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Arnold School of Public Health


Application Information

Through coursework, research, and teaching experiences, the doctoral program at USC is designed to provide the experiences necessary to become an educator, researcher, and leader in the field of Communication Science.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program generally consists of two years of academic coursework and research beyond the master's degree plus a third year of research culminating in a dissertation. Applicants who did not complete a research (data-based) master's thesis will be required to complete such a project prior to the dissertation year. Each student's course of study is individualized to accommodate previous experiences and specialty interests. All doctoral students are expected to complete coursework in statistics/research preparation, speech and hearing science, and communication sciences/disorders and related areas.

Prospective Ph.D. students should contact the department to discuss their proposed concentration area (i.e., the area in which they intend to conduct research). A personal interview is required. Prior to admission, the applicant must obtain a commitment from a COMD faculty member agreeing to serve as the applicant’s research mentor and direct his/her dissertation. Find a list of COMD faculty members here


Application Deadline

There is no application deadline for the Ph.D. Program.  However, applicants should consult the University’s academic calendars and apply well in advance of the semester in which they wish to take coursework. 

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How to Apply

A completed application for the Ph.D. degree consists of the following:

  1. Graduate School application (completed online)
  2. School of Public Health Supplemental Application (complete online as part of the graduate school application)
  3. Transcripts from all school attended
  4. Scores from the Graduate Record Exam
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. The applicant's personal statement of intentions, and
  7. The applicant's resume