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No one will be admitted to the CSD PhD program without a suitable research advisor in their main area of specialization. Thus, people interested in PhD education are encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests mesh most closely with theirs. 

PhD applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Applicants will be interviewed by faculty members as part of the admissions process. A final admission decision depends on the availability of a suitable research adviser and a vote of the CSD faculty.

International Applicants and Transcripts 

The program’s foreign (international) transcript policies do NOT apply to study abroad coursework that is itemized on a U.S. college or university transcript. Study abroad is processed in the same way as U.S. coursework.

Does the program require non-native speakers to submit TOEFL scores?

Yes. Applicants must submit their official TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh (Institution Code:2927). Please visit our International Admissions page for important additional requirements about Verification of English Language Proficiency.

What is the program policy on foreign coursework?

Foreign transcript evaluation must be completed by either International Consultants of Delaware,(, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc ( or Joseph Silney & Associates (

Prospective students who are interested in financial support should indicate this on their applications. Acceptance into the PhD program does not guarantee financial aid, but each admitted student is automatically put into a merit-based competition for available teaching assistantships, doctoral traineeships, and positions on research grants. These positions typically require 20 hours per week of research, teaching, or clinical service in exchange for a monthly stipend. For students with qualifying stipends, a scholarship typically covers at least partial tuition, fees, and individual medical insurance. The department’s Financial Aid Committee works with each admitted student’s adviser to secure a funding opportunity that is both academically and financially rewarding.

Visit the SHRS International Applicants page for more information.


Apply online using the SHRS ApplyYourself application.

Please arrange to send your GRE scores to the University of Pittsburgh - the institution code is 2927. For more information please visit

Note: For PhD applicants who have taken the GRE 5-10 years prior to this application, the Communication Science and Disorders PhD program will accept a copy of the official GRE scores that were sent to the applicant (not just applicant's self-report). After 10 years, all applicants will need to retake the examination.

For PhD applicants who completed a graduate program in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department at the University of Pittsburgh, the only official transcript required at the time of application for the PhD program is the transcript that confirms completion of the first CSD graduate degree.

The program offers a rolling admission process.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete all admission requirements prior to enrollment.