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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

A minimum of 51 total semester hours for the degree.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1 (firm deadline – all requirements must be met by this date)
  • Spring: September 1 (firm deadline – all requirements must be met by this date)
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) trains researchers and scholars to address the needs of children and adults with communication disorders. The program prepares doctoral students for academic careers in research and university-level teaching in speech-language pathology, and speech and language science. Students make significant contributions to the profession’s research base.

The objectives of the doctoral degree in communication sciences and disorders are:

  • To develop doctoral students to become researchers and scholars in the vast area of communication sciences and disorders.
  • To prepare doctoral students who are equipped to lead and collaborate across disciplines.
  • To prepare doctoral students who will pursue and obtain research faculty positions at research colleges and universities in CSD programs and related disciplines.

Program Highlights

Our Ph.D. program in :60 seconds

Meet Hannah Wendel Griffey,
one of our doctoral students

Program Details

When applying to the communication sciences and disorders program, you will need to submit several documents for review:

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $50
  • Goals statement (upload with the application). Our program requires a personal research statement by all applicants. This statement should provide insight into your personal research goals and why you are interested in our program as a vehicle to help you meet those goals. Applicants should identify a sponsoring mentor who is a member of the graduate faculty in the research statement.
  • Writing sample (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three letters of recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Earned master’s degree from accredited institution in communication sciences and disorders or related field
  • Official transcript(s): minimum 3.5 graduate GPA. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
  • GRE scores (minimum verbal 155 or higher and 151 or higher quantitative score): institution code 5251; scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

A total of 51 semester hours are required to complete this program.

Course Requirements

  • A total of 18 semester hours within the core area. This consists of 15 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of social foundations of education and psychology of learning coursework.
  • A required 10-12 semester hours in the major area
  • A minimum of 8 hours of additional credit hours of elective coursework based on the area of research focus
  • A required 15 semester hours for research and writing of the doctoral dissertation

Funding Your Graduate Education
Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships
Various awards, assistantships, and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator
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The objectives of the proposed doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders are:

  • To create a world class doctoral training program that is a recognized leader in research on the unique characteristics and needs of individuals with communication disorders residing in major cities, including a focus on: a) individuals living in poverty b) the challenges for individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, c) disparities in access to service and service delivery; d)the shortage of valid and reliable instruments and processes for identification and assessment of communication disorders for individuals who are culturally and linguistically diverse; and, e) the importance of development of basic research focused on the needs of those who struggle with communication.
  • To prepare excellent doctoral level students who are prepared to lead and to collaborate across disciplines
  • To prepare excellent doctoral level students who will pursue and obtain research faculty positions at research intensive colleges and universities in CSD programs and related disciplines.

Career Outcomes

This program prepares students for either academic careers in research or teaching at the university level in speech-language pathology, and speech and language science.

In 2024, U.S. News ranks Speech-Language-Pathologist as the #10 job out of 100 and #3 in Best Health Care Jobs.

Learn more about careers in Speech-Language Pathology at the Occupational Outlook Handbook through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Education & Human Development
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30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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