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Communication Disorders and Sciences (Ph.D.)

McKay Moore Sohlberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, HEDCO Professor


Mailing Address: 
5284 University of Oregon


Program Description

The doctoral degree program in Communication Disorders and Sciences emphasizes advanced knowledge, scholarship, leadership, and clinical competence in speech-language pathology and cognitive communication sciences.

The program is organized around four major activities: (a) Program Coursework, (b) Comprehensive Papers, (c) Competency Activities and (d) Dissertation, Teaching and Research

For the Ph.D. in Communication Disorders and Sciences, a total of 75 credits are required beyond the master's degree. These credits include the 18 required credits of dissertation research. A minimum of 21 credits must be taken in the student's area of specialization (e.g., child language/adult language disorders).


The Communication Disorders and Sciences doctoral program is designed to meet the needs of students entering from a variety of backgrounds and specialty areas. Most applicants have a master's degree in Communication Disorders and their certificate of clinical competence upon admission, but this is not a requirement.

January 15, 2019 is the deadline to apply for Fall 2019 admission to the doctoral program.

Application, Deadlines, and Admission

If you wish to apply to the CDS 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. A resume/vita describing all relevant educational, work, and research experience.
  3. A 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, GRE Quantitative, and GRE Analytical Writing subtests. These must have been completed in the last 5 years.
  6. If English is not your native language, then you must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or above for the paper version or a score of 100 or above for the Web version.

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