Graduate Programs

Graduate Snapshot - Communication Sciences and Disorders

Description of Program:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

A nationwide shortage of individuals with Ph.D.'s in the communication sciences and disorders means that graduates are in high demand for employment in leadership positions in health facilities, universities and research centers. In addition to advanced course work related to communication disorders, students complete requirements in statistics, research design, hearing or speech sciences, a teaching/supervising internship, and dissertation.

The Ph.D. program is individualized to the specific interests of the student while assuring a rigorous educational experience appropriate to the research-training and advanced knowledge characteristics of the degree. Students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program at various stages, including 1) post-master's, 2) post-baccalaureate and 3) post-Au.D., depending upon the individual's career goals.

Some students may wish to pursue clinical qualifications in either audiology or speech-language pathology while concurrently undertaking their Ph.D. studies. All admitted students will undertake an individually-designed program emphasizing research tools, research activities and in-depth exposure to a major area of interest supported by study in a minor area.

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

This graduate clinical audiology program is a four-year post-baccalaureate program of study that culminates in eligibility for certification in audiology granted by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for licensure in audiology as awarded by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech Pathology. Students admitted to this program are matriculated into a focused curriculum developed to prepare doctoral-level practitioners. Students admitted to the doctor of audiology program who already hold a master's degree in audiology will complete an individualized program of study composed of a minimum of 57 semester credit hours. No students will be allowed to matriculate with the intention of earning a master's degree as the terminal degree.

Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers two concentrations in the Master of Science program. One is the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. This is a clinical concentration designed to prepare individuals to practice as speech-language pathologists. The second is the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is a non-clinical concentration designed for individuals who seek concentrated study in one or more areas of human communication sciences and/or communication disorders without clinical preparation as audiologists or speech-language pathologists. Because this concentration provides the opportunity for more in-depth study in selected concentrations and involves students in active participation in research, it is designed to lay a solid foundation in communication sciences and disorders research, particularly for those individuals wanting to pursue further study at the Ph.D. level.

Degrees Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (M.S.)

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (M.S.)

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