Doctoral Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The doctoral programs are designed for advanced scholars with interest in communication sciences and disorders. Students may enroll in either the PhD program in speech-language pathology, audiology, or communication sciences or in the AuD degree program.
PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The graduate program with a research concentration in communication sciences and disorders emphasize training for research. The program is an "apprenticeship" program in which students work closely with a faculty member who has agreed to supervise the student's research. Students enrolled in the PhD program are required to take course work in a science core, a support core taken across disciplines, a statistics core, and an area of concentration developed with the major professor.
Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University offers clinical doctorate in audiology. The program includes a core of clinical coursework and a core including clinical rotations and clinical residency.
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Doctoral Program Requirements
The Admissions Committee will make a holistic judgment of applicant qualifications. Admission to study at the doctoral level requires acceptance by the Graduate School and the department. The application for admission to the Graduate School and official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent to the dean of the Graduate School. In addition, the following must also be sent to the Graduate School: Graduate Record Examination scores; three letters of recommendation, with at least two from previous faculty of previous colleges or universities attended; a sample of scholarly writing which may be a thesis, a published or unpublished reprint, or term paper; and a statement that summarizes in as much detail as possible the reasons for pursuing doctoral study and doctoral research objectives.
Applicants for all doctoral degrees are accepted on a rolling basis; admission can occur in fall, spring, or summer semesters. Priority for financial support through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be given to individuals whose applications are complete and submitted by February 1st.
PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Doctor in Audiology (AuD)
The PhD program requires a minimum 53 s.h. of didactic and research experiences beyond the masters degree or 95 s.h. beyond the bachelors degree. The student will develop a background in a science core curriculum (12 s.h.), a support core taken across disciplines (9 s.h.), a statistics core (statistics and research design) (minimum 9 s.h.), research ethics (2 s.h.), a research internship (6 s.h.), and dissertation (minimum 3 s.h.). The student and major professor will select and design an area of major concentration, including 12 s.h. of course work or independent studies. Except for credits accepted by transfer, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires that all graduate work, including the dissertation, be completed in residence. The course of study ordinarily requires at least three years of fulltime study.
Baccalaureate admission: The post-baccalaureate AuD degree program consists of a minimum of 99 graduate credit hours to include broad-based knowledge in areas of applied clinical audiology, structure and development of hearing and communication disorders, speech and hearing sciences, statistics, computers and instrumentation, and research design.
Post-Master's admission: Students with a master's degree may seek admission to the AuD program. Admission decisions will be made on an individual basis with review of the educational background as well as the admissions requirements. Individuals seeking post-master's entrance will be required to complete the minimum 99 graduate semester hours. Those hours may include up to 20% of approved transfer graduate credit hours.
The AuD degree program includes the following minimum required credit hours: a science core curriculum (12 s.h.), a support core taken across disciplines (4 s.h.), a statistics core (5 s.h. in statistics and research design), clinical audiology course work (38 s.h.), clinical experience/residency (36 s.h.), and capstone (4 s.h.).