The Ph.D. program is designed to produce a highly qualified professional who may be employed in a university, clinic, hospital, research laboratory, or school system. The successful candidate will demonstrate general mastery of the field of Speech Pathology with special expertise in at least two areas of the field, declared in the program of study (selected from the following: articulation/phonology, cleft palate, aphasia, motor speech disorders, language disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, alaryngeal speech, and clinical supervision).
The candidate will develop skills and experience in teaching, clinical supervision, and research. At least one semester will be spent in each of these activities under the direct supervision of a departmental graduate faculty member. Coursework is designed to develop expertise in the two areas of specialization selected and will lay the foundation for an experimental dissertation that will contribute original knowledge to the field.