Ph.D. in Speech Pathology

The University of Nevada, Reno's Ph.D. in Speech Pathology creates highly qualified professionals with skills across multiple specialties in the field.

Program at a glance

Admissions cycle: Fall
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
Assistantship Types Available: Teaching, Research
Graduate Director: Debra Vigil

Why choose this Ph.D. in Speech Pathology?

Extensive hands-on training defines the University’s Speech Pathology Ph.D., with students having ample opportunities in clinical supervision in the department's on-site clinic, teaching and research. Small class sizes representing a diverse student population provide for a rich educational experience that enhances the program’s curriculum.

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology is housed in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and conducts research in multiple areas. The department is home to many specialty clinics. Students are required to participate with faculty members in the specialty clinics and on research projects. 

Program graduates will demonstrate mastery of the field of Speech-Language Pathology with special expertise in at least two of the following areas:

  • Articulation/phonology
  • Cleft palate
  • Aphasia
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Voice disorders
  • Alaryngeal speech
  • Autism
  • Literacy
  • Clinical supervision

All successful candidates 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. All faculty members in the Speech Pathology Ph.D. are leaders in their field who hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

For more on the department’s work, please visit the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Research page. For more on the instructors, please see the department’s faculty and staff page.

View the Speech Pathology graduate handbook to learn more about the program.

How do I apply?

All candidates must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Additionally, candidates are required to have a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of ASHA and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Candidates also need GRE scores that are less than five years old and three letters of recommendation from professionals. Applications are accepted in the fall and the application deadline is Feb. 1.

Is funding available?

Teaching and research assistantships are available to Speech Pathology doctoral students. All financial support is awarded based on academic standing and need. For information on other forms of financial assistance, please see the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

What’s next?

If you are ready to begin at the University, you can apply now. If you have questions about the Speech Pathology Ph.D. program, please contact:

Tami Brancamp, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7020

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