Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Communication Sciences & Disorders

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The Doctor of Philosophy in communication sciences and disorders allows you to major in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing science.

This level of study emphasizes research techniques in speech, language, and hearing science, and the opportunity to explore the theoretical aspects of clinical techniques, experience in college teaching and other preparation for careers in teaching and research.

You are expected to complete course work in a major area of focus and to demonstrate research competency. You must also demonstrate, through a dissertation, contribution to knowledge in the areas of speech, language and hearing science, speech language pathology or audiology.

Nineteen doctoral faculty in CSD, as well as faculty in other departments and adjunct faculty in the community, provide expertise and research mentoring in a wide variety of scientific and clinical aspects of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing sciences.

There is currently a high demand for PhD level researchers and teachers in higher education, including speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

Although our central mission is to prepare you for careers in teaching and research, employment opportunities also abound in health care and educational administration and other research settings.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Communication Sciences & Disorders PhD students are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Please visit the program Admission Requirements for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

Visit the How to Apply page when you are ready to apply. 

The program has clinical stipends and scholarships that will be awarded to students based on quality of academic record and performance in the program. All admitted students are conisdered for scholarships. No second application is required.  During the second year, paid traineeships are available during the second year. Opportunities and application procedures will be discussed during the first year of the graduate program. 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

During the program, you will create a plan of study in consultation with your advisor. The plan of study will allow you to complete course work in a major area of focus and to demonstrate research competency. You must also demonstrate, through a dissertation, contribution to knowledge in the areas of speech, language and hearing science, speech-language pathology or audiology.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Accreditation

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The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) education program in audiology at the University of Cincinnati is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)., 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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The Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's Degree (MA) education programs in speech-language-pathology at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Allied Health Sciences

3202 Eden Avenue P.O. Box 670379 | Cincinnati, OH 45267

Phone: 513-558-8502 | Fax: 513-558-8500