Program of Study

The graduate school requires that all PhD students complete no fewer than three full academic years (i.e., 6 semesters) of approved graduate study, including at least one year (i.e., 2 consecutive semesters) in full-time (i.e., 9 credit hours) academic work at the University. This should be considered the minimum requirement; more time is often required. Graduate School policy requires that students maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA in course work counted toward a graduate degree.

The student and his/her committee, on an individual basis, will develop a program of study. (A supervisory committee is appointed upon entrance to the PhD program based on students’ stated interests. This committee meets with a student annually to monitor his/her progress, but the committee may be reorganized as students proceed through the program.)

Programs of study may differ among students depending on their backgrounds, e.g., whether they have a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, or some type of professional degree, as well as whether they have a background in Communication Sciences and Disorders or not. (See “Addendum” regarding details of the Joint MS/PhD in Speech-Language Pathology.) Although minor variations may exist due to a student’s specific background and training, all students must typically adhere to the following guidelines/requirements in the development of the program of study:

1. Major Content Area (within department): 15 hours

The major content courses are determined by the student and his/her advisor and committee. They may consist of regular course offerings in the Department, seminars, and independent study experiences, depending on the student’s particular area(s) of interest. Graduate courses intended primarily for students in clinical training programs may be taken by PhD students, with permission of their advisor/committee and the instructor of the course, and may involve additional requirements.

2. Related Area: a minimum of 9 hours

The related area of study may include advanced course work in another content area (e.g., developmental psychology, linguistics, computer science) or within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in one of the areas of Audiology, Hearing Science, Speech Pathology/Science, or Language Pathology/Science that does not overlap the major area of study.

3. Research Tools: a minimum of 9 hours

A. Research Design - CSD 7930

Advanced Research Design (3 hours, plus lab), OR CSD 7825: Single-subject research design (If CSD 7825 is unavailable through CSD department, EDPSY 7410 may also fulfill this requirement.)

In addition to the lecture portion of CSD 7930 (which is also taken by MS students), PhD students are required to attend a weekly “lab” to familiarize them with areas of faculty research, scientific writing, and related issues/topics. If CSD 7930 was taken at the master’s level, it may not need to be repeated in its entirety by PhD students, but the lab is required.

B. Statistics

Three courses for a minimum of 9 hours

a. Two-course sequence in an advanced inferential statistics series, to be selected from the following options:

Course # Course Title
EDPS 7010 Quantitative Methods I: Foundations of Inferential Statistics
EDPS 7020 Quantitative Methods II: ANOVA and Multiple Regression
NURS 7201 Statistics I
NURS 7202 Statistics II
PSYCH 6500 Quantitative Methods I
PSYCH 6510 Quantitative Methods II
SO WK7201 Statistics I
SO WK7202 Statistics II

b. Additional 2-3 credit hours (one course) in advanced statistics. Students must take an additional course regardless of the number of credits earned in the two-course sequence, to be selected from the following options:

Course # Course Title
EDPS 7300 Psychometric Theory
NURS 7880 Nonparametric Statistics (only 2 credits)
EDPSY 7400 Advanced research design
PSCH 6556 Analysis of Temporal data (1-2 credits)
EDPS 7570 Multivariate Statistics
PSYCH 6540 Multivariate Statistics
NURS 7070 Multivariate Statistics (2 credits)

4. Doctoral Instructional Methods (CSD 7935): 3 hours

Students intending to pursue an academic career must complete a 3 credit hour course in Instructional Methods (CSD 7935 Doctoral Instructional Methods: Mentored Teaching Experience). As part of this course, they will be required to teach a departmental class under the supervision of a full-time faculty member, usually the student’s major professor. The faculty mentor is responsible for designing a teaching experience that is appropriate to the skills and needs of the student. The intent of this experience is to acquaint doctoral students with the practice of creating and operating a high-quality, university-level course. The goal is to help students become effective instructors, and in so doing, to increase the likelihood that they will compete successfully for university- level teaching positions. Students who do not intend to pursue an academic career may elect not to take this course and instead replace it with another appropriate course in statistics, research design, etc., as approved by their committee.

Doctoral students are eligible to enroll in CSD 7935 if they meet the following criteria. Each participant is expected to:

  1. be making satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree
  2. be within a semester of completion of degree coursework
  3. have a strong commitment to initiating a career that involves college-level instruction
  4. dedicate sufficient time during the semester that the course is offered so as to be involved in the course planning (i.e., syllabus development), classroom management, lecturing, test construction and grading, proctoring exams, maintaining class records/grades, and addressing diversity issues

5. Pre-Dissertation Research Practicum (CSD 7940)

a minimum of 9 (or 12) hours across 3 (or 4) semesters

Doctoral students are expected to enroll (for variable credit) in the research practicum for a minimum of 9 credit hours, if they have previously completed a Master’s Thesis (all 9 hours are typically directed by a student’s primary advisor). Students who have not previously written a Master’s Thesis must complete at least one additional 3 credit hour project with a different faculty mentor.

The (primary) practicum will culminate in a pre-candidacy research project, supervised by a faculty member in the Department, which students will present and defend to their committee in conjunction with their third (or fourth) semester registration for this course; the defense is typically open for any CSD faculty and students to observe. Successful completion of this requirement fulfills part of the Qualifying Examination requirements (see below), which is necessary for students to continue in the program.

6. Dissertation Research (CSD 7970)

a minimum of 12 hours

Each student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation research, which typically requires at least 2 semesters (see below).

Summary of Minimum Required Hours and Courses to be Taken

Major Content Courses 15
Related Content Area 9
Research Tool Courses 9
Instructional Methods 3
Research Practica 9*
*Research Practica (no previous thesis research) 12
Dissertation Research 12
TOTAL 57 (*60)

Additional Requirements