Evaluation Methods

Doctoral Written and Oral Exams

The purpose of the written and oral examinations is to ensure that students have achieved a satisfactory level of knowledge in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Successful completion of these examinations is required for the student to continue in the program and to begin dissertation work. The exams are typically taken at the end of the semester following the completion of course work. 


Each student is expected to complete a dissertation representing research in his/her area of specialization. Through the dissertation process, students demonstrate skills in developing appropriate research questions or hypotheses, synthesizing and interpreting a broad body of literature relevant to the dissertation topic, developing a sound methodological approach and research design, interpreting the results of the investigation appropriately in light of existing evidence, and using effective written and oral communication. Following completion of the research and submission of the written document to the Dissertation Committee, the student defends the dissertation orally before the Committee.