Prepare for your academic career in the science of human communication and its disorders. Under the direction of a mentor, you'll participate in laboratory activities while pursuing scholarly research.
Designed for full-time students, our doctoral program combines direct mentorship and scientific experimentation in laboratories while preparing you with curriculum development skills and providing experience in classroom teaching. There are pathways for nationally certified American Speech-Language-Hearing Association students and other disciplines.
Meet an ever-increasing demand in the communication sciences and disorders field due to a faculty shortage.
Receive mentoring by world-class researchers, secure funding and publish in peer-reviewed publications.
Gain experiences in the areas of both research and teaching, allowing you to be competitive in faculty searches.
Research assistantships are available for qualified applicants from a wide range of disciplines.
What You’ll Study
Enter the program following a bachelor's or master's degree. Academic coursework consists of statistics and experimental design, speech and hearing science, and a concentration area of your choice. Completion of the program includes written and oral examinations plus the successful defense of a dissertation of original scientific data.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Organizing and overseeing tasks to achieve specific goals
Taking action and demonstrating leadership without being prompted or directed by others
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
Job Titles of Alumni
- Assistant Professor
- Senior Medical Writer
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Private Industry Research and Development
- Life Sciences
Employers of Alumni
- MedThink SciCom
- Midland Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
- UNC Health Care