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Degree Requirements

Traditional Ph.D. Program Requirements:

The following is a description of the degree requirements for the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

1. Traditional Ph.D Transfer Hours:

Each student must earn a total of 81 graduate semester credit hours to meet the requirements for a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. All students must complete a minimum of 57 semester credit hours in the TTUHSC Ph.D. program. Note that the total degree requirement hours may consist of a combination of graduate transfer hours and graduate hours completed within the program.

A. Students with a graduate degree in Communication Disorders may transfer up to 24 graduate semester credit hours to the Ph.D. program. Transfer of graduate credit hours will be subject to approval by the student's Planning Committee and the Program Director.

B. Students with a graduate degree in a field other than Communication Sciences and Disorders may transfer up to 12 graduate semester credit hours to the Ph.D. program. Transfer of graduate credit hours will be subject to approval by the student's Planning Committee and the Program Director. These students will also be required to enroll in 12 additional graduate credit hours in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as determined by the student's Planning Committee. These additional 12 semester credit hours will serve as a basic foundation in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

2. Traditional Ph.D. Degree Requirement Hours

A. Pre-comprehensive exam hours: Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours prior to the comprehensive exam.

B. Statistics/research design hours: Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours in statistics/research design. Courses that fulfill the 9 semester credit hour requirement must be approved by the student's Planning Committee. Courses in statistics/research design are not limited to 9 semester credit hours, as the student's planning committee may require additional hours, based on student interest and/or proficiency.

C. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours that will be offered within the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need.

D. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of lab rotations offered within the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need.

E. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours offered outside of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need. (Note that these 9 credit hours do not include the required courses in statistics/research design.)

F. Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 6 additional semester credit hours that will be offered either within or outside of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, as determined by the student's planning committee and based on student interest and need.

G. Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 3 research credit hours of pre-dissertation project (AHSL 8000-8003), as determined by the student's Pre-dissertation Committee. Upon completion of the pre-dissertation project, each student must pass a formal defense of the project.

H. The following table summarizes the semester credit hour requirements for the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Course requirementsSemester credit hour requirements
1. Foundation courses            (Choose 1 of the following options) -Graduate degree in communication disorders – may transfer up to 24 graduate hours
-Graduate degree in a field other than communication disorder – may transfer 12 graduate hours and complete an additional 12 graduate hours within the department                                                           -24 hours if no master's degree earned
2. Required courses 9 hours of statistics/research design
3 hours of pre-dissertation project
9 hours of dissertation project
9 hours of lab rotations
12 hours within the department prior to the comprehensive examination
3. Prescribed elective courses 9 hours outside of the department prior to the comprehensive examination, excluding statistics/research design requirements
4. Freely elected courses 6 hours additional hours either within or outside the department
5. Other 3 hours for students without a completed Master’s Thesis
Total degree hours Minimum of 81

Au.D./Ph.D. Program Requirements:

 

1. Au.D./Ph.D. Concurrent Enrollment Requirements:

The following is a description of the Ph.D. degree requirements for students concurrently enrolled in the Au.D. and the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Refer to the Au.D. handbook for degree requirements for that portion of the program. Each student must earn a total of 81 graduate semester credit hours to meet the requirements for a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Note that the total degree requirement hours may consist of a combination of graduate transfer hours and graduate hours completed within the program.

2. Au.D./Ph.D. Transfer Hours:

Students completing the doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree may transfer up to 30 graduate semester credit hours from the Au.D. program to the Ph.D. program. Transfer of graduate credit hours will be subject to approval by the student's Planning Committee and the Program Director.

3. Au.D./Ph.D. Degree Requirement Hours:

A. Pre-comprehensive exam hours: Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 42 credit hours prior to the comprehensive exam.

B. Statistics/research design hours: Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours in statistics/research design. Courses that fulfill the 9 semester credit hour requirement must be approved by the student's Planning Committee. Courses in statistics/research design are not limited to 9 semester credit hours, as the student's planning committee may require additional hours, based on student interest and/or proficiency.

C. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours that will be offered within the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need.

D. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of lab rotations offered within the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need.

E. The student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 credit hours offered outside of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as determined by the student's Planning Committee, and based on interest and need. (Note that these 9 credit hours do not include the required courses in statistics/research design.)

F. Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 6 additional semester credit hours that will be offered either within or outside of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, as determined by the student's planning committee and based on student interest and need.

G. Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 3 research credit hours of pre-dissertation project (AHSL 8000-8003), as determined by the student's Pre-dissertation Committee. Upon completion of the pre-dissertation project, each student must pass a formal defense of the project.

Course requirements: Au.D./Ph.D.Semester credit hour requirements
1. Foundation courses            Graduate degree in communication disorders – may transfer up to 24 graduate hours plus an additional 6 Au.D. hours, for a total of 30 graduate hours.
2. Required courses 9 hours of statistic/research design
3 hours of pre-dissertation project
9 hours of dissertation project
6 hours of lab rotations
9 hours within the department prior to the comprehensive examination
3. Prescribed elective courses 9 hours outside of the department prior to the comprehensive examination, excluding statistics/research design requirements
4. Freely elected courses 6 hours additional hours either within or outside the department
5. Other Must complete Au.D. Clinical Research project with a data-driven project.
Total degree hours Minimum of 81

Requirements for ALL Ph.D. Students

1. Comprehensive Examination:

Each student will be required to pass a comprehensive examination.

A. The pre-dissertation research project must be completed and defended prior to the onset of the comprehensive examination.

B. The comprehensive examination will consist of a 3-week take-home examination of 3-4 questions composed by the student's Comprehensive Examination Committee.

C. There is a page limit of 15 pages (without references) per answer. Pages should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

D. The student will be required to pass a formal oral defense of the comprehensive examination.

2. Dissertation:

Each student will be required to complete a dissertation project.

A. The student will be required to enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours of dissertation research (AHSL 9000-9003).

B. The number of hours for which students enroll in each semester depends on their level of involvement in research and their use of university facilities and faculty time. Students in residence who are devoting full time to research should enroll for 9 to 12 hours.

C. Once the dissertation is begun, a student must be enrolled in such 9000-level courses every semester until completion. A student should enroll under section corresponding to the committee chairperson. Students must enroll in a minimum of two consecutive semesters prior to graduation.

D. A doctoral student who is required to register solely for the purpose of satisfying a continuous enrollment requirement need not register for more than 1 credit hour during each term. However, a doctoral student who is involved in internship, research, or another type of academic study should register for credit hours in proportion to the teaching effort required of the program faculty.

E. The student will be required to pass a formal prospectus proposing the dissertation project (i.e., a formal oral presentation of the proposed research project to the Dissertation Committee).

F. The student will be required to pass a formal oral defense of the dissertation and submit a written dissertation document.

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