PhD - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Wichita State University (WSU)
Wichita, Kansas, United States
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
3 years
March August
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Entry Requirements

  • Admission to the Graduate School at Wichita State University;
  • Minimum grade requirements – 2.75 overall GPA and 3.50 GPA in last 60 semester credit hours;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • One page personal essay in which the applicant describes their reasons for pursuing graduate studies in communication sciences and disorders, and for choosing WSU. A professional resume may also be submitted;
  • Official scores for the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years; 
  • Non-native English speaking students, international and domestic, must submit a TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 79 (iBT) or 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS and a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the iBT or a score of 50 or higher on the SPEAK test. No waivers allowed.


The PhD program in Communication Sciences and Disorders requires a minimum of 65 hours of course work beyond the master’s degree (95 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree), including between 12 and 18 dissertation hours. In addition, 12 hours of research tool courses are required (beyond the 65/95 hours). A doctoral student becomes a “Candidate for the Degree” after passing the Qualifying Examination, which typically is taken during thesemester the approved Plan of Study requirements are completed (excluding dissertation hours). Doctoral candidates must enroll in at least 2 dissertation hours each semester, including the term of graduation. The final requirements for the PhD are the completion of original research, the dissertation, and the oral defense. 

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