Communication Disorders and Sciences: PhD

The communication disorders and sciences (CDS) doctoral degree program prepares graduates to assume academic and leadership roles in institutions of higher education, as well as in research and practice agencies.

Students are trained to conduct impactful research in the field of communication science disorders as well as trained in providing academic and clinical teaching.

The program's goal is to instill in each student the capacity for rigorous scholarship, independent judgment, and academic excellence. PhD training is embedded in a climate designed to instill social justice and inclusion.

Students traditionally begin fall term, however, applications may be considered throughout the year and it may be possible to start any term depending on availability and funding opportunities.


With only a few exceptions, most PhD students have worked in the field of communication disorders and sciences and hold their clinical licensure in this area.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Contact a UO faculty member in area of specialization prior to applying
  • CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose


  • Research-related Writing Sample 
  • Additional Applicant Statement


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Education
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final Deadline - January 15
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.