The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree emphasizes the academic discipline of research. The Ph.D. is granted on evidence that the candidate has achieved a high level of scholarship and proficiency in research. The Ph.D. requires far more than successful completion of a prescribed amount of course work. The student’s competence, ability to work independently, and to write effectively are established by academic course work, written and oral examinations, and evidence of research success. The School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences emphasizes the development of specialized skills consistent with the career aspirations of the candidate, provided that high scholarly expectations are met. While the Ph.D. is essentially a research degree, students may be provided opportunities in teaching, with emphasis on course organization, class preparation, active learning methods, and evaluation procedures as important aspects of doctoral preparation. Financial support is often available throughout the course of the degree program.
Involvement in National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other funded research projects is available in audiology, speech-language pathology, and the hearing, speech, and language sciences. Cooperative efforts with the college of medicine, and departments of psychology (neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and cognition), linguistics (speech perception), health sciences, physical therapy, and education can broaden each student’s academic experience. Student membership in the Institute for the Empirical Study of Language facilitates research collaboration across many disciplines.
Eligibility to Apply
To be considered for admission, you must:
Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
Have completed a core of undergraduate courses including courses in math, biology and physical science, and pre-professional courses including introduction to communication disorders, phonetics, language development, anatomy/physiology of speech and hearing, basic audiology, and speech and hearing sciences (see M.A., Au.D., and Ph.D. programs for more details).
We encourage applicants from other disciplines to apply. If you have not met the course requirements stated above, you may be admitted on a conditional basis while completing these requirements. Upon successful completion of these courses, you will be admitted to the graduate program and become eligible for financial support.
The following materials must be received by February 1 to be considered for admission for the following year.
Note: You must request official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) be sent directly from the testing agency. Student-supplied photocopies are not accepted as official, but may be included for review and to assist with official score matching. The Ohio University reporting code is 1593.
When you submit an ONLINE APPLICATION, you need to provide printed copies of the following materials to complete your application. You will need two separate envelopes for these materials.
In envelope #1 put items 1-3 (as applicable). Mail this envelope to: Graduate College, McKee House, 44 University Terrace, Athens, OH 45701.
1. Copy of Application Submission page or the application transaction (order) ID.
2. Two copies of official transcripts from each U.S. postsecondary institution attended. (Official transcripts are those in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution). Ohio University transcripts will be obtained by the Graduate College on your behalf.
3. Two copies of official or registrar certified transcripts/mark sheets and two certified English translations for each non-U.S. postsecondary institution attended (in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible). Transcripts must reflect all courses taken, including courses that were repeated or taken outside a degree program.
In envelope #2 put items 4-5. Mail this envelope to: Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies, School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences; Grover Center W218; College of Health and Human Services, Athens, OH 45701.
4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people who are qualified to evaluate your capability for graduate study, in envelopes sealed by the person writing the recommendation with the writer’s signature over the seal. These letters may be on the form available through the Graduate College (www.ohio.edu/graduate), or official letterhead stationary, attached to the completed Ohio University recommendation forms. Please make certain to include the program you plan to pursue on the form prior to giving the form to the person providing the reference.
5. The completed supplemental information form available from the school or online at the school’s Web site, http://www.hhs.ohiou.edu/hsls/_bucket/supplementalinfoform.pdf.
NOTE: If submitting an online application, do not submit a paper copy of the application for the same term/degree program.
When you submit a PAPER APPLICATION, provide printed copies of the following materials to complete your application. You will need two separate envelopes for these materials.
In envelope #1 put items 1-7 (as applicable). Mail this envelope to: Graduate College, McKee House, 44 University Terrace, Athens, OH 45701.
1. One completed, signed application (Form 1).
2. One completed, signed In-State Tuition Rates Form (Form 2).
3. One completed, signed Background Information & References Form (Form 3)
4. Non-refundable application fee (check, cash or money order) payable to Ohio University.
5. Two copies of official transcripts from each U.S. postsecondary institution attended. (Official transcripts are those in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution). Ohio University transcripts will be obtained by the Graduate College on your behalf.
6. Two copies of official or registrar certified transcripts/mark sheets and two certified English translations for each non-U.S. postsecondary institution attended (in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible). Transcripts must reflect all courses taken, including courses that were repeated or taken outside a degree program.
7. International applicants who need a certificate of eligibility, include one completed, signed Financial Affidavit of Support (Form 4).
In envelope #2 put items 8-10. Mail this envelope to: Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies, School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences; Grover Center W218; College of Health and Human Services, Athens, OH 45701.
8. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people who are qualified to evaluate your capability for graduate study, in envelopes sealed by the person writing the recommendation with the writer’s signature over the seal. These letters may be on the form available through the Graduate College (www.ohio.edu/graduate), or official stationary, attached to the completed Ohio University Recommendation Form.
9. The completed supplemental information form available from the school or online at the school’s web site, http://www.hhs.ohiou.edu/hsls/_bucket/supplementalinfoform.pdf.
10. Two-to-three page narrative described in admission policies below.
All documents received by the University in connection with an application for admission become the property of Ohio University. They will not be returned or forwarded to another agency or college/university.
All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency by submission of official TOEFL (550 minimum paper-based test/213 computer-based test) or IELTS scores (7.0 overall average). Tests older than two years are not accepted. In addition you must submit a recorded conversation speech sample (not reading). Send the tape-recorded speech to Coordinator of Ph.D.Studies, School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, Grover Center W218, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. See elsewhere in this catalog for exemptions and more details regarding English proficiency requirements.
Favorable candidates may be contacted by the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences to coordinate the interview. Personal interviews are encouraged but not required.
In addition to the application materials discussed above, applicants must submit a two-to-three page narrative detailing previous experience and long- and short-term career objectives. Individual interviews with the director, the coordinator of Ph.D. studies and the faculty mentor in the student’s intended area of study are required. In-person interviews and campus visitations are highly recommended and in some cases may be required.
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for admission to doctoral study:
- A record of high scholastic achievement,
- Letters of recommendation substantiating academic and other strengths,
- GRE scores consistent with doctoral academic demands,
- A career plan describing past experiences, reasons for pursuing doctoral study, desired future employment settings, areas of desired professional expertise, and knowledge, skills, and experiences sought during doctoral study.
Once the HSLS Graduate Committee deems that an applicant is eligible for admission, a graduate faculty member must agree to accept the student as his or her advisee. Applicants are admitted once the coordinator of the Ph.D. studies has been notified that an appropriate faculty member has agreed to serve as the applicant’s academic advisor.
The role of the academic advisor is one of advocacy and mentorship to guide progress toward the doctoral degree. By accepting a student, the advisor is committed to working closely with the student through all aspects of the Ph.D. program. This entails preparation and development of the program of study, ongoing guidance and consultation, periodic re-evaluations, cooperative research, assistance in arranging the preliminary and comprehensive examinations (in collaboration with the coordinator of Ph.D. studies), and consultation on the dissertation proposal, writing and oral defense. In addition to an academic advisor, each Ph.D. student will have an Academic Guidance Committee. The student’s Academic Advising Committee plays a major role in developing the program of study and evaluating scholarly development.
A minimum of 150 quarter hours of graduate work is necessary to complete the Ph.D. degree subject to the following guidelines:
- All acceptable previously accumulated graduate credit hours, up to a maximum of 51 quarter hours, may count toward the minimum 150 hours.
- At least 54 graduate credit hours must be taken from the School, none of which may have been taken as part of any other degree plan. Twenty-eight or more of the 54 hours must be taken in the major area of study. Some examples of major areas of study include speech perception and production, language science, aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders, child language development and disorders, hearing aid technology and benefits, signal processing, cochlear implants, psychophysics, and auditory physiology.
- At least 14 graduate credit hours must be taken in each of two minor areas of study. One of the minor areas must be within the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, and the other in an academic area represented outside the School. Examples of minor areas outside the school include health service administration, gerontology, cognition, neuroscience, and psycholinguistics.
- A minimum of three graduate courses in a statistics sequence.
- A maximum of 24 dissertation hours are allowed as part of the 150 quarter hour requirement.
Successful completion of the preliminary examination, first-year project requirements, comprehensive examinations, annual evaluations, and all courses in the approved program of study, and successful proposal, defense and submission of the dissertation are required for the doctoral degree.
A minimum of three quarters of continuous residence on the Athens campus is required according to University doctoral program policies. A minimum of 12 quarters (3 years) of full-time doctoral study is required by the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences.