Course Requirements

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 48 semester hours in the Ph.D. program. Coursework includes four core Ph.D. seminars (12 hours total within the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and/or the Department of Allied Health Sciences) The purpose of these seminars is to ensure that each student is exposed to the principles and content embodied in the program goals and objectives. Additionally, the seminars provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in communication, teaching, research, and grant preparation necessary for a successful academic career. Currently, the four seminars include:

  • Research in Speech and Hearing A: Group designs with an emphasis on analysis of variance, regression analysis and correlational research (offered alternate fall semesters).
  • Research in Speech and Hearing B: Single subject designs, survey research, and qualitative research (offered alternate spring semesters).
  • Teaching and Preparation :Course design, presentation development, group facilitation, and evaluation of student learning. (offered alternate spring semesters):
  • Grant Writing:Preparation and review of grant applications, identification and selection of appropriate funding sources (offered alternate fall semesters).


Three additional research design and statistics courses (9 hours total) that contribute to the development of competency in designing and conducting independent research.

Seven courses (21hours total) related to specialized areas of the student's program of studies. At least two of these courses must be taken within the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (DSHS), and at least two must be taken outside of the DSHS. These courses may include independent studies that the student develops with a faculty mentor.

  • Courses in the student's area of specialization taken in the DSHS. Guided by the student's program advisory committee, a set of courses within the DSHS are chosen to enhance the student's professional knowledge related to the chosen area of specialization.
  • Related courses taken outside the DSHS. The purpose of these courses is to provide students with specialized knowledge in a related area of study while assuring a consistent level of quality education. Courses taken outside the DSHS are selected to represent a sub-focus or clear direction that is linked to the student's primary area of specialization.

Six hours of dissertation research (6 hours total).