DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
Wichita State University (WSU), a Kansas Board of Regents institution, is located
in a growing metropolitan area that offers diverse opportunities for research. The
330-acre campus, which has an outdoor art collection of more than 60 pieces by internationally
known artists, is one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the country.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), which began in 1932 in conjunction with the Institute of Logopedics, has an outstanding clinical service and research record. In addition, the Evelyn Hendren Cassatt Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provides many opportunities for research.
The PhD program in CSD prepares doctoral students to be scholar-scientists in research and teaching. Individualized doctoral programs of study, mentoring by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, and specialized practica are provided to help doctoral students develop optimal research and teaching skills. The goal of the CSD doctorate is for the student to acquire the knowledge and skills that lead to scholarly research, expertise in teaching, and professional leadership. To earn the PhD, students need to acquire a substantial mastery of scientific knowledge and also demonstrate the ability to use that knowledge independently and creatively.