PhD Program

Program Overview

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 plans of study for individual students. Students come to the PhD program with various backgrounds including clinical or nonclinical education and experience. Some have worked in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology and are returning for the PhD, while others pursue the PhD along with the clinical degree (either in sequence or concurrently). 

Each student’s program is designed to individual needs in consultation with the student’s primary faculty mentor and program committee. In addition, each student engages in a range of research experiences with members of the UArizona faculty, both inside the Department and in related departments. Students engage in scholarly, publishable research endeavors throughout their course of study at the University of Arizona. See recent publications with student co-authors.

SLHS has a tradition of engaging our students with ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP).


In order to apply to the PhD program, applicants need to complete an application through the University of Arizona Graduate College's GradApp system. 

Application Requirements

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Resume
  3. Scholarly Writing
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  6. Unofficial Transcripts

Application Submission Timelines

These are the dates that our GradApp application will be open for you to enter and submit your information.

  • For admission to the fall semester: November 1 - February 1
  • For admission to the spring semester: July 1 - September 1

Questions?  If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact us by email at or by phone at 520-621-1192.

The application process opens in November for the following school year.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

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