Dr. Kara Hawthorne, Program Director
Sorenson Language and Communication Center, Room 3114

The Ph.D. program in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences is designed to prepare candidates with a clinical doctoral (Au.D., SLP.D.) degree, a master's degree in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology, or related fields for faculty and research positions in universities and other research facilities. Students with a clinical doctoral degree may be able to complete the program in three years, while students with a master's degree typically require a minimum of four years to complete the program requirements. The Ph.D. program consists of coursework in statistics, research methods, higher education pedagogy, advanced topics in hearing, speech, and language sciences, and American Sign Language. Additional requirements include a supervised practicum in higher education teaching, a research internship, a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation that addresses a critical question in hearing, speech, and language sciences. The HSLS Ph.D. program is unique in that it has an American Sign Language requirement for both its students and faculty, thereby ensuring that all classes are fully sign-accessible to deaf and hard of hearing students. Students in the HSLS Ph.D. program have excellent research opportunities within the department as well as other Gallaudet departments and affiliated programs in other universities and research sites such as the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups (deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups) are especially encouraged to apply. Students entering the Ph.D. program are expected to be continuously enrolled in ASL classes at Gallaudet until they have successfully completed PST 304.


Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Plan of Study' tabs. Deadline to apply for this program: February 15, 2020 (Early applications will be considered)

Preferred deadline for international applicants: January 15, 20xx
Preferred deadline for domestic applicants: February 15, 20xx

General Application Requirements

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate or graduate study
  2. An application fee of $75
  3. A completed graduate school application form
  4. Goal statement: please answer the question below:

Explain your background research experiences, clinical experiences that motivated you to pursue a research degree, your future professional goals, and why you believe advanced graduate study specifically in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences is the ideal course for you to achieve your goals.

Program Specific Requirement

  • GRE (General Test) scores
  • 3.2 Undergraduate and Graduate GPA or higher
  • Clinical doctorate or master's degree in Audiology or Speech- language Pathology, or a related field (major preferred: biology, psychology, linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, education)
  • At least two (2) of your three (3) letters of recommendation, which are required by Gallaudet's general application requirements, must address your potential for conducting advanced doctoral studies.
  • On-site (or video) interview
  • Writing sample (e.g. research paper, course paper)
  • Resume detailing academic, professional, and research experience is required.