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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders 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. The overall aim of the doctoral program is to produce graduates who excel in meeting the rigorous demands of an academic/research career.

How to Apply Frequently Asked Questions

The program of study is tailored to meet individual interests within the following areas:

Hearing Science

  • Evoked potentials
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Event Related Potentials
  • Speech perception and sensory neural hearing loss
  • Sensory aids
  • Audiological (re)habilitation
  • Temporal processing
  • Aging
  • Speech perception in reverberation and noise

Language Science and Speech Science

  • Language variation, language and literacy learning, bilingual language learning
  • Narrative development, African American English
  • Phonology
  • Speech perception and production, foreign accent
  • Lexical effects in speech production
  • Speech perception in normal hearing and hearing loss

Neurocommunicative Science

  • Clinical efficacy in infants and toddlers
  • Neurogenic communication disorders, cognitive science and rehabilitation
  • Cognitive/linguistic processing in normal aging and adults with neurological disorders


View a complete list of admissions requirements, course of study, and course descriptions.

Dual Degree Program

A dual degree program is also available for those interested in pursuing the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees at the same time. Students interested in this program should apply to the Au.D. program. Upon successful completion of the first year of study in the Au.D. program, students may apply for the dual degree program. View the graduate catalogue for more information.

Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy programs are also available through the Department of Psychology and through the College of Education.

Current Students

Links to the current Ph.D. handbook can be found on the resources and links page.

For further information please contact: Dr. Jean Krause (813) 974-9798 OR Kathy Wasson (813) 974-9840