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Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ph.D.

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Harrisonburg, VA, United States
There are many unanswered questions in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. James Madison University's graduates seek to answer them. If you’re looking for a stimulating intellectual environment where the ability to conduct research is considered an essential skill, this program may be for you.
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A nationwide shortage of individuals with Ph.D.'s in the communication sciences and disorders means that graduates are in high demand for employment in leadership positions in health facilities, universities and research centers. In addition to advanced course work related to communication disorders, students complete requirements in statistics, research design, hearing or speech sciences, a teaching/supervising internship, and dissertation.

The James Madison University's Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is individualized to the specific interests of the student while assuring a rigorous educational experience appropriate to the research-training and advanced knowledge characteristics of the degree. Students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program at various stages, including post-master's, post-baccalaureate and post-Au.D., depending upon the individual's career goals.

Some students may wish to pursue clinical qualifications in either audiology or speech-language pathology while concurrently undertaking their Ph.D. studies. All admitted students will undertake an individually-designed program emphasizing research tools, research activities and in-depth exposure to a major area of interest supported by study in a minor area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications should be received at least 3 months prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    57 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Methods of Measurement in CSD
  • Professional Development Seminar I 
  • Professional Development Seminar II

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Academic requirements
  • If you are applying to join the University directly, you must have at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to join James Madison University.
Other documents:
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement regarding your career goals, reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree and areas of research interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Must participate in a personal interview and the interview can be by Skype

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1184 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1184 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • National

    1184 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1184 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • In-State

    438 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 438 USD per credit and a duration of .
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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