Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students for academic and research careers in college and university settings. Students may enter the program at the post-baccalaureate level. Students with an earned Master’s degree in speech-language pathology who are practicing clinicians and want additional study in research may also apply. The program provides an opportunity to pursue applied research (i.e., research that relates to clinical practice) as well as basic science research.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to:

  1. prepare graduates to become independent researchers in order to answer important theoretical and clinical questions relating to normal and disordered communication.
  2. prepare graduates to use their research skills to critically analyze new information in the discipline.
  3. prepare graduate to function as educators who are prepared to teach in colleges and universities.

Additionally for post-master’s students, the program is designed to: 

  1. prepare graduate to be models of best practice within a variety of clinical settings by broadening the base of their clinical knowledge.
  2. prepare graduate to be innovators in best practice for clinical skills.
  3. allow graduate with a specific practice focus to become experts in their  area of interest.


The evaluation of applications for admission is the responsibility of the program’s Admissions Committee. The Committee reviews each application and renders a judgment of the applicant’s overall potential for success in doctoral study. This judgment is based on the following considerations:

  • Review of the applicant’s past academic performance, which involves not only consideration of grade-point-average, but also of the nature of previous coursework and the pattern of grades in various subject areas.
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination General Test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing). In addition, scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required in the case of international students.
  • Three letters of recommendation, most appropriately from professors familiar with the student’s work who can testify to the applicant’s potential to complete the program.
  • A personal statement written by the applicant reviewing reasons for applying to the program, career objectives and relevant background information. Applicants must include their intended academic and research emphasis in order to identify potential faculty mentors.
  • An interview with the Admissions Committee and potential faculty mentors.
  • Application fee ($60).

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For complete information regarding the University admission requirements and the application process, please contact the Graduate School at (973) 655-5147 or website at:

Program Requirements

Academic Core
CSND 577Scientific and Professional Writing3
CSND 702Clinical Instrumentation3
CSND 703Biomedical Ethics2
CSND 801Advanced Scientific and Professional Writing3
CSND 809Speech Perception3
CSND 834Seminar in University Teaching1
CSND 835Practicum in University Teaching2
CSND 534Speech and Hearing Science3
or CSND 602 Hearing and Speech Science
Research Experience
CSND 750Research Methods3
STAT 600Statistical Methods for Research Workers I3
STAT 601Statistical Methods for Research Workers II3
Select one of the following:3
Applied Statistics
Statistical Theory I
Statistical Theory II
Statistical Computing
Practicum in Statistics I
Non-Parametric Statistics
Design and Analysis of Experiments
Applied Regression Analysis
Sampling Techniques
Intermediate Statistics Methods
Statistical Data Mining I
Statistical Data Mining II
Statistical Consulting
Topics in Statistics
Research Methods in Statistical Science
Biostatistics I
Biostatistics II
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
Advanced Topics in Statistics
Multivariate Analysis
Practicum in Statistics II
Advanced Statistical Methods
Independent Study in Statistics
Complete for a total of 8 credits8
Directed Readings
Select 26 credits from the list by advisement (see below)26
Dissertation Advisement
CSND 900Dissertation Advisement12
Qualifying Portfolio/Excam/Assessment
Successfully complete the qualifying portfolio, examination or assessment requirement.
Admission to Candidacy
Following completion of pre-dissertation research courses and qualifying exam, you may be admitted to candidacy.
Dissertation Requirement
Complete a dissertation in accordance with Graduate School and doctoral program requirements.
Total Credits78


CSND 500Language Acquisition3
CSND 511Language Disorders of Adults I3
CSND 514Communication Disorders of Aged3
CSND 515Voice Disorders3
CSND 517Phonological and Articulation Disorders3
CSND 518Language Disorders of Adults II3
CSND 523Educational Audiology3
CSND 524Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders3
CSND 525Motor Speech Disorders3
CSND 544Diagnostic Procedures in Audiology I3
CSND 545Diagnostic Procedures in Audiology II3
CSND 546Diagnostic Procedures in Audiology III3
CSND 576Aural Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan3
CSND 580Aural Rehabilitation for Adults3
CSND 581Pediatric Aural (Re)Habilitation3
CSND 583Language Disorders of Children3
CSND 584Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders2-3
CSND 585Fluency Disorders2-3
CSND 587Language Disorders in School Age Children3
CSND 594Independent Study1-3
CSND 598Problems and Issues in Communication Disorders1-3
CSND 601Auditory Processing Disorders3
CSND 620Pediatric Audiology3
CSND 621Implantable Devices for the Remediation of Hearing Loss3
CSND 671Special Topics in Audiology1-3
CSND 701Auditory Anatomy and Physiology3
CSND 705Community and Industrial Audiology2
CSND 706Advanced Amplification Technology2
CSND 707Basic Medical Audiology: Genetics and Pathology3
CSND 708Psychoacoustics I3
CSND 709Laboratory for Psychoacoustics I1
CSND 722Advanced Auditory Potentials3
CSND 807Advanced Medical Audiology3
CSND 808Psychoacoustics II3
CSND 819Laboratory for Psychoacoustics II1
CSND 836Practicum in Clinical Preceptorship2
CSND 837Seminar in Clinical Preceptorship1