Degree Requirements

Requirements

Complete 78 semester hours in the following 3 areas (66 semester hours for students entering with a Master’s degree in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders):

 ACADEMIC CORE: Complete 20 semester hours

 Complete 7 courses (17 semester hours):

CSND 577** Scientific and Professional Writing 3
CSND 702 Clinical Instrumentation 3
CSND 703 Biomedical Ethics 2
CSND 801 Advanced Scientific and Professional Writing 3
CSND 809 Speech Perception 3
CSND 834 Seminar in University Teaching 1
CSND 835 Practicum in University Teaching 2

Complete 1 course from the following by advisement** (3 semester hours): **CSND 577 may be waived for students entering with a Master’s degree in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CSND 534   Speech and Hearing Science                                       3
CSND 602 Hearing and Speech Science 3

**This requirement may be waived for students entering with a Master’s degree in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Complete 32 semester hours

 Complete 3 required courses (9 semester hours):

CSND 750 Research Methods             3
STAT 600 Statistical Methods for Research Workers I      3
STAT 601 Statistical Methods for Research Workers II       3

Complete 1 elective statistics course  by advisement (3 semester hours):

 DIRECTED READINGS: Complete 8 semester hours of directed readings

CSND 899 Directed Readings                                                    1 - 3

 DISSERTATION: Complete 12 semester hours of dissertation advisement

CSND 900 Dissertation Advisement                                       3-12

 ELECTIVES: Complete 26 semester hours by advisement**

**Six semester hours may be waived for students entering with a Master’s degree in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Students may take up to 12 credits of elective coursework outside of CSND (3 credits of additional statistics coursework and 9 credits of coursework in a related discipline such as biology, linguistics, or psychology) by advisement

Other requirements

Requirements for advancement to doctoral candidacy

 Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination is administered by the student’s advisory committee, which is composed of at least three faculty members. The exam will focus on areas of scholarship that have been approved by the student’s committee as well as research methods and professional ethics. For each topic area, the Qualifying Examination seeks to assess the student’s

  • knowledge base of the historic and current scholarship;
  • ability to evaluate critically the relevant research literature;
  • familiarity with issues that intersect with related disciplines; and
  • understanding of the important areas for further research.

Qualifying Research Project

Each student must complete a pre-dissertation research project. This project should be selected and developed in collaboration with a faculty advisor. The project may serve as a pilot/preliminary study for the student’s dissertation project. The qualifying research project must be data-based and adhere to the guidelines that generally define empirical research. To complete the project successfully, the student must:

  • Prepare a written paper on the research project.
  • Submit the report to the faculty advisor for approval.
  • Present the report orally before students and faculty.
  • Submit the report for presentation and/or publication

 Dissertation

The final stage of research training is the completion of a dissertation, which should be original research of appropriate quality and quantity to warrant publication. The dissertation is supervised by a faculty research mentor and a committee of at least 2 faculty members. The nature, scope and originality of the dissertation research are approved by the dissertation committee. The dissertation must be a complete document appropriately organized into chapters, paginated and containing a table of contents, all tables and legends, all figures and captions, a complete list of references and all appendices. To complete the dissertation successfully, the student must:

  • Prepare a dissertation proposal, which must be presented, approved, and signed by all members of the dissertation committee.
  • Submit the dissertation to the faculty advisor and committee for approval.
  • Participate in an Oral Defense that includes presenting an overview of the completed project and answering questions from the committee and other attendees.