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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD)

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9 credits, including a 2-course sequence on the basics (t-test etc.), ANOVA and Regression, and a third course depending on student needs (e.g., single-subject, mixed modeling, non-parametrics, Bayesian, qualitative methods, etc.).

Research Methodology

Research Principles

 3 credits, aimed at coverage in philosophy and history of science, contemporary scientific philosophy and research principles, and initial development of students’ current research ideas in their domains of interest in line with these principles.


Oriented towards students’ specific needs and direction (e.g., Matlab, Eprime, Programming, fMRI/fNIRS, Eye tracking, etc.). This may be an undergraduate course if appropriate and approved by the student’s POS committee. In these cases UD policies for course numbering shall be followed.

Choose one of the following:

Relevant Courses in Content Area

Courses in associated basic sciences relevant to the student’s interests (cognate courses), lab rotations, and independent studies specific to the student:  21 credits total. 

At least 3 semester hours should be from an independent study with the student’s primary advisor to be taken in the first year.  The student must take at least 3 s.h. of Advanced Seminars in CSCD. The topic will vary with instructor.  Other credits may include credits obtained outside the department. There is value in participating in formal seminars and classes as a group. With this in mind, a maximum of 9 credits for lab rotations and/or independent study registrations may count toward the degree.

Post qualifying exam coursework

Grantwriting course:  3 credits; a goal will be to complete a fundable federal application. Products should be submitted for funding if the student is eligible. This course will typically be taken after the student completes his/her qualifying exam successfully and may be repeated with permission of the instructor.  

Pre-candidacy study (Prospectus): 3-6 credits, may be repeated.  Will initiate after successful completion of the qualifying exam.

Dissertation: Variable credit, 1-9 semester hours.  Students may enroll for dissertation credit following successful presentation and defense of the prospectus. The first semester of dissertation will carry 6-9 semester hours of dissertation credit.  Subsequently, students may enroll for 1 credit of dissertation per semester, unless fellowship or funding rules require greater registrations.

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