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PhD Program

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The doctoral program in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to become the next generation of leading researchers and scholars in speech language pathology and communication disorders. The program is the only one of its kind in the Houston area, offering students high-quality instruction and hands-on research experiences, including access to research opportunities in the Texas Medical Center – the largest medical center in the world.

The program is mentor-based and individualized with the student and mentor designing a program of study that meets the student’s goals. Before applying to the program, students must first identify the professor(s) with whom they share common scientific interests and obtain a tentative agreement from the professor(s) to serve as their mentor(s). For more information on the application process, please visit the PhD Admission page. The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 is December 15, 2020.

Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty have a broad range of research interests, including:

  • Aphasia
  • Augmentative communication
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Bilingualism
  • Dysphagia
  • Disorders of phonology, cognition, fluency and fluency disorders, literacy, and voice.

Learn more about our Research Faculty.

Please explore the PhD program web pages for more information about admission requirements, curriculum, and financial assistance.

Contact Us

Ferenc Bunta, PhD
PhD Program Director 
fbunta@uh.edu

Paula Niño Kehr
PhD Program Manager
pninokehr@uh.edu