Speech and Hearing Science, PhD

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Overview

2017 Speech and Hearing PhD Students

2017 Speech and Hearing PhD Students

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.

Access to World-Class Experts

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:

  • Neuroscience
  • Craniofacial disorders
  • Speech processing and disorders
  • Language and literacy development and disorders
  • Artificial intelligence technology and engineering
  • Neuropsychology
  • Bilingual language development and disorders
  • Fluency
  • Cochlear implants
  • Pediatric audiology
  • Genetics.

Learn more about the research in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science

Training Opportunity

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.

Prospective Students

A student showing a brain model to another studentOur 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:

Admission

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:

  • Evidence of excellence in scholarship and research potential based on GRE scores and previous academic record.
  • Professional goals that are compatible with the PhD degree.
  • Scholarly interests that are compatible with one or more Speech and Hearing Science Graduate Faculty.
  • Agreement by at least one member of the Graduate Faculty to serve as the primary mentor and chair of the student’s Program Committee.
  • After the PhD Committee determines who will be admitted, funding recommendations for the first year of the PhD program are made by the PhD Committee to the department chair based on the quality of materials presented in the PhD application.

All applicants must complete an online graduate admission application and submit the following evidence for admission review:

  • online graduate admission application.
  • GRE scores, including the writing score, taken within the last five years.
  • official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study.
  • professional references from three individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic record, in addition to the contact information of the recommenders.
  • proof of English proficiency*
  • application cover letter and goals statement.
  • resume or curriculum vitae.

*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.

Application Deadline

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.

Financial Support

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.

Fellowships and awards

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

Financial aid

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.

Curriculum

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.

  • Undergraduate students accepted into the Speech/Language Science PhD program will not earn a master’s degree or an Au.D. We do not offer a master’s degree in passing. If you wish to earn your clinical master’s degree in addition to a PhD you must apply to and be accepted into the master’s in communication disorders program. When you are nearing completion of that degree you can apply to the PhD program.
  • Students wishing to complete the requirements for ASHA certification of clinical competence in audiology must apply to the Au.D program. A PhD program of study is available for applicants with an Au.D. degree. See page 16 of the PhD Student Handbook for more information.

Required credits beyond a master’s degree include a minimum of

  • 12 credits in an area of concentration
  • 9 credits of research methods and statistics (must earn a B or better in each course and must successfully complete at least one statistics course during the first year). An introductory data management course does not qualify as a research methods or statistics course.
  • 11 credits of doctoral professional seminar (SHS 790) and professional workshops
    • Workshops on Responsible Conduct of Research and Academic Integrity first year (no credit but required)
    • Scientific Process I: Research Review & Development (1 unit) and Scientific Process II: Research Writing and Presentation (1 unit)
    • Writing group each semester after the first year (1 unit x 6 semesters)
    • Effective Course Development, Teaching, & Mentoring (1 unit)
    • Successful Grant Writing (1 unit)
    • Post Docs, Positions, and Getting off to a Good Start (1 unit)
  • 12 credits of research prior to the dissertation (SHS 792)
  • 12 credits of dissertation research (SHS 799 Dissertation)
  • A minimum of 30 hours of the approved PhD Program, exclusive of dissertation and research hours, are to be completed at ASU.
  • Students transferring from a doctoral program at another institution may petition the PhD Committee to accept up to six transfer credits for application to the program of study..

For more detail on the doctoral program and descriptions, please go to the current PhD student handbook

Expected Timeline for Achieving Doctoral Program Milestones

Semester Milestones
Fall 1
  • Create Individual Development and Progress Plan by Sept. 1
Spring 1
  • Pass Preliminary Exam Prospectus
  • Complete Progress Report Form by March 1
Fall 2
  • Pass Preliminary Exam Defense
  • Update Individual Develop-ment Plan by Sept. 1
Spring/Summer 2
  • Pass Oral/Written Comps
  • Update Progress Report Form by March 1
Fall 3
  • Update Individual Development Plan by Sept. 1
  • Teaching
Spring 3
  • Pass Disserta-tion Prospectus
  • Update Progress Report Form by March 1
Fall 4
  • Update Individual Development Plan by Sept. 1
Spring/Summer 4
  • Defend Disserta-tion
  • Update Progress Report Form by March 1

Sample Schedule for Required Doctoral Workshops, Seminars, Statistics, and Content

Semester Schedule
Fall 1
  • Scientific Process I: Research Review & Development (1 unit)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop (no credit)
  • Statistics (3)
  • 792 (3)
Spring 1
  • Scientific Process II: Research Writing and Presentation (1 unit)
  • Academic Integrity Workshop (required, no credit)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Content (3)
Fall 2
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Content (3)
  • 792 (3)
Spring 2
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Content (3)
Fall 3
  • Effective Course Develop-ment, Teaching, & Mentoring (1 unit)
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Content (3)
  • 792 (3)
Spring 3
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Dissertation – 799 (1)
  • 792 (3)
Fall 4
  • Successful Grant Writing (1 unit)
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Dissertation – 799 (6)
Spring 4
  • Post Docs, Positions, & Getting off to a Good Start (1 unit)
  • Writing Group (1 unit)
  • Dissertation – 799 (6)

Areas of Interest

Students presenting research
  • Language and Literacy Development and Disorders
  • Genetics in Communicative Disorders
  • Language and Literacy Development and Disorders
  • Bilingual Language Development and Disorders
  • Neuroscience of Language
  • Hearing Science
  • Assistive Technology
  • Speech Signal Processing
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Craniofacial and Cleft Palate
  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Stuttering
  • And more!

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 a program with the unifying theme of human communication and disorders. Courses are taken from a variety of departments tailored to students' specific interests.

Degree Offered

Speech and Hearing Science, PhD
Health Solutions, College of

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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