Ph.D. Program

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to educate students to become researchers with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and laboratory science. Doctoral students typically engage in study and research within several departments or programs, including biomedical engineering, dentistry, gerontology, linguistics, medicine, psychology, and special education. Coursework is designed to develop expertise in various aspects of research so that students can ultimately conduct independent and original research programs which add to the body of knowledge in basic and applied communicative disorders.The department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to recruiting, admitting, supporting, graduating, and helping to place students with the highest ethical and academic qualities.

Thank you for your interest in a Ph.D. in Speech, Language, or Hearing Sciences. The primary goal of any Ph.D. program is to educate students to become researchers in their own area of interest. At the University of Florida, doctoral students in audiology, speech, language, or swallowing typically engage in study and research, not only in our own department, but also within departments across campus, including biomedical engineering, dentistry, gerontology, linguistics, medicine, psychology, and special education, because our fields are so interdisciplinary. Additionally, coursework in research design and analysis is included in the program, so that students develop the expertise to conduct independent and original research programs which will add to the body of knowledge in basic and applied subfields. The department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to recruiting, admitting, supporting, graduating, and helping to place students with the highest ethical and academic qualities.

We have joined with the departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in the Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. program.  This Ph.D. program houses three tracks: Movement Science, Communication and Swallowing Sciences and Disorders (CSSD), and the Disability, Occupation, and Participation (DOPS) tracks. Most students interested in a Ph.D. focusing on research in Audiology or Speech Pathology will follow the CSSD track, although a few have followed the Movement Science track.  All students in the Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. program take a few common courses together, as well as track-specific courses.

For more information about the Communication and Swallowing Sciences and Disorders track within the RSD program, please email Dr. Lori Altmann (laltmann@ufl.edu).  For more information about the RSD program, click here:  Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. Program  (https://rehabsci.phhp.ufl.edu/)