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PhD Program

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is now offering a Doctor of Philosophy Program. The program has been approved by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the United States Department of Education.

The primary educational objective of the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide students with preparation for academic careers in the field of speech-language pathology/communication disorders. The program is mentor-based with the student and mentor designing a program of study that meets the student’s goals within the general guidelines of the program as outlined (e.g., number of credits, first-year project).

The first cohort of students will begin the program in Fall 2020. The deadline is February 15, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission.

How to Apply

Students must meet or exceed the minimum acceptance requirements of the University of Houston Graduate School. Prospective students must complete a Collegenet application

Application requirements include: 

  • An official copy of GRE scores (reflecting scores obtained from within the last 5 years)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Statement of interest(research interests, career objectives, name of potential mentor, etc.)

In addition to the graduate school requirements, the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences also requires:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Applicants must have met with a potential mentor either in person or online. A tentative agreement by a COMD faculty member to provide the applicant’s initial mentoring is required for acceptance into the program.

International students

Applicants with degrees from institutions in other regions of the world must present one of the following scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): (a) a score of 79 or higher on the Internet based version (iBT), with a minimum writing score of 20; (b) a score of 550 or higher on the paper and pencil version (passing score = 550), with a minimum writing score of 58. Alternatively, a student may present a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum writing score of 6.5. In addition to the above, international applicants must also submit each of the following: a Statement of Understanding, a letter of financial backing, a non-refundable application evaluation fee, and the language tests specified above.   

 Full-Time and Part-Time Enrollment 

Students have the option of full-time or part-time enrollment into the UH COMD PhD program. Full-time enrollment is comprised of 9 credit hours per semester; part-time enrollment is comprised of up to 6 credit hours per semester. The curriculum plan for students choosing part-time enrollment must still be completed within the 10-year timeframe as stipulated by the University of Houston.  

 Transfer of Credit Hours 

In accordance with UH policies, up to 9 credits of graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited institutions and counted towards the minimum hours required to complete the program, subject to the approval of the doctoral committee, UH COMD department chair, and the University of Houston.  

Financial Assistance

Financial support is available in the form of Graduate Tuition Fellowships, graduate assistant stipends, and scholarships on a competitive basis. For information on additional sources of financial aid contact the UH Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 713-743-9090.



The curriculum of the doctoral program is designed to provide doctoral students with the necessary foundational courses and research experiences to support a productive academic career.  

Research Activity Requirements 

Successful completion of the following research activities is required as part of the COMD PhD:  

  1. Initial Research Project
  2. Comprehensive Examination
  3. Doctoral Candidacy
  4. Doctoral Dissertation 


Coursework in the COMD PhD program requires a minimum of 54 credit hours of graduate coursework beyond a master’s degree. These 54 credit hours will be obtained by completing coursework and credit in the following areas: advanced statistics, COMD advanced research methods, selected topics in COMD, grant writing, teaching methods, electives outside the major, COMD proseminar, research, and dissertation, as outlined in the table below.  

For students applying to the PhD program with a bachelor’s degree, but without a master’s degree, completion of an additional 30 graduate-level credit hours in COMD and related fields will be expected as part of the PhD curriculum plan for a minimum of 84 total credit hours. As part of the program of study, students will be required to complete all the coursework listed below.

Semester Credit Hour (SCH) Requirements by Category  


SCH  Entering  

with a Bachelor’s  

SCH   Entering  

with a Master’s  

Advanced Statistics  



COMD Advanced Research Methods  



Grant Writing  



Teaching Methods  



COMD Proseminar  



Selected Topics in COMD  



Electives Outside the Major  



COMD Research  






Graduate level credits  







More information about the program will be posted as it becomes available.

Questions can be directed to Ferenc Bunta.