Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Information
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The official minimum requirements for these degrees are available in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students to become researchers. Doctoral students typically have an interdisciplinary focus. Thus, they engage in study and research within several departments or programs, including biomedical engineering, dentistry, gerontology, linguistics, medicine, psychology, and special education. Coursework is designed to develop expertise in various aspects of research so that students can ultimately conduct independent and original research programs that add to the body of knowledge in basic and applied communication sciences and disorders. The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to providing doctoral students with high quality mentoring that helps them to graduate in a timely manner and with the highest ethical and academic qualities.
The Master of Arts program is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional practice in speech-language pathology. The program offers students a comprehensive learning experience – one that combines active classroom-based learning with an assortment of “hands on” learning opportunities at the many clinical sites available on or near the University of Florida campus. Graduates of the program can expect to develop the knowledge and skills that are needed to deliver evidence-based clinical services to a wide range of populations in a variety of clinical settings. The Masters program is primarily oriented toward developing students’ clinical competence; however, students also have access to a range of opportunities for developing skills in basic and applied research. Students who elect to enter the “thesis track” of the program conduct original research in laboratory and real-world settings under the mentorship of faculty who are widely recognized for their research contributions.
For more information, please see our website: http://slhs.phhp.ufl.edu/academics.