Communication Science & Disorders


Why study Communication Science & Disorders?

The University of Cincinnati Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Communication Sciences and Disorders allows students to specialize in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing science.

The PhD level of study emphasizes preparation for careers in college-level teaching, research and professional service.  

PhD students are expected to complete course work in a major area of focus and to demonstrate, through a dissertation, contribution to knowledge in the areas of speech, language and hearing science, speech language pathology, or audiology. Students must also complete coursework in pedagogical techniques, supervision and lab management, and grant-writing and are expected to engage in mentored teaching experiences.

Students have the opportunity to interact with doctoral-level faculty in Communication Sciences & Disorders, faculty in other departments and adjunct faculty in the community, who provide expertise and research mentoring in a wide variety of scientific and clinical aspects of communication sciences and disorders.

During the program, students will create an individualized plan of study in consultation with an advisor and academic committee. This plan will constitute a road map for acquisition of expertise in the major area of focus as well as additional research and pedagogical skills.

Admission Requirements

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

There is currently significant demand in higher education for teachers and researchers with PhD-level expertise in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language and hearing science.  Although our central mission is to prepare graduates for careers in teaching and research, employment opportunities also abound in health care and educational administration and other research settings.

Application Deadlines

Visit the How to Apply page to find information on application deadlines, fees, where to send your materials and more.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Communication Sciences & Disorders Department
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-8502

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Program Code: 35DOC-CSD35-PHD