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Speech and Hearing Sciences

Department Overview

210 Eagleson Hall

Speech and hearing sciences concern the processes and disorders of human communication and swallowing. This includes the study of normal typical and atypical hearing, speech, and language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing development, anatomy and physiology of speech, hearing, and swallowing, speech acoustics, speech physiology and perception, hearing, the nature of language, speech, cognitive-communication, swallowing, and hearing disorders in children and adults, social and cultural aspects of communication disorders, and the clinical processes involved in identification, prevention, and remediation of those disorders.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
210 Eagleson, Box 354875
(206) 685-7403
shugadv@uw.edu

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers the following program of study:

  • The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in speech and hearing sciences
  • An accelerated, fee-based, Bachelor of Science degree with a major in speech and hearing sciences for candidates with an existing bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Science

Suggested First and Second-Year College Courses: introductory course in anthropology, public health, psychology, or sociology; introductory biological science course -- BIOL 118 recommended; introductory course in physics or chemistry -- PHYS 107, PHYS 110, or CHEM 110 recommended; statistics course -- STAT 220 or EDPSY 490 recommended.

Department Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. The admissions committee reviews all applicants based on the following criteria: GPA (minimum 2.50 overall GPA guarantees consideration but not admission); personal statement reflecting an interest in and commitment to speech and hearing sciences; other evidence of a commitment to becoming a speech and hearing sciences major. Students may apply any time after they have earned 60 credits. The application deadline for current UW students is Monday of the third week of the quarter for admission the next quarter; transfer students may apply to the department (if they are at or near junior standing) and to the University concurrently. Admission is for autumn, winter, or spring quarter. Only students admitted to the UW are eligible for admission to the major. Applicants are notified of the department's decision within four weeks. Applications and additional information are available outside 210 Eagleson and on the department's website.

Students who meet admission requirements are eligible for one of two options:

  • Option 1, General Academic, is intended to provide broad perspectives of the discipline, but not to prepare students specifically for careers in clinical speech-language pathology and audiology. It is appropriate for students with interests in education, healthcare, and communication.
  • Option 2, Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders, is intended for students interested in graduate study in speech and hearing sciences and clinical speech-language pathology and audiology. (Note that graduate study is required for the professional practice a speech-language pathologist and audiologist.)

Major Requirements

Core Requirements for Both Options: 33 credits in the following courses: SPHSC 250, SPHSC 261, SPHSC 302, SPHSC 303, SPHSC 304, SPHSC 320, SPHSC 371, SPHSC 461. A minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA is required in core courses for students following Option 2.

Option 1, General Academic: 67-75 credits as follows:

  1. Core requirements listed above (33 credits)
  2. 22 credits from the following: SPHSC 305, SPHSC 308, SPHSC 405, SPHSC 406, SPHSC 425, SPHSC 445, SPHSC 462, SPHSC 499 (6 credits maximum)
  3. An approved 3-5 credit college-level human- or animal-based biological science, anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science course. See adviser for approved list. Laboratory component not required.
  4. An approved 3-5 credit college-level psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health course. See adviser for approved list.
  5. An approved 3-5 credit college-level chemistry or physics course. See adviser for approved list.

Option 2, Speech and Hearing Sciences and Disorders: 77-85 credits as follows:

  1. Core requirements listed above (33 credits)
  2. SPHSC 305, SPHSC 308, SPHSC 405, SPHSC 406, SPHSC 425, SPHSC 445, SPHSC 471, SPHSC 481 (32 credits)
  3. An approved 3-5 credit college-level statistics course. See adviser for approved list.
  4. An approved 3-5 credit college-level psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health course. See adviser for approved list.
  5. An approved 3-5 credit college-level chemistry or physics course. See adviser for approved list. Laboratory component not required.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

The fee-based postbaccalaureate program is designed for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree in a discipline other than speech and hearing sciences and wish to obtain the necessary academic background to apply directly to a graduate program. This is an intensive program designed to take five quarters with a mandatory summer start. Postbaccalauareate students have matriculated status as they are working toward a second bachelor's degree in preparation for graduate school.

Admissions Requirements

Postbaccalaureate program admission is based on multiple factors: the overall academic record from the first bachelor's or advanced degree, the personal statement, the letters of recommendation and the perceived commitment to speech, language, and hearing sciences.

Applying to the postbaccalaureate program is a two-part process. The applicant is responsible for ensuring both the UW Office of Admissions and the SPHSC Department receive the application materials by the deadline of February 15. Incomplete applications re not be processed. Admission to SPHSC is contingent upon admission to UW. See the program website for details on the two-part admission process.

  1. Bachelor's degree or advanced degree outside the area of speech and hearing sciences
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. All college-level transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation must be sent to the department. The SPHSC recommendation form is available on the department website, depts.washington.edu/sphsc/. However, a letter is acceptable in lieu of the recommendation form. Students should read and fill out the top section of the recommendation form before giving it to the evaluator.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 65 credits as follows:

  1. Summer 15 credits: SPHSC 250. SPHSC 371, SPHSC 308, SPHSC 261
  2. Autumn 13 credits: SPHSC 303, SPHSC 305, SPHSCH 471
  3. Winter 14 credits: SPHSC 302, SPHSC 405, SPHSC 425, SPHSC 481
  4. Spring 15 credits: SPHSC 304, SPHSC 320, SPHSC 461
  5. Summer 8 credits: SPHSC 406, SPHSC 445, SPHSC 449

In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires the following four course requirements for anyone seeking certification in speech-language pathology and audiology. The courses must be taken outside the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. Courses can be any number of credits and can be taken for a grade or satisfactory/not satisfactory. If students need to complete these courses prior to graduate school, they can be added to the postbaccalaureate program.

  • Statistics course
  • Biological science course (biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
  • Physical science course (physics or chemistry)
  • Social or behavioral science course (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The graduate (1) has knowledge of the following: mechanisms involved in speech, language, and hearing; societal implications of language differences and of disorders of speech, language, and hearing; opportunities in, and requirements for, careers available to those in the speech and hearing sciences; (2) understands the following: normal acquisition of speech and language; the etiology and nature of communication disorders across the lifespan; principles and procedures for diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders; the manner in which context (specifically, situation, social/interpersonal, and culture context) influences communication and disorders; social-cultural aspects of communication development and disorders; (3) has the following abilities: to analyze language in terms of its auditory, phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic properties; to utilize strategies for solving scientific problems; to read and understand relevant literature; (4) have experience with a research project
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: classrooms, research laboratories, computer laboratory, and clinic located in the department and in nearby campus buildings.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Faculty welcome undergraduate students into their research labs, offering independent study research opportunities (SPHSC 499), in addition to mentored, year-long honors research projects (SPHSC 498). No formal internship programs offered. See adviser for community-based service learning and internship opportunities.
  • Department Scholarships: None offered
  • Student Organizations/Associations: The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) UW chapter, 153 Eagleson Hall.

Graduate Program

Graduate Student Services
Eagleson Hall, Box 354875
(206) 685-7402
shgrad@uw.edu

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers four graduate degree programs that equip students to do research, teach at the college and university level, and provide clinical services to the communicatively impaired.

  • The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP)
  • The Master of Science in Medical Speech-Languge Pathology (MS MedSLP)
  • The Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
  • The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

At the Master of Science and Doctor of Audiology level, the specific focus is on the evidence-based clinical procedures involved in the identification, prevention, and remediation of communication disorders. Students granted these degrees meet all the requirements of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), which is the professional, scientific and credentialing organization for speech-language pathology and audiology professionals.

At the Doctor of Philosophy level, the program consists of a wide range of coursework and seminars providing opportunities for the development of scholarly and professional competence in various areas of specialization: speech and language acquisition, phonetics, speech production, hearing, hearing development, psychoacoustics, physiological acoustics, speech perception, and assessment and treatment of human communication disorders related to language, speech, and hearing.

To complement departmental curricula in various specialization areas, close interdisciplinary relationships are maintained with other University departments and off-campus centers.

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS SLP)

Entrance to the program is for autumn quarter only. The department does not accept transfer students, Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) applicants, or applicants interested in a non-clinical master's degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete UW Graduate School between September 15th and by February 1st. Applicants must submit by February 1st:
    1. Department's supplemental application
    2. Unofficial transcripts for all schools attended
    3. GRE scores earned within the last five years
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Personal statement
  2. A minimum 3.00 GPA during the last 90 quarter credit hours of study (60 semester)
  3. Demonstrated English language proficiency as outlined by the UW Graduate School
  4. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a major in speech and hearing sciences (communication disorders, communication sciences and disorders, or a similarly named major) or in another major with sufficient undergraduate coursework in speech and hearing sciences (communication disorders, communication sciences and disorders, or a similarly named program)
  5. Completed prerequisite undergraduate coursework as dictated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) accreditation standards and guidelines.
    1. Speech and hearing sciences coursework across these areas of knowledge:
      1. Linguistics
      2. Phonetics/language science
      3. Anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism
      4. Speech and language acquisition/development
      5. Speech and language disorders
      6. Hearing science/nature of sound
      7. The hearing mechanism
      8. Hearing disorders
      9. Audiometry
      10. Aural rehabilitation/management of hearing loss
      11. Social cultural aspects of communication
      12. Principles of assessment
      13. Principles of treatment
    2. Basic science and statistics coursework. Applicants must have completed a minimum of one course in each of the following areas:
      • Statistics course
      • Biological science course (biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
      • Physical science course (physics or chemistry)
      • Social or behavioral science course (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
    3. Minimum 25 documented, clinical observation hours within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology. Observations must be under the direction of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 102 credits for Adult emphasis path: 57 didactic, 41 clinical, and 4 emphasis path:

Minimum 107 credits for Pediatric emphasis path: 57 didactic, 41 clinical, and 9 emphasis path:

Didactic, 57 credits as follows for all students:

  1. SPHSC 500, SPHSC 501, SPHSC 506, SPHSC 529, SPHSC 531, SPHSC 532, SPHSC 533, SPHSC 534, SPHSC 535, SPHSC 536, SPHSC 537, SPHSC 538, SPHSC 539, SPHSC 540, SPHSC 565
  2. Completion of one of two emphasis paths focused on either adult or pediatric practice:
    • Pediatric emphasis path - minimum of 4 didactic courses (9 credits): SPHSC 526, SPHSC 543, SPHSC 550, and one out-of-department elective course of choice
    • Adult emphasis path requires a minimum of 3 didactic courses (4 credits): Choice of SPHSC 545, SPHSC 546, SPHSC 541 or SPHSC 548, and two out-of-department elective courses of choice

Course material covers:

  1. Basic human communication and swallowing processes
  2. Nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, and swallowing disorders
  3. Principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders
  4. Standards of ethical conduct
  5. Processes of research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practices
  6. Contemporary professional issues
  7. Knowledge about certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials
  8. Specialized oral, written, and other forms of communication for use in professional practice.
  9. Additional program requirements: Minimum 36 credits of non-practicum graduate work at the 400 level or above. Minimum 18 of the 36 quarter credits in courses numbered 500 and above. No more than 9 credits of courses 500 level and above can be thesis credits. Satisfactory completion of all didactic and practicum requirements detailed above. Satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of the thesis. Minimum 9 quarter credits of thesis (SPHSC 700) for students taking thesis option. Students completing the thesis must take a course in statistics at the 400 level or above.
  10. Students also satisfactorily complete requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by registering for the required coursework and practica, pre-internship and internship credits.

Clinical, 41 credits as follows for all students:

  1. Minimum 41 credits of clinical practicum coursework from the following: SPHSC 591, SPHSC 551, SPHSC 552, SPHSC 555, either SPHSC 601 or SPHSC 602
  2. Minimum 375 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology
    • The clinical practicum coursework requirements include completion of a pre-internship and a culminating full-time internship in a community-based clinical facility.

Thesis Coursework (optional) -- Minimum 9 credits of SPHSC 700 required for anyone choosing to pursue a master's thesis. Students must also successfully complete a written document and oral defense of their thesis.

Additional Degree Requirements: 36 credits of non-clinical practicum graduate work at the 400 level or above. Minimum 18 of the 36 quarter credits in courses numbered 500 and above. No more than 9 credits of courses 500 level and above can be thesis credits. Satisfactory completion of all didactic and practicum requirements detailed above. Students also satisfactorily complete the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by registering for the required coursework and practica, pre-internship and internship credits.

Master of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)

Entrance to the program is for autumn quarter only. The department does not accept transfer students, Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) applicants, or applicants interested in a non-clinical MS degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete UW Graduate School Application between September 15th and February 1. Applicants must submit by February 1st:
    1. Department's supplemental application
    2. Unofficial transcripts for all schools attended
    3. GRE scores earned within the last five years
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Personal statement
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 quarter credit hours of study (60 semester)
  3. Demonstrated English language proficiency as outlined by the UW Graduate School
  4. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a major in speech and hearing sciences (communication disorders, communication sciences and disorders, or a similarly named major) or in another major with sufficient undergraduate coursework in speech and hearing sciences (communication disorders, communication sciences and disorders, or a similarly named program)
  5. Completed prerequisite undergraduate coursework as dictated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) accreditation standards and guidelines.
    1. Speech and hearing sciences coursework across these areas of knowledge:
      1. Linguistics
      2. Phonetics/language science
      3. Anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism
      4. Speech and language acquisition/development
      5. Speech and language disorders
      6. Hearing science/nature of sound
      7. The hearing mechanism
      8. Hearing disorders
      9. Audiometry
      10. Aural rehabilitation/management of hearing loss
      11. Social cultural aspects of communication
      12. Principles of assessment
      13. Principles of treatment
    2. Basic science and mathematics coursework. Applicants must have completed a minimum of one course in each of the following areas:
      • Statistics course
      • Biological science course (biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
      • Physical science course (physics or chemistry)
      • Social or behavioral science course (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
    3. Minimum 25 documented, clinical observation hours within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology. Observations must be under the direction of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist.

Degree Requirements

Minimum 114 credits; 72 didactic and 42 clinical

Didactic, 72 credits as follows:

  1. SPHSC 500, SPHSC 501, SPHSC 506, SPHSC 507, SPHSC 529, SPHSC 531, SPHSC 532, SPHSC 533, SPHSC 534, SPHSC 535, SPHSC 536, SPHSC 537, SPHSC 538, SPHSC 539, SPHSC 540, SPSHC 541, SPSHC 543, SPSHC 545, SPHSC 546, SPHSC 548, SPHSC 549, SPHSC 565.
  2. Course material covers:

    1. Basic human communication and swallowing processes
    2. Nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences, and swallowing disorders
    3. Principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders
    4. Standards of ethical conduct
    5. Processes of research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practices
    6. Knowledge of disorders, treatment, and assessment specific to practice in medical settings
    7. Contemporary professional issues
    8. Knowledge about certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials
    9. Specialized oral, written, and other forms of communication for use in professional practice.

  3. Clinical, 42 credits as follows:

    1. 42 credits of SPHSC 553 and SPHSC 554
    2. Minimum of 375 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology.

The clinical practicum coursework requirements include completion of a pre-internship and a culminating full-time internship in a community-based clinical facility.

Thesis Coursework (optional): Minimum 9 credits of SPHSC 700 required for anyone choosing to pursue a master's thesis. Students must also successfully complete a written document and oral defense of their thesis.

Additional Degree Requirements: 36 credits of non-clinical graduate work at the 400 level or above. Minimum 18 of the 36 quarter credits in courses numbered 500 and above. No more than 9 credits of courses 500 level and above can be thesis credits. Satisfactory completion of all didactic and practicum requirements detailed above. Students also satisfactorily complete the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by registering for the required coursework and practica credits.

Doctor of Audiology

Entrance to the program is for autumn quarter only. The department does not accept transfer students, Graduate non-matriculated (GNM) applicants, or applicants interested in a non-clinical AuD degree.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete UW Graduate School Application between September 15th and February 1st. Applicants must submit by February 1st:
    1. Departmental's supplemental application
    2. Unofficial Transcripts for all schools attended
    3. GRE scores earned within the last five years
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Personal statement
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 quarter credit hours of study (60 semester)
  3. Demonstrated English language proficiency as outlined by the UW Graduate School
  4. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

Undergraduate Coursework: Foundational coursework in speech and hearing sciences, as well as the principles of biological science, physical science, social/behavioral science, and basic math or statistics. All foundational coursework is required for the graduate degree and clinical certification in audiology as dictated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) accreditation standards and guidelines. The department encourages, but does not require, students to complete this foundation coursework prior to starting graduate study.

  1. Basic science and math coursework. Graduates of any Doctor of Audiology program must complete a minimum of one undergraduate course in each of the following areas in order to be eligible for ASHA certification. See advisor for list of acceptable courses.
    • Statistics course
    • Biological science course (biology, anatomy & physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, human genetics, or veterinary science)
    • Physical science course (physics or chemistry)
    • Social or behavioral science course (psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health)
  2. Speech and Hearing Sciences coursework. Graduates of the Doctor of Audiology program must also complete undergraduate coursework that covers the following foundational areas in order to be eligible for ASHA certification:
    • Normal development of speech and language
    • Langauge and speech disorders across the life span
  3. If not completed prior to graduate study, students take one or more of the following speech and language courses during their graduate program: SPHSC 250, SPHSC 304, SPHSC 305, SPHSC 425

Degree Requirements

Minimum 193 credits: 81 didactic, 8 elective, 92 clinical, and 12 capstone as follows:

Didactic, minimum 81 credits as follows:

  1. SPHSC 462, SPHSC 503, SPHSC 504, SPHSC 509, SPHSC 521, SPHSC 522, SPHSC 523, SPHSC 542, SPHSC 570, SPHSC 571, SPHSC 572, SPHSC 574, SPHSC 575, SPHSC 576, SPHSC 577, SPHSC 579, SPHSC 580, SPHSC 581, SPHSC 582, SPHSC 583, SPHSC 584, SPHSC 585, SPHSC 586, SPHSC 588, SPHSC 592, SPHSC 593.
  2. Elective minimum 8 credits as follows: Students are required to take elective coursework that meet the following requirements: (a) 300/400 levels courses are preferred and should taken for a grade (or Satisfactory/Nonsatisfactory), (b) 100/200 level courses approved based on content but must be taken for a grade, (c) elective courses must be a minimum of 2 credits with the exception of SPHSC 563 or permission must be granted from the AuD Graduate Program Advisor, and (d) total elective credits must equal 8 credits by graduation.

Clinical, minimum 92 credits as follows:

  1. 2 credits of SPHSC 552
  2. 50 credits of SPHSC 591
  3. 40 credits of SPHSC 601
  4. Year 4 (30 credits): SPHSC 601 (10 credits) for three quarters

Practice Doctorate/Capstone Research Coursework:

  1. Minimum 12 credits of SPHSC 801.
  2. A course in statistics at the 400 level or above (e.g., EDPSY 490).
  3. Complete a written document and oral defense of their research.

Comprehensive Examinations: Three comprehensive examinations including two clinical comprehensive examinations ( examination one is autumn quarter of year one and examination two is winter quarter of year two). A written comprehensive examination in Winter quarter of year three. Students may retake each comprehensive examination only once.

Additional Degree Requirements: 36 credits of non-clinical graduate work at the 400 level or above. Minimum 18 of the 36 quarter credits in courses numbered 500 and above. No more than 12 credits of courses 500 level and above can be capstone research credits. Satisfactory completion of all didactic and practicum requirements detailed above. Students also satisfactorily complete the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by registering for the required coursework and practica credits.

Doctor of Philosophy

Entrance to the program is for summer or autumn quarters only. The department does not accept Graduate Non-matriculated (GNM) applicants.

Admission Requirements

  1. Identify and contact a faculty mentor from within the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences who agrees to support the student's application to the PhD program.
  2. Complete UW Graduate School Application between September 15th and February 15. Applicants must submit by February 15th:
    1. Unofficial transcripts for all schools attended
    2. GRE scores earned within the last 5 years
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4. Statement of Purpose
    5. Writing sample or paper
    6. Department's supplemental application
  3. Minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 quarter credit hours of study (60 semester)
  4. Demonstrated English language proficiency as outlined by the UW Graduate School
  5. Bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, depending upon area of interest

Degree Requirements

Minimum 90 credits including: 36 credits of graduate work at the 400 level or above and a minimum 18 of the 36 quarter credits in courses numbered 500 and above.

Academic Coursework: The curriculum for a student in the PhD program is planned on an individual basis in consultation with the student's faculty mentor and committee.. Students may concentrate in basic and applied research. Courses, seminars, laboratory experiences, and assistantships are selected to provide preparation for careers in research and university or college teaching.

Although each student's academic plan is customized, every student is required to complete the following courses:

  • Three-quarter introductory level doctoral course sequence in speech, hearing, and language science and disorders (SPHSC 560, SPHSC 561, and SPHSC 562)
  • Research Methods course (SPHSC 504, SPHSC 506, or approved alternative)
  • Minimum four statistics courses (chosen in consultation with advisory committee)
  • Grant-writing course (SPHSC 568)
  • Research seminar (SPHSC 567; registration required autumn, winter and spring quarters, throughout the degree program)

Students entering the program with a degree in a field other than speech and hearing sciences are also expected to complete undergraduate courses in speech science, language science, and hearing science, and one course in the area of communication disorders, to obtain a basic understanding of the discipline. Courses that may be used to meet this requirement are: SPHSC 303, SPHSC 305, SPHSC 320, SPHSC 371, SPHSC 425, and SPHSC 461.

Research Coursework: All students are expected to conduct supervised research by the end of their first year. Students must register for SPHSC 600 to document their research activity. In addition, students complete:

  • A pre-dissertation research project (PDP)
  • Written and oral general examination
  • Written dissertation based on independent research (minimum 27 credits of SPHSC 800, over 3 quarters) with an oral defense

Teaching Experience: Students pursuing an academic career complete a customized teaching experience plan with their advisory committee. Students also enroll in:

  • Instructional Development Forum (SPHSC 563)
  • Teaching Practicum (SPHSC 564)

Financial Aid

PhD students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences are guaranteed financial support as teaching or research assistants -- "graduate service appointees" -- during the academic year, as long as they make adequate progress in the program with an established mentor. In addition, the department has traineeships/fellowships supported by the National Institutes of Health on a competitive basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the National Institutes of Health or other funding agencies for individual fellowships to support dissertation work. Summer support can also generally be arranged, although it is not guaranteed.

Research Facilities

The department's research laboratories, as well as those of the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, contain sophisticated equipment for the collection and analysis of data related to the study of human communication and its disorders. The University Speech and Hearing Clinic and the Center on Human Development and Disability also provide laboratories to support basic and applied research in speech, language and hearing development and disorders, across the life span.