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The interdisciplinary PhD in Speech and Hearing Science prepares scholars for careers in basic, clinical, and applied research in academic, industrial, or health care environments. Students pursue a program with the unifying theme of human communication and disorders and take courses from a variety of departments across the university. The program is tailored to students’ specific interests and needs.
Our PhD program provides personalized mentorship and hands-on experience in research, teaching, and service. When you complete a PhD program at Arizona State University, you will be prepared for a changing world!
Our graduate faculty are world-class experts in:
Funded doctoral training is offered through a U.S. Department of Education training grant titled "Research Interventions for Dual Language Learners with Language Learning Disabilities (RIDLLs)." The RIDLLs training provides scholars with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to address the development, scale up, and sustainability of curricula and evidence-based interventions for students with learning disabilities who are dual-language learners. Learn more.
Our PhD provides personalized mentorship and hands-on experience in research, teaching, and service; therefore, students applying to the program should identify a mentor prior to applying to the program. In addition, applicants should visit with potential mentors by phone or in person to discuss your mutual research interests. This will allow you to consider important factors that may affect your decision to continue with your application. Our faculty have active and world recognized research programs with a variety of interests. See the different faculty and research labs to identify possible mentors:
Applicants typically have completed a master's degree or equivalent in speech and hearing science, psychology, linguistics, education, engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with a bachelor's degree, strong research interests, and a strong academic record are also considered.
Applications are reviewed first by the Office of Graduate Education. When the application is complete it is forwarded to the department for review by the PhD admissions committee and the Speech and Hearing Science Graduate Faculty. Criteria for admission include:
All applicants must complete an online graduate admission application and submit the following evidence for admission review:
*Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of the Division of Graduate Education and those of the College of Health Solutions.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=“A”) in an applicable bachelor’s or master’s program.
The priority application deadline for fall admission is December 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed in the order in which they were completed and on a space available basis.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science funds full time doctoral students typically for no more than 4 years. Travel and research financial support is also dependent on department, mentor and university funds availability. Students are encouraged to seek additional funding.
There are scholarships available to incoming graduate students. Speech and Hearing Scholarship applications are due by February 1. For more information visit College of Health Solutions Scholarships
There is no financial aid available through the department, although such aid is available through the Office of Graduate Education; visit their site to explore financial aid opportunities.
A minimum of 56 semester hours of graduate work is required beyond the master's or Au.D. degree or 84 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree.
Required credits beyond a master’s degree include a minimum of
For more detail on the doctoral program and descriptions, please go to the current PhD student handbook
To further explore these areas check out our research labs
The interdisciplinary PhD program in speech and hearing science prepares scholars for careers in basic and applied research in academic, industrial or health care environments. Students pursue an individualized program with the unifying theme of human communication and disorders. Courses are taken from a variety of departments tailored to students' specific interests. In addition to a self-designed program of study, concentrations are offered in auditory and language neuroscience and in translational genetics of communication abilities. Students should visit the program website for further details about these options.