The goal of our Ph.D. program is to train students for research activities in the field of speech and hearing sciences. For all students, the Ph.D. program places an emphasis on the acquisition of a fundamental knowledge base and the development of research skills. Many of our students will apply these research skills to clinical populations.
A Ph.D. typically requires four to five years of research training and coursework, with the first two to three years devoted primarily to taking classes and developing basic research skills. During the first two years, students complete two research projects, which are thesis-like in nature but narrower in scope. These projects culminate in a publication, presentation, or both.
The final year or two is devoted almost exclusively to research experience, including the dissertation. Most students also receive experience teaching classes during this time frame. In the first year of the Ph.D. program, students are matched with a mentor who will oversee their progress through the Ph.D. program.