PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The doctoral program in communication sciences and disorders requires a minimum of 65 hours beyond the master’s degree, or 95 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, on the plan of study (including a maximum of 18 hours of dissertation). In addition, 12 hours of research tool courses are required. A doctoral student becomes a candidate for the degree after passing the qualifying examination, which typically is taken during the semester the plan of study requirements are completed (exclusive of dissertation hours). Doctoral candidates enroll in at least 2 dissertation hours each semester (including the semester of graduation). The final requirements for the PhD are the completion of original research, the dissertation and an oral defense.

Admission

Minimum requirements for application to CSD graduate programs:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  2. Minimum grade requirements: 2.750 overall GPA and 3.000 (MA & AuD); 3.500 (PhD) GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours. Receive a grade that generates at least 2.000 credit points per credit hour in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Statement of purpose.
  5. Professional resume.
  6. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years.
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores for either the TOEFL or the academic module of the IELTS examination taken within the last two years. No waivers allowed. Minimum acceptable scores to be considered for admission are: TOEFL - 100 Internet-based with a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion (MA and AuD) and 79 Internet-based (PhD); IELTS - an  overall band score of 7.5 (MA and AuD) and 6.5 (PhD); PTE-Academic - a score of 73 (MA and AuD) and 58 (PhD).
  8. AuD and PhD only: Completion of interview with program faculty/clinical supervisors, which will include (but not be limited to) an assessment of academic potential, motivation and commitment to the profession, and interpersonal and communication skills. Not all applicants will be offered an interview.

To be considered for admission, the following steps must be completed by the published deadline:

  1. Application for admission to the WSU Graduate School, including official transcripts from all institutions attended; and either
  2. MA and AuD only: Application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) including all transcripts, letters of recommendation and supporting documents; or
  3. PhD only: Submit supporting documents directly to the WSU CSD department.

Notes:

  1. Application to these graduate programs is competitive, which means there are more applications than positions offered each year.
  2. The ability to meet the essential functions for students in clinical speech-language pathology and audiology programs is required (contact the program for more information).
  3. Refer to the department's website for complete information.

Admission to the MA program is considered for students who have completed an undergraduate major in the area of speech, language and hearing disorders. Selected undergraduate or closely allied courses may be considered. Additionally, students with a degree from another field will be considered for admission after completion of prerequisite courses. Admission is for fall semester only. The deadline to submit completed CSDCAS applications is January 15 (11:59 p.m. EST). Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts and other supporting documents are due by January 15.

Undergraduate students may request early admission to the MA program under the senior rule policy if they:

  1. Meet the requirements for senior rule status as described in the Graduate School policies section of the Graduate Catalog;
  2. Meet GPA requirements for senior rule status and have a 3.700 GPA in the last 60 credit hours;
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation from CSD faculty or clinical educators. Two letters from CSD faculty and one letter from a faculty member in a related academic area is acceptable; and
  4. Have a minimum MAT score of 415 or a minimum GRE score of 157 Verbal, 159 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.

Consult the department for an application packet. Early admission is contingent on faculty review of all application materials. Application deadline is January 15 for entry in the fall semester; October 15 for entry in the spring semester.

Admission to the AuD program is considered for students who have completed an undergraduate major in the area of speech, language and hearing disorders. Selected undergraduate or closely allied courses may be considered. Additionally, students with a degree from another field will be considered for admission with the understanding that prerequisite coursework will be required during their first year of the program. Admission is for summer session only. The deadline to submit completed CSDCAS applications is January 15 (11:59 p.m. EST). Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts, and other supporting documents are due by January 15.

Admission to the CSD PhD program is restricted to those students whose abilities, experience and previous coursework indicate that they are likely to be able to complete the doctoral program successfully. It is expected that the applicant will have acquired sufficient knowledge in communication sciences and disorders to be prepared for entry into an integrated program of advanced study and research. Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis.