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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)
with a Concentration in Hearing Sciences and Audiology (HAS)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 51.0204
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 53

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Department (CSD)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue PCD1017
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stefan Frisch
Phone: 813-974-6563


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides disciplinary and interdisciplinary education to prepare research scientists capable of addressing both theoretical and applied issues in laboratory, clinical, and classroom settings. Academic preparation emphasizes basic and advanced study in the communicative sciences, interdisciplinary study, and extensive research preparation. The program of study is tailored to meet individual interest areas. The overall aim of the doctoral program is to produce graduates who excel in meeting the rigorous demands of an academic/research career.

Major Research Areas

Speech-Language Sciences
Speech perception and production processes, speech perception by normal hearing listeners and listeners with hearing loss, non-native speech, language development in at-risk populations, linguistic and discourse correlates for reading, writing, and spelling, second language learning and literacy learning, and language variation and multiculturalism

Hearing Sciences and Audiology
Aural rehabilitation, psychoacoustics, aging, temporal processing, speech perception by impaired listeners, auditory evoked potentials, and otoacoustic emissions

Neurocommunicative Sciences
Aphasia, cognitive/linguistic processing in normal aging and adults with neurological disorders, cognitive neuroscience


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: December 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: December 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A letter of intent.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a GPA of at least 3.50; or a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a GPA of 3.50 or better (on a 4.00 scale) during graduate study. Students with a non-CSD background, may be required to take prerequisite coursework in the basic speech, language, and hearing sciences depending on career plans and desired area of focus.
  • GPA of 3.50 or above from previous graduate study.
  • GRE scores with preferred scores at the 33rd percentile for Verbal and Quantitative subtests, and a 3.50 or better on the Writing subtest, taken within 5 years preceding the application. Students with lower scores may be offered admission on a conditional basis if the letter of intent and letters of recommendation are particularly strong.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The specific coursework to be completed for research and tools of research, core content, and concentration/specialized study are determined individually to create a course of study appropriate to the student's desired specialization. The core content normally consists of four advanced seminars (SPA 7931) covering the four major content areas of the field (speech, language, hearing, and neurocommunicative science). In certain cases, with approval of the Major Advisor and Program Director, previously completed graduate level coursework may be applied towards requirements in the Core content or Specialized Study areas. Completion of the Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders after the Master's normally requires a minimum of four years of study; a minimum of five years after the bachelor's.

Total Minimum Hours90 (post-bac)
Students must complete the following requirements.





Research and Tools of Research


Two-course sequence in statistical analysis (6 credits min)


Statistical Analysis for Ed. Research I
Statistical Analysis for Ed. Research II

Research Methods I
Research Methods II



Research Design (3 credits min)
SPA 7806 - Advanced Research Design in CSD

Research rotation (11 credits min)
Two research rotations, as described below.

Core Content



Research Foundations in Speech Science
Research Foundations in Hearing Science
Research Foundations in Neurocommunicative Sciences
Research Foundations in Language Science





In consultation with an academic advisor, the student selects coursework in support of the specialization, either within the department or in related departments.

Concentrations available:

Hearing Sciences and Audiology
Neurocommunicative Sciences
Speech-Language Sciences

Foundational knowledge 36 credit hours minimum

Master's and Au.D. level students will be credited with 36 hours from their previous degree. Bachelor's level students, in consultation with their academicmajor advisor, will design an appropriate curriculum to obtain foundational content and skills that match their research in their area of interests that and will prepare them for Advanced Study.coursework in the Core Content. This curriculum is required to include a minimum of eight (8) hours of structured coursework at the 6000-level or above, either within the department or in related departments. The remainder of credits may take the form of additional structured coursework, directed research, or independent study. Courses in the Department frequently used to satisfy this requirement are listed below.

Note: Students admitted to the program from a non-CSD background may be required to take pre-requisite coursework at the undergraduate level in the basic speech, language, and hearing sciences, depending on their career plans and desired area of focus. For these students, up to six (6) hours of 4000-level courses can be applied to the Foundational Knowledge requirement.

Speech-Language Pathology Courses
SPA 5403 Language Learning in the School-Age Years/td>3
SPA 5204 Advanced Clinical Phonology3
SPA 5552 Diag Prin & Pratice 3
SPA 6401 Pediatric Lang Dis3
SPA 6404 Language Learning Dis3
SPA 6473 Multicultural Differences in Lang Use3
SPA 6413 Augmentative and Alternative Comm3
SPA 6571 Ethical Practice Issues in Comm. Dis1-2
SPA 7150 Advanced Speech Science3
SPA 6211 Adv Vocal Dis3
SPA 6225 Adv Fluency3
SPA 6232 Neuromotor3
SPA 6417 Communication and Cognition in TB3
SPA 6564Seminar in Aging, Cognition, and Comm.3
SPA 6410 Aphasia3
SPA 6565 Dysphagia3
SPA 6805 Research Procedures in CSD3
Audiology Courses
SPA 6571 Profession of Audiology1-2
SPA 5153 Quant Prov Solving3
SPA 5120 Psychoacoustics3
SPA 5132 Audiology Instrumentation3
SPA 5303 Auditory A&P3
SPA 5328 Rehabilitative Audiology for Adults3
SPA 6305 Pediatric Audiology3
SPA 6307 Speech Perception & Hearing Loss3
SPA 6311 Medical Audiology3
SPA 6314 Electrophys3
SPA 6316 Vestibular Eval & Treatment3
SPA 6324 Aural Rehab: Children3
SPA 6340 Principles of Amplification I3
SPA 6341 Principles of Amplification II3
SPA 6354 Hearing Conservation3
SPA 7346 Cochlear Implants3
SPA 7330 Adv Vestibular Eval & Treatment3
SPA 7331 Adv Medical Audiology3
SPA 7332Adv Electrophysiology3
SPA 6393 Audiology Practice Management3
SPA 6805 Research Procedures in CSD3
Advanced Study9 credit hours
 Advanced topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders3
SPA 7931 Advanced Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Remaining coursework required for Advanced Study (beyond at least one SPA 7931 course) may take the form of elective coursework, either within the department or in related departments), directed resesarch, or independent study. The student's academic advisor, major professor and Dissertation Committee will advise students on the selection of the proper mix of coursework and other study to support knowledge development in the student's area of specialization and/or to facilitate development of a research tool or methodology that may be needed for the student's dissertation research. As part of the advanced study requirement, it is likely that students will also be advised to take directed research credits with Dissertation Committee members, as they begin directed readings to prepare for the Qualifying Examination.



Dissertation: Doctoral




In addition to specific degree requirements, a student must complete the following to qualify for graduation:

  • Satisfactory completion of two research rotations with one rotation in the student's primary area of interest and a second rotation in a different research area. The “depth” research rotation in the student's primary area of interest is required to be a minimum of 3 credit hours (typically spread over 3-4 semesters) and to result in a completed project that generates publishable data. The “breadth” research rotation, which must be conducted in a different research area, is an experiment-focused laboratory experience. It is required to be a minimum of two (2) credit hours (typically completed in one semester), and the student's contribution need not (on its own) result in a publishable work.
  • With the supervision of a qualifying committee, pass a written qualifying examination that evaluates the student's specialty knowledge and methodological competence. At the discretion of the qualifying committee an oral examination may follow the written examination.
  • Establish a doctoral committee prior to admission into doctoral candidacy.
  • Prepare and defend a dissertation proposal.
  • Following completion of the dissertation research, successfully defend the work before the dissertation committee.
  • Departmental policy specifies that any student earning a C+ or below in two courses will be recommended for dismissal from the Ph.D. program.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6407, EDF7408, GEY6934, GEY6934, SPA7931, SPA5506, SPA7980,