental design required for conducting novel research in SLHS

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research projects within selected specialized area within SLHS

  • Develop the ability to communicate critical scientific information effectively in oral and written modalities

Professional skills in Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Develop excellence in teaching

  • Develop ability to procure funding for research and other scholarly pursuits

  • Develop understanding of research ethics and incorporate ethical standards in own research

  • Develop ability to evaluate disciplinary research and contribute to the scientific review process


In order to apply and be accepted into the doctoral program, you must seek confirmation from a faculty member that they are willing to consider serving in the role as your mentor. The faculty member you contact to request consideration of this role should align with your research interests. 

Academic Faculty bios are available to help you determine which faculty member best fits your interest. All applicants are expected to interview (either in person or telephone).