Ph.D. in CSD

Ph.D. Overview

The Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences & Disorders begins with the world-class resources of the CSD Department. Human resources include experienced scientists in each of the major areas of the speech, language, and hearing sciences. Facilities include a vast array of laboratory and clinical spaces ranging from wet labs and comparative research to clinical laboratories with state-of-the-art hardware, software, and custom laboratory space.


Ph.D. students, with their mentors, have the opportunity to design their own program of study with one or more concentrations in a variety of related disciplines. Within CSD, these build on the scientific expertise of the faculty and include the broad areas of: Hearing Science; Language & Speech Science; Neurocommunicative Science. Combined with partner units at USF, the program possibilities are unlimited.

Program Information

The Ph.D. program provides disciplinary and interdisciplinary education to prepare research scientists capable of addressing both theoretical and applied issues in laboratory, clinical, and classroom settings. Academic preparation emphasizes basic and advanced study in the communicative sciences, interdisciplinary study, and extensive research preparation to meet the rigorous demands of an academic/research career.

Au.D./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program

The dual degree Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Philosophy (Au.D./Ph.D.) program offers a path for those interested in clinical research to earn both degrees within approximately six years. The primary objective is to produce research audiologists competent to perform a wide array of diagnostic, rehabilitative, and other services associated with audiology and to conduct independent research in the area of hearing science and clinical audiology.


Within the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders building is the USF Hearing Clinic, Speech-Language Clinic, classroom space, offices for faculty, staff, and students, and a student lounge area. The dedicated building and nearby facilities house 17 departmental research laboratories that support a wide range of clinical, theoretical, and basic research in all areas of communication sciences and disorders.

Funding Opportunities

Potential sources of funding include Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships, and Research Assistantships. Individuals who apply for Fall admission will automatically be considered for a graduate assistantship upon admission. Graduate assistantships cover most of a student's tuition and provide a biweekly stipend. For more information about graduate assistantships and scholarship opportunities, please see the webpage on how to apply.

Visiting Our Program

Each Fall, we offer separate open house events for prospective Au.D. and Ph.D. students. The date, time and location of the 2023 event will be posted here early Fall 2023. We welcome visitors and with notice can often arrange a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to meet with current students and faculty. See Contact Us below to plan a visit.

    Contact Us

    For further information please contact: Ph.D. Program Coordinator(s) Dr. Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold ( Supraja Anand ( OR Academic Program Specialist, Jena Rossman (813) 974-9840;