Language is a complex and uniquely human brain function. With training in innovative research methods like neuroimaging and electrophysiology, you can become poised to make discoveries regarding how the brain processes language and sound. Benefit from personalized mentorship and hands-on experience in research, teaching and service offered by expert faculty.
The auditory and language neuroscience concentration within the PhD program in speech and hearing science trains scholars in basic and applied research in the fields of auditory and language neuroscience. Students develop a strong foundation from which to conduct impactful neuroscience research related to healthy auditory and language abilities as well as the neural bases of communication disorders.
This program's faculty are in a unique position to provide this integrated training experience because of the program's focus on innovative approaches to the field of speech, language and hearing science. Faculty backgrounds include engineering, neuroscience and psychology in addition to expertise in speech-language pathology and auditory neural prosthetics.
GRE waivers for the PhD in speech and hearing science (auditory and language neuroscience) program can be requested. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing each applicant's background and relevant experience. To be considered for a GRE waiver, contact CHSgrad@asu.edu.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field and do not wish to earn a clinical master's degree, or if they have earned a master's degree or equivalent in speech and hearing science, psychology, linguistics, or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study
- application cover letter and personal statement
- three letters of recommendation
- resume or curriculum vitae
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. We welcome international applicants and have a strong record of training international students in our program. For all applicants of graduate programs at ASU, English proficiency is a requirement. There are several different avenues to demonstrate English proficiency, including through previous academic experiences in English, standardized tests, or through online courses. Please refer to ASU's Graduate College English proficiency requirements for more details about English proficiency requirements.
Professional letters of recommendation should be from three individuals who can speak to one or more of the following: academic performance, clinical performance, or potential to succeed in a research-intensive doctoral program. The letter writers are typically faculty, clinical or research supervisors. If the applicant has spent some time away from research or academia, it is still recommended to have some letters from those experiences, in addition to a more recent clinical or research supervisor.
In addition to uploading a letter of recommendation, letter writers are asked to rate the applicant on the following:
- academic performance
- analytical skills
- creativity and originality
- emotional maturity
- honesty and integrity
- intellectual potential
- mathematical and statistical skills
- motivation to complete a PhD
- oral communication skills
- promise as a researcher in the discipline
- working with others
- written communication skills.
Letter writers also are asked to respond to the following short answer questions or prompts:
- What is the context in which you have known the applicant?
- Describe instances where you have seen this person go above and beyond?
- Do you have any reservations about this applicant? If yes, what are they?
- Describe an instance where you have seen the applicant demonstrate technical, analytical or problem-solving skills.
- Would you admit this applicant to our PhD program? Why or why not?
- Please provide any additional comments regarding the applicant's potential.
The personal statement, typically one or two double-spaced pages, should address the student's motivation to pursue a PhD with a specific faculty mentor in the program and include evidence of potential to succeed in a research-intensive doctoral program and goals for the future. Examples of evidence of potential to succeed include technical skills, clinical experiences, and research achievements and interests.