Apply for a PhD in Communication Disorders and Sciences

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 15, 2020 to apply for fall 2020 admission to the doctoral program.


While the communication disorders and sciences doctoral program is designed to meet the needs of students entering from a variety of specialty areas related to speech-language pathology, swallowing, and brain injury rehabilitation, most applicants have a:

  • Master’s degree in communication disorders
  • Certificate of clinical competence
  • Research area of interest upon admission

Application Instructions

To apply to the communication disorders and sciences doctoral program, you must submit the following directly to the Graduate School:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic background and your aptitude for doctoral work in speech-language pathology.
    • The letters should specify in detail your capabilities for doctoral study.
  2. sumé/curriculum vitae describing all relevant educational, work, and research experience.
  3. Statement of purpose describing your research interests and professional goals.
  4. Academic transcripts for all your previous undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  5. Scores for the GRE verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing subtests.
    • These must have been completed in the last five years.
  6. Students for whom English is not their native language must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of:

  • 600 or above for the paper version
  • 100 or above for the online version

It is strongly recommended that you contact a UO faculty member in your area of specialization before submitting your application.