PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Plan of Study
Each student, in consultation with their advisor, will prepare a Plan of Study by January of their first year of their Ph.D. program. The Plan of Study includes a 500 word rationale for the Area of Focus; a list of proposed coursework; and an addendum that lists relevant graduate coursework completed in a master’s degree program, an AuD program, or another related graduate program. The coursework in the Ph.D. program will include the following:
A. The total number of credits required for the Ph.D. program is a minimum of 90 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 credits beyond a master’s degree or AuD. At least 7 credits in dissertation research will be included in the total credit requirement.
1. A minimum of 28 credits must be completed in the Area of Focus. The Area of Focus is a 20 subcategory of speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech-language-hearing science (e.g., Medical Speech Pathology, Language and Literacy, Electrophysiological Measurement, Voice Disorders, Cochlear Implants, etc.). The courses taken in the Area of Focus will include courses offered within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and courses offered through other departments at the University of Cincinnati. The Area of Focus coursework is selected by the student in consultation with their advisor and committee to develop a knowledge base in their chosen area. At least two independent studies (1-3 credits each) in the major and related areas should include opportunities to gain experience in reviewing current literature. Preparation of at least one critical review of the literature, including integration of the major literature with related studies, is expected. Ph.D. students with a medically related focus will take courses listed below:
a.) All Ph.D. students with an Area of Focus related to neuroscience, anatomy, voice, swallowing and
neurogenic based language disorders are required to take the Medical School course Brain, Mind and
Behavior (NS-8041). Students register for the course by signing up for an independent study
(Individual Work in Speech, Language and Hearing Science, CSD-9065) under the direction of Dr.
Pete Scheifele for a minimum of 1-10 credits. This course should be taken in the fall semester of their
first or second year. The course instructor will assign a grade. Additionally, students need to confirm
with the course instructor on the first day of class that they are taking the labs associated with the
b.) Students without a strong background in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology are encouraged to
take, audit or attend all or parts of CSD-8051C Advance Neurological Basis of Communication
Disorders in preparation for Brain, Mind and Behavior.
2. A minimum of 12 semester credits in research, research design, and statistics must be taken as part of the Ph.D. program. All students are required to take at least one qualitative research course. Typically, students with a focus in child language will take both quantitative and qualitative sequences.
3. At least one graduate level course in speech and hearing science is required.
4. 14 credits of the Doctoral Seminar in Communication Disorders series are required. No other course may be substituted. Following is a list of the courses:
CSD-9083 Doctoral Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders I
CSD-9084 Doctoral Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders II
CSD-9086 Doctoral Seminar Pedagogy
CSD-9087 Doctoral Seminar in Communication Disorders: Supervision
CSD-9088 Grant Writing and Reviewing
5. Students are required to register and attend the Topics course for the first two years of their program. You must also register for Doctoral Research Seminar III, a dissertation writing work group that will meet one to two times a month and is available for 1-3 credits (optional for current students and mandatory for students beginning Autumn 2014).
6. A minimum of 7 and maximum of 30 dissertation credits may be included:
35-CSD-9095 Dissertation Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders
7. An outline of the proposed plan of study (described in 1-6 above) includes the following:
a) 500 word rationale for the area of focus
b) Doctoral Seminar -- 14 credits
c) Current Topics – 4 credits
d) Research/Stats – 12 credits
e) Speech Science – 3 credits
f) Area of focus – 28 credits, which will include:
a) Elected classes for the Area of Focus
b) Required for some students:
1) Brain, Mind and Behavior (former Gross Anatomy and Brain and Behavior I
(required for focus related to neuroscience, anatomy, voice, swallowing and
neurogenic based language disorders
2) Optional Advance Neurological Basis of CD – 3 credits
g) Dissertation -- 7-30 credits
h) Minimum Total -- 68 credits
8. In addition to the listing of courses according to the categories above, The Plan of Study
should also include a list of courses planned for each semester. If a planned course is
offered in a different semester than on the Plan of Study, the sequence of courses can be
revised. Committee approval is required when a course listed on the Plan of Study is no
longer available or compatible with the student’s schedule. See recommended format below.
9. The Plan of Study should also include the expected semester and year for the comprehensive exam. One independent study credit may be taken to prepare for the comprehensive exam.
10. The student is expected to maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average for all course work completed in the Ph.D. program. Audited courses do not count toward fulfillment of program requirements.