The PhD program is designed to prepare students for careers in academic, research, and/or advanced clinical practice settings within communication sciences and disorders. We seek highly motivated students with research interests related to one or more of the following areas: child language and literacy, acquired cognitive-linguistic impairments in adults, speech perception and production, speech and language development in infants, stuttering, treatment of speech and language impairments, neuroimaging of brain function, and cross-linguistic analyses. Our department at Wayne State University is located in close proximity to a large array of clinical and research facilities, including several major metropolitan health centers (DMC, Henry Ford Health System).
New Ph.D. students begin in the Fall semester and must complete a seminar specifically designed for incoming students. Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on successful completion of the M.A. or M.S. degree, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores.
Applicants to the PhD program have a variety of academic backgrounds, including communication science, linguistics, psychology, speech technology, anthropology and biology. In general, any academic background that emphasizes some aspect of speech, language or hearing can prepare you for a research degree in communication sciences and disorders.
The PhD program at Wayne State University does not provide a pathway to clinical licensure or certification.
Coursework and Research
Coursework and research experiences in the PhD program are highly individualized. You will work with your advisor and committee members to choose courses that prepare you for your dissertation. All students complete course work in statistics as well as seminars on pedagogy and research in the department. In addition, students are encouraged to work in more than one research laboratory during their PhD experience.
For More Information
If you are interested in finding out more about the PhD program at Wayne State, contact the department's PhD Admissions Coordinator at PhDinCSD@wayne.edu. In your message, please provide your preferred method of contact (telephone or email) as well as information on when to reach you. The coordinator will speak with you about the program and your research interests, and will arrange for you to meet with a faculty member with expertise in your area of interest. If your research interests overlap with the research conducted in our department, you will be asked to submit additional application materials.
For information on applying to the PhD program, click here.
Additional information about our program is also available in our PhD Handbook.
General information on the nature of the PhD is available here:
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