PhD Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires advanced coursework, independent research, and an in depth understanding of topics in one's area of specialization.

Program of Study

Please refer to the Ph.D Handbook 2017 which has an Introduction, Admission & General Requirements, Overview of the Ph.D program, Ph.D Course Requirements, Summary of Typical Required Hours & Courses to be taken, Qualifying Exam, Dissertation, and other Topics.

Degree Resources

The degree is not awarded simply for the fulfillment of residency requirements and/or the accumulation of credits from coursework.

Application due date

The entire application is due January 15th.

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Letters of reference from university faculty

The Permission to Release Education Record form is for current University of Utah students to submit to each faculty member for letters of reference. Please allow ample time for the faculty member to assist you with this part of the application process.

Western Regional Graduate Program

The University of Utah Speech-Language Pathology PhD program and the Audiology Program participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which is coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE).

Residents of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming who are admitted to either the PhD program or the Audiology program are eligible to enroll at resident tuition rates.