About the Department
Students in the Department hail from all over the nation. Upon leaving the University, our graduates enter the clinical, teaching, and research fields throughout the United States. While in school, Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students conduct original research, participate in symposia, and may serve as research assistants, teaching assistants or assistant instructors. Many of our students publish scholarly articles or deliver papers at professional meetings. We are proud of the high level of professional involvement of our students. All of those who have earned a PhD in our Department have obtained faculty or other professional positions.
Our graduate program is tailored to individual students. Students develop a plan of study in consultation with their faculty advisory committees. Ordinarily, an MA program is completed in two years and a PhD in three or four years after completion of the MA. The AuD program is typically completed in four years. We encourage most students in the PhD program to create a four year full-time work plan because, in our experience, it is difficult to produce a high-quality dissertation if the student is not in residence.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders consistently ranks as one of the nation's top graduate programs. In the 2014 U.S. News & World Report's rankings of Best Graduate Schools, we ranked 10th in Speech-Language Pathology and 21st in Audiology.
Established in 1941 with the founding of The University of Texas at Austin Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is the oldest program of its kind in the state of Texas. Originally housed in the Department of Speech Communication, a separate Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was established in 1998.
In 1979, the School of Communication became the College of Communication. At official ceremonies in April 1982, the three buildings comprising the communication complex were named the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center in honor of Mr. Jones, founder of the Houston Endowment, donor of the College's first and largest endowment. The Jesse H. Jones Communication Center houses the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Our vision is to be a world leader in research, educational programs, and evidence-based clinical services in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Our mission is to:
(1) Provide comprehensive programs of scholarship that will advance the understanding of human communication and related disorders
(2) Build a foundation of knowledge and skills that encourages excellence in academic and clinical practice for the professional lifetime
(3) Promote a culture of collaboration and respect for others
Learn about the wonderful people who keep our department running smoothly.
- Enhance the research enterprise of the department
- Modernize facilities in design and function to better support best clinical practices
- Improve the quality of the graduate programs
- Innovate learning experiences to optimize development of professional knowledge and skills
- Strengthen the undergraduate academic experience
- Better engage with the community