Program Requirements


The specific coursework to be completed for research and tools of research, core content, and concentration/specialized study are determined individually to create a course of study appropriate to the student's desired specialization. The core content normally consists of four advanced seminars (SPA 7931) covering the four major content areas of the field (speech, language, hearing, and neurocommunicative science). In certain cases, with approval of the Major Advisor and Program Director, previously completed graduate level coursework may be applied towards requirements in the Core content or Specialized Study areas. Completion of the Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders normally requires a minimum of four years of study.
Students must complete the following requirements


Research and tools of research (20 credit hours minimum)
Two course sequence in statistical analysis (6 credit hours minimum)
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis for Ed. Research I 4
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis for Ed. Research II 4
GEY 6934 Research Methods I 3
GEY 6934 Research Methods II 3

Research Design (3 credit hours minimum)
SPA 7806 Advanced Research Design in CSD 3

Research rotation (11 credit hours minimum)
Two research rotations, as described below.

Core Content (12 credit hours)
SPA 7811 Research Foundations in Speech Science 3
SPA 7812 Research Foundations in Hearing Science 3
SPA 7826 Research Foundations in Neurocommunicative Sciences 3
SPA 7841 Research Foundations in Language Science 3


Hearing Sciences and Audiology (HAS)
Neurocommunicative Sciences (NCS)
Speech‐Language Sciences (SLS)

Foundational knowledge (36 credit hours minimum)

Master's and Au.D. level students will be credited with 36 hours from their previous degree. Bachelor's level students, in consultation with their academic advisor, will design an appropriate curriculum to obtain foundational content and skills in their area of interest that will prepare them for Advanced Study.. This curriculum is required to include a minimum of eight (8) hours of structured coursework at the 6000‐level or above, either within the department or in related departments. The remainder of credits may take the form of additional structured coursework, directed research, or independent study. Courses in the Department frequently used to satisfy this requirement are listed below.

Note: Students admitted to the program from a non‐CSD background may be required to take pre‐requisite coursework at the undergraduate level in the basic speech, language, and hearing sciences, depending on their career plans and desired area of focus. For these students, up to six (6) hours of 4000‐level courses can be applied to the Foundational Knowledge requirement.

Speech‐Language Pathology Courses:
SPA 5403 Language Learning in the School‐Age Years 3
SPA 5204 Advanced Clinical Phonology 3
SPA 5552 Diag Prin & Practice 3
SPA 6401 Pediatric Lang Dis 3
SPA 6404 Language Learning Dis 3
SPA 6473 Multicultural Differences in Lang Use 3
SPA 6413 Augmentative and Alternative Comm 3
SPA 6571 Ethical Practice Issues in Comm. Dis 1‐2
SPA 7150 Advanced Speech Science 3
SPA 6211 Adv Vocal Dis 3
SPA 6225 Adv Fluency 3
SPA 6232 Neuromotor 3
SPA 6417 Communication and Cognition in TB 3
SPA 6564 Seminar in Aging, Cognition, and Comm. 3
SPA 6410 Aphasia 3
SPA 6565 Dysphagia 3
SPA 6805 Research Procedures in CSD 3

Audiology Courses
SPA 6571 Profession of Audiology 1‐2
SPA 5153 Quant Prov Solving 3
SPA 5120 Psychoacoustics 3
SPA 5132 Audiology Instrumentation 3
SPA 5303 Auditory A&P 3
SPA 5328 Rehabilitative Audiology for Adults 3
SPA 6305 Pediatric Audiology 3
SPA 6307 Speech Perception & Hearing Loss 3
SPA 6311 Medical Audiology 3
SPA 6314 Electrophys 3
SPA 6316 Vestibular Eval & Treatment 3
SPA 6324 Aural Rehab: Children 3
SPA 6340 Principles of Amplification I 3
SPA 6341 Principles of Amplification II 3
SPA 6354 Hearing Conservation 3
SPA 7346 Cochlear Implants 3
SPA 7330 Adv Vestibular Eval & Treatment 3
SPA 7331 Adv Medical Audiology 3
SPA 7332 Adv Electrophysiology 3
SPA 6393 Audiology Practice Management 3
SPA 6805 Research Procedures in CSD 3

Advanced Study (9 credit hours)
Advanced topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
SPA 7931 Advanced Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Remaining coursework required for Advanced Study (beyond at least one SPA 7931 course) may take the form of elective coursework, either within the department or in related departments), directed research, or independent study. The student's academic advisor, major professor and Dissertation Committee will advise students on the selection of the proper mix of coursework and other study to support knowledge development in the student's area of specialization and/or to facilitate development of a research tool or methodology that may be needed for the student's dissertation research. As part of the advanced study requirement, it is likely that students will also be advised to take directed research credits with Dissertation Committee members, as they begin directed readings to prepare for the Qualifying Examination.

Dissertation (12 credit hours minimum)
SPA 7980 Dissertation


In addition to specific degree requirements, a student must complete the following to qualify for graduation:

1. Satisfactory completion of two research rotations, with one rotation in the student's primary area of interest and a second rotation in a different research area. The "depth" research rotation in the student's primary area of interest is required to be a minimum of 3 credit hours (typically spread over 3‐4 semesters) and to result in a completed project that generates publishable data. The "breadth" research rotation, which must be conducted in a different research area, is an experiment‐focused laboratory experience. It is required to be a minimum of two (2) credit hours (typically completed in one semester), and the student's contribution need not (on its own) result in a publishable work.

2. With the supervision of a qualifying committee, pass a written qualifying examination that evaluates the student's specialty knowledge and methodological competence. At the discretion of the qualifying committee an oral examination may follow the written examination.

3. Establish a doctoral committee prior to admission into doctoral candidacy.

4. Prepare and defend a dissertation proposal.

5. Following completion of the dissertation research, successfully defend the work before the dissertation committee.

6. Departmental policy specifies that any student earning a C+ or below in two courses will be recommended for dismissal from the Ph.D. program.