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The Department of Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) research doctoral program is oriented toward scientific inquiry in the discipline of communication science and disorders with an emphasis on basic and applied research training. Much of the CSD PhD program is individually tailored and designed to meet a variety of academic and professional goals.

Bernard Rousseau, new CSD cahairDepartment Chair Named

The Department of Communication Science and Disorders is excited to announce the September arrival of our new chair, Bernard Rousseau, PhD, MMHC, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow. Rousseau is currently associate vice chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology, and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Learn more.

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The CSD PhD program aims to prepare students as research leaders in the field of Communication Science and Disorders, with a focus on teaching the theory and method that underpins advancement in the field.  

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The CSD PhD rolling admissions process requires applicants to have a research advisor in their main area of specialization, to send GRE scores and complete the online application, among other criteria.

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The 72 credits of coursework in the CSD PhD program requires students to complete several seminars, research design & statistics courses, and other experiences individually tailored for each student, in consultation with the student’s advisor. The curriculm prepares students to contribute original research to advance the knowledge base in communication science and disorders culminating in a dissertation defense (see handbook).

CScD vs. PhD

Which doctoral program is right for you? Learn the differences between a clinical (CScD) and a research (PhD) doctorate.