Doctor of Philosophy in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
The Ph.D. program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers advanced study and research training in speech, language, and hearing. Research in the program concerns all aspects of human communication including studies of speech, language, and hearing in typical individuals and in those with disorders affecting communication.
Areas of doctoral study include the physiological, neurological, and psychological aspects of communication and identifying, treating, and preventing developmental and acquired communication disorders.
The Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences requires 75 semester credit hours minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree.
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers doctoral programs in Cognition and Neuroscience, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and Psychology. Each provides preparation in basic and applied aspects of behavioral and brain sciences. The faculty consists of specialists in developmental psychology, social/personality psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and communication sciences and disorders. Students may specialize in these areas or pursue study across areas as in the study of child language, aging, perception, and behavioral and neural plasticity. Core and specialized courses provide the foundation for advanced seminars and a wide spectrum of doctoral research in laboratories, schools, and clinics. Frequent colloquia and informal brown-bag seminars contribute to a stimulating environment for scholarly development.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
The doctoral program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences provides opportunities for graduate study and research in the areas of speech, language, and hearing science, and in the disorders that affect speech, language, and hearing. Students have available a wealth of research opportunities in laboratories, clinics, and schools, both on-campus and in the community. Close liaison with the UT Southwestern Medical Center provides patient access and numerous opportunities for research in medical settings. Coursework and research options within the doctoral programs in Psychology and Cognition and Neuroscience allow students to pursue interdisciplinary study in areas such as neuroimaging of language processes, child language, autism, neural plasticity and recovery, speech perception, auditory neuroscience, and cognitive ageing.
75 semester credit hours minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree
Doctoral Proseminar: 3 semester credit hours
- HCS 6302 Issues in Behavioral and Brain Sciences - Part I
- Research Methods: 9 semester credit hours minimum
- HCS 6312 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences - Part I
- HCS 6313 Research Methods in Behavioral and Brain Sciences - Part II
- One advanced-level research methods or statistics course, or other approved course designed to enhance the student's research skills
Students who have completed courses equivalent to HCS 6312 and/or HCS 6313 or whose prior graduate studies had a strong quantitative focus may, with the approval of the advisor and Area Head, waive HCS 6312 and/or HCS 6313.
Major Core Courses: 6 semester credit hours minimum
Students must complete a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of approved courses in the area of communication sciences and disorders. Courses meeting this requirement will vary depending on the student's research interests. The requirement may be waived for students holding a graduate degree in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology or a related area. Students lacking an adequate foundation in communication sciences may be required to complete more than the 6 semester credit hours minimum of core coursework.
Supplemental Coursework: 12 semester credit hours minimum
All students must complete an additional minimum of 12 semester credit hours of doctoral-level courses and seminars. Courses may be selected from coursework offered through the Ph.D. programs in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Cognition and Neuroscience, or Psychology. Courses used to meet this requirement taken outside of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences require the approval of the advisor and Area Head.
All students must complete the Qualifying Project/Qualifying Paper requirements of the Ph.D. degree sought. The successful defense of a written dissertation completes the requirements for the degree.
Graduates seek positions in academic, clinical, and research settings.
English Language Requirements
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