Prospective Students

In order to be accepted into the doctoral program, there must be a faculty member who indicates that he or she wants to work closely with you. Individuals who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at UT Austin should contact one or two specific faculty members that they think may be interested in studying with.  After discussions with the faculty members about their specific research interests, the individual asks one faculty member if they would be willing to serve as their mentor. The faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor writes a summary statement that goes into the applicant's application folder.

Academic Faculty bios are available to help you determine which faculty member best fits your interest. All applicants are expected to interview (either in person or telephone) with the CSD Graduate Advisor and faculty member they wish to serve as their mentor.

Doctoral Program Objectives

The student is required to demonstrate knowledge and/or proficiency in the following core competencies before the doctoral degree is awarded:

Comprehensive depth and breadth of knowledge in program specialization

  • Develop core knowledge of critical concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks in a specialized area within Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective, and ability to assess how related fields merge and intersect with selected specialized area.

  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills in a selected specialized area within CSD

Ability to conduct and communicate scholarly research

  • Demonstrate an understanding and application of statistical theory and experimental design required for conducting novel research in CSD

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research projects within selected specialized area within CSD

  • Develop the ability to communicate critical scientific information effectively in oral and written modalities

Professional skills in Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Develop excellence in teaching

  • Develop ability to procure funding for research and other scholarly pursuits

  • Develop understanding of research ethics and incorporate ethical standards in own research

  • Develop ability to evaluate disciplinary research and contribute to the scientific review process

Read Our Ph.D. Program Guide