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Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (PHD)  
Program Description

The PhD program in SLHS develops outstanding independent researchers and teachers. Program graduates have a broad base of knowledge about human communication sciences and disorders and significant in-depth preparation in their special areas of concentration within the discipline. The Department encourages diversity among applicants to the program and develops programs of study for individual students. Each student’s program is designed in consultation with the student’s program committee, and each doctoral student goes through a rigorous mentoring process involving the major professor selected by the student. In addition, each student engages in a range of research experiences with members of the faculty of the University, both inside the Department, but also outside of it. It is expected that students will engage in scholarly, publishable research endeavors throughout their course of study at the University of Arizona.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Speech Language & Hearing Sciences -

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The University of Arizona offers graduate education regarding the science of human communication and disorders, training for clinical careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and preparation for research careers in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Our faculty members are active researchers, dynamic classroom instructors, and leaders in the profession.  Students learn foundational knowledge, cutting-edge research findings, and evidence-based practice in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

We offer the following graduate degree and certificate programs:

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (MS)
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (PhD)
Bilingual Audiology (Certificate)
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology (Certificate)

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Susan Jacqueline Bridgewater
Graduate Program Coordinator
Susan Jacqueline Bridgewater
Director of Graduate Studies
Kate E Bunton
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

UA Graduate College Application

Minimum GPA 3.0 (Graduate College requirement)

A personal statement (single-spaced) that addresses the following:
- Discuss the factors that led you to pursue advanced studies in speech, language, and hearing sciences. You may comment on aspects of the discipline that interest you, insights gained from coursework,clinical experience or observations,or other personal experiences.
- Describe your career goals.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
- Any academic, scholarly, and professional awards that you have received.
- Leadership experience, extracurricular activities and volunteer or paid work experience.
- Any supervised clinical practicum experience (indicate number of hours and nature of the disorder).

Three Letters of Recommendation from people who can comment on your academic skills and your clinical and research potential.
We recommend that at least two letters be from faculty members.

Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities that you attended.

A sample of scholarly writing, such as a thesis, report of directed research, term paper, or publication.

GRE General Test Scores

TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for non-native English speakers)

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
GRE General test

GRE Scores at about the 30th percentile or better (GRE conversion table)

  • Verbal score ~147 on the new scale; ~400 on the old scale
  • Quantitative score ~147 on the new scale; ~570 on the old scale
  • Writing score of 3.5 or better

Required Test(s) for non-native English speakers:

Minimum TOEFL: 79 (internet-based)  550 (paper-based)
Minimum IELTS:  7 (overall band score)

Financial Aid
  • Teaching and Research Associateships/Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships


Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15th

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15th


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Please contact Dr. Brad H. Story ( if you have questions regarding the PhD Program Requirements.

Minor Requirements
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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 71%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 5.00
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 16%
Enrollment Percent Female 84%
Enrollment Percent International 1%
Enrollment Percent URM 11%

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Last revised 25 Sep 2017