PhD General Overview

The doctoral program will be tailored to your interests and background and you will work closely with our doctoral advisor, Dr. Lori Altmann, to help plan your program of study.  Dr. Altmann,  along with your major advisor and committee members, will help you outline your individualized study plan. Each year, there will be an annual evaluation of your study plan and assessment of your progress that will involve the department chair, your major advisor and the doctoral advisor.  While your study plan may be altered at any time during the doctoral program with  the consent of the major advisor, we encourage all incoming doctoral students to identify a major advisor prior to acceptance into the PhD program so that a targeted area of interest can be developed early on in the program.

After 2 years of coursework, a doctoral comprehensive examination occurs which includes both a written and an oral examination.  The purpose of this examination is to assist the faculty in determining whether a student has sufficient knowledge of pertinent facts, theories, and methods to: (1) undertake effective research in an area of communicative disorders, and (2) engage in other forms of scholarship expected of persons who hold the doctoral degree.

Course requirements for the doctoral degree in the department can be found in the  and in the curricular requirements. We encourage each student, in cooperation with his/her committee, to develop a study plan that is comprehensive in scope and tailored to meet the student’s research and academic needs. The core requirements include grant writing, research methodology, proseminars, laboratory rotations and teaching methods, as well as one full semester of independent course teaching.

We have a strong record of our doctoral students moving on to highly successful careers as academicians, researchers, and university administrators.  We are extremely proud of our program and our graduates.