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Communication Sciences and Disorders

By providing a rigorous course of study along with mentored research and teaching experiences, the Ph.D. program is designed to enable students to become high-quality researchers and academics, serving effectively as leaders in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. The intent is to prepare graduates to assume careers as researchers and scholars at colleges, universities, hospitals, industrial settings and research facilities.

Career Profile

Graduates are prepared to assume careers as researchers and teacher-scholars at colleges, universities, hospitals, industrial settings and research facilities. The program is not designed to provide an advanced clinical degree. Rather, the Ph.D. degree will be conferred in recognition of the attainment of the highest academic excellence and productive scholarship. As doctoral programs are an integral step on a lifelong journey of learning and scholarship, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has established the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders to support students in developing knowledge, judgment, skills, and attitudes to facilitate their growth and learning throughout their careers as researchers, scholars and teachers.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

January 15

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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