Doctor of Philosophy Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at the University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences is designed for students interested in basic or applied research in the disciplines of hearing, speech or language science. The PhD degree program prepares you to work in research or teaching positions in university, clinical, or industrial settings. It provides foundational knowledge and technical expertise and allows you to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

The PhD degree program is based on an apprenticeship model with strong mentoring. You will work closely with a faculty member in your area of interest. The program provides an individualized course of study, including coursework in research design, statistics, grant writing, and teaching methodology. Courses are taught by faculty members who are nationally and internationally known in their areas of expertise. The program encourages you to pursue courses and faculty interactions across departments. Students can take advantage of the many resources of the University of Washington, including the world-renowned Bloedel Hearing Research Center, the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, the Center for Human Development and Disability, the Experimental Education Unit, the University of Washington Medical School, and a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities.