Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences is primarily designed to prepare candidates with a clinical doctoral (Au.D.) degree or a master's degree in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology for faculty and research positions in universities and other research facilities. Students with a clinical doctoral (Au.D.) degree may be able to complete program in two years, while students with a master's degree typically require a minimum of three years to complete the program requirements. The Ph.D. program consists of coursework in statistics, research methods, higher education pedagogy, advanced topics in hearing, speech, and language sciences, and American Sign Language. Additional requirements include a supervised practicum in higher education teaching, a role-related internship, a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation that addresses a critical question in hearing, speech, and language sciences. The HSLS Ph.D. program is unique in that it has an American Sign Language requirement for both its students and faculty, thereby ensuring that all classes are fully sign-accessible to deaf and hard of hearing students. Students in the HSLS Ph.D. program have excellent research opportunities within the department as well as other Gallaudet departments and affiliated programs in other universities and research sites. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups (deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups) are especially encouraged to apply.

Students entering the Ph.D. program from Gallaudet's Au.D. or SLP program are expected to be continuously enrolled in ASL classes at Gallaudet until they have successfully completed PST 304. Students entering the Ph.D. program from non-Gallaudet programs, who have limited sign language skills, are expected to be continuously enrolled in ASL classes at Gallaudet until they have successfully completed PST 304. In addition, all Ph.D. students are required to complete the clinical sign sequence in the HSLS Department.

For the program of study and requirements for the Ph.D. in HSLS, click the link "Program of Study" in the right-side menu.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.



First Date for Consideration of Application: February 15
Preferred Date for Completed Application: No set date

Students must have completed an Au.D. or equivalent to be considered for regular Ph.D. admission. Other applicants may be considered for conditional Ph.D. admission.

Program Specific Requirements

Au.D. degree or master's degree in Audiology or Speech-language Pathology
ASHA CCC-A or CCC-SLP Certification preferred
GRE or MAT scores
Three letters of recommendation
On-site personal Interview and writing sample

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