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Speech & Hearing Science

Promote effective communication, a human right, through research and clinical practice. Prepare for a career that improves lives.

Speech & Hearing Science PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for academic research careers in the field of communication sciences and its disorders.

The Ph.D. program is rigorous in terms of expectations but flexible in terms of prerequisites, thereby allowing students to take advantage of the wide variety of courses and research labs available at the university in order to build their own individual expertise. In addition to completing an individualized program of coursework and research experiences, students will develop the necessary skills to review research, develop research questions, design studies, present at conferences, submit papers, and teach courses.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Scores from a GRE test taken within 5 years of the date of application. Use code 1836 to send your results to Illinois.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (Approx 500 words)
  • Resume
  • International students will need to submit scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the Graduate College website for minimum score requirements.

Program Structure

  • Stage 1
    The completion of a master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Stage 2
    Advanced coursework and the completion of departmental requirements
  • Stage 3
    Conduct of the dissertation, the defense, and the deposit.

Curriculum

Degree requirements with an approved master's or Au.D. degree

For more information about degree requirements contact the program director or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 590
SHS 590 History of Comm Sci & Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 592
SHS 592 Prosem Speech & Hearing Science

Hours: 2-4

SHS 594
SHS 594 PhD Early Research Project

Hours: 6-8

SHS 599
SHS 599 Thesis Research

Hours: 24

3 Statistics or related courses

Hours: 12

1 or 2 advanced 500-level SHS seminars

Hours: 4-8

Restrictive Electives

Hours: 8-12

Total Hours: 64

Other Requirements

  • Minimum of 96 credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree or 64 credit hours beyond a master’s degree
  • Qualifying Exam Required Yes
  • Preliminary Exam Required Yes
  • Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
  • Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0

Degree Requirements with an approved Bachelor's Degree

For more information about degree requirements contact the program director or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
SHS 590
SHS 590 History of Comm Sci & Disorders

Hours: 4

SHS 592
SHS 592 Prosem Speech & Hearing Science

Hours: 2-4

SHS 594
SHS 594 Ph.D. Early Research Project

Hours: 8

SHS 599
SHS 599 Thesis Research

Hours: 24

3 Courses in Statistics or related field

Hours: 12

1 or 2 advaced 500-level SHS Seminars

Hours: 4-8

Restricted Elective Hours

Hours: 40-42

Total Hours: 96

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