DoctorateCommunication Sciences and Disorders

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in communication sciences and disorders from Wichita State will prepare you to function professionally as an independent researcher, teacher-scholar in an academic setting or as a program administrator.

Individualized doctoral programs of study, mentoring by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, and specialized practica are combined to help you develop optimal research and teaching skills.

Learn how Communication Sciences and Disorders is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Consideration for program admission requires:

  • Application for admission to the WSU Graduate School, including official transcripts from all institutions attended; and either
  • MA and AuD only: Application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) including all transcripts, letters of recommendation and supporting documents; or
  • PhD only: Submit supporting documents directly to the WSU CSD department.

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Inside the Program

CSD students participate in CLARION Interprofessional National Competition

Each year CSD students participate in the prestigious CLARION Interprofessional Competition, a national competition dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration.

Student teams are given a case and charged with creating a feasible 360-degree, interprofessional plan to address a specific health care issue. Students work as part of an interdisciplinary team and present their research to a panel of interprofessional judges.


The doctoral program requires a minimum of 65 hours beyond the master's degree or 95 hours beyond the bachelor's degree. In addition, 12 hours of research tool courses are required.

A doctoral student becomes a candidate for the degree after passing the qualifying examination, which typically is taken during the semester the plan of study requirements are completed (exclusive of dissertation hours). Candidates take at least two dissertation hours each semester. The final requirements for the PhD are the completion of original research, the dissertation and an oral defense.


A degree in communication sciences and disorders from Wichita State will put you on the path toward a high-paying, high-demand career in audiology or speech-language pathology—with employment in a wide range of settings from local schools and clinics to large health care facilities.

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