Communication Science & Disorders

What is Communication Science & Disorders?

The Doctor of Philosophy in communication sciences and disorders allows students 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.

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

Eighteen 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.


Admission Requirements

 Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Graduate Record Examination score of 153 (new scale; 500 old scale) or better for verbal reasoning, 144 (new scale; 500 old scale) or better for quantitative reasoning and a 4.5 or above for the written/analytical section.
  • 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate grade point average.
  • Narrative goals statement/essay describing academic and professional objectives for advanced study.
  • Written response to a prompt generated by the faculty.
  • Resume showing previous work experience, outside activities, scholarships, and honors.
  • Original official transcript from each university attended regardless of length of attendance or number of credits.  International transcripts are to be submitted to WES for USA-equivalence interpretation.
  • Official final transcript(s) with bachelors and/or additional degree(s) posted -- to be submitted upon completion of the degree program(s).
  • Three letters of recommendation relative to prospective student’s academic promise.
  • Official TOEFL test score if English is not the applicants’ native language.  The minimum University of Cincinnati score for admission is 68 IBT.  The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders minimum score for admission is 100 IBT.
  • Provide a copy of the master's thesis or evidence of other original research. Students who enter the doctoral program without such research experience will be required to conduct a research project prior to completion of course work at the University of Cincinnati.
  • International students must fulfill U.S. Immigration Service requirements and register with the International Student Services Offices at UC.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are required of all applicants whose native language is other than English.

Application Deadlines

  March 15

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