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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Hearing Science - PHD

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Doctor of Philosophy in Hearing Science

Hearing Science – PH5325

Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Grover Center W218
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Fax: 740.593.0287

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall

Program Overview

The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students who will be successful in future academic study and employment.

Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in hearing science. We are a diverse, energetic, dedicated, and productive faculty who work closely with students in a positive and encouraging environment. We offer students the opportunity to develop a highly individualized academic plan of study that includes a major and minor area of study, access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, a range of mentored research experiences, and a variety of mentored teaching opportunities. We prepare future scholars, educators, and leaders of the field. Doctoral studies is full time (i.e., 12-15 credit hours per semester prior to completing the comprehensive examination following the second year of study) and typically requires 4 years to complete.  

Doctor of Philosophy degree applicants who are also interested in obtaining a doctor of audiology (Au.D.) may request consideration for admission to the Au.D. program to seek joint degrees of Ph.D. and Au.D. This joint option is for students who are certain they wish to pursue a Ph.D. and receive an Au.D. degree along the way. Upon completion of the program, the student will have completed the doctor of audiology and a Ph.D. in hearing science. This allows for maximum efficiency overall, and permits the student to pursue research and clinical training simultaneously, rather than sequentially. The purpose of the joint degrees is to nurture and guide students with excellent potential while integrating master’s and doctoral coursework, research, and clinical experiences. Time of completion of joint Au.D.-Ph.D. degrees is typically 5 years. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate content knowledge related to their major area of study.
  • demonstrate content knowledge related to their minor area of study.
  • demonstrate research/method skills related to the major area of study.
  • demonstrate research/method skills related to the minor area of study.
  • demonstrate integration of theoretical knowledge and research/method skills across their major and minor areas of study.

Opportunities for Graduates

One hundred percent of our Ph.D. graduates (to date of catalog publication) have secured employment upon graduation. Our graduates typically assume an academic post.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for Ph.D. study, applicants must submit the following:

  • An Ohio University application form
  • 3.0 minimum overall grade point average
  • All past academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from those who best know the applicants’ potential for doctoral study
  • Official Score Report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Recommended scores: Verbal 45th percentile or above; Quantitative 40th percentile or above; Writing 50th percentile or above
  • A two-page narrative detailing previous experience and long- and short-term career objectives
  • International applicants must additionally submit an English proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) and a sample of spoken English. The following English proficiency scores are required by Ohio University for unconditional admission.
    • iBT - 80 Composite, all Section Scores of 17
    • IELTS – 6.5 Composite, all Bands 6.5
    • PBT TOEFL – 550 Total, Composition 5, all other Section Scores 52

Individual interviews (in person or via Skype) with the Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies and/or a potential faculty mentor in the student’s intended area of study is required.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours (of which 34 may be applied from an earlier degree).

Course Requirements

Directed studies may be used to fulfill the student’s required credit hours for the major and minor areas of study, as these directed studies may form the basis of the student’s program of study. Completion of at least two Ph.D. seminars is encouraged as part of the program of study.

Major Area

Complete a minimum of 21 hours in major area coursework as approved by the Academic Guidance committee. The major area represents the central focus of academic study.

Minor Area

Complete a minimum of 17 hours of minor area coursework as approved by the Academic Guidance Committee. The minor area will represent a cognate area that complements the major area of study.


A minimum of two graduate courses in statistics is required (typically 6 hours), as approved by the Guidance Committee. The following two-course sequence is highly recommended:


Other Requirements

Six semesters of full-time (12-15 credit hour) enrollment, excluding summers, is required during the first three years of study.

Students will complete a pre-dissertation project during their major and minor area study. No more than 9 hours of CSD 8940 or CSD 8941 directed study credit may be applied to the pre-dissertation project.

Comprehensive examinations are taken following the second year of study.

Culminating Experience

Successful completion of a dissertation project reflecting an original piece of work on the part of the student (maximum 16 credit hours).

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