Communication Science & Disorders

Doctor of Philosophy

Location: Uptown Campus East
College: College of Allied Health Sciences
Duration: 3 Years

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.

Ph.D. 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.
  • Unofficial transcripts 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 required to be submitted when offered an acceptance to the CSD program.
  • 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.

There is currently a high demand for Ph.D. 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 graduates for careers in teaching and research, employment opportunities also abound in health care and educational administration and other research settings.

Application Deadlines

For fall admission, an online application must be submitted to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School by January 1 for an early (preferred) decision or a late deadline of March 15 at http://grad.uc.edu/admissions.html

  • An non-refundable application fee is payable to the University of Cincinnati and must accompany the application. If an application is made to the wrong degree program, your application may not be properly reviewed and you may be asked to resubmit a new application and fee. The initial application review process by the Department Graduate Admissions Committee takes approximately three weeks after completion of the doctoral application file. 
    Applicants will receive written notice as application materials are received and when the application file is complete and ready for review.  Admission decisions are made in writing.  Successful completion of a master’s degree program does not necessarily indicate readiness to enter a doctoral program.  Faculty evaluate the student’s ability to undertake a research program by examining multiple aspects of the admissions file.  Additionally, no student can be accepted in the program unless a faculty member indicates willingness and availability to serve as the academic advisor.
  • Goals essay, resume and letters of recommendation are part of the online application process.  No hard copies are to be sent to the University of Cincinnati.
  • Original official transcripts from each university attended, regardless of length of attendance or number of credits, are to be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Committee, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati, 3202 Eden Ave, Rm 344 French East Bldg, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379.  International transcripts are to be submitted to WES for USA- equivalence interpretation; WES interpretations are to be sent to the above address.
  • GRE scores must be sent by ETS directly to the University of Cincinnati (institution code is 1833, audiology code is 0602, speech language pathology code is 0620). 
  • Official TOEFL test score if English is not the applicant’s native language are to be sent by the test site directly to the University of Cincinnati. 
  • 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.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CSD
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
(513) 558-8502
csd@ucmail.uc.edu

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Program Code: 35DOC-CSD35-PHD