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Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

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A graduate school of arts and sciences, the Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York, offering more than 30 doctoral degrees. In addition to rigorous academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences in a Ph.D.-focused, scholarly environment, the Graduate Center fosters globally significant research across the faculty and in a wide variety of centers and institutes. It is an inclusive community of 7,000 students, scholars, and researchers, drawing upon the widest possible range of experience of race and ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. Extensive library resources are found at the GC and at each senior college campus throughout New York City.

PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is to train future leaders for academic, research, and clinical settings concerned with the scientific study of communication sciences and disorders. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to continue learning and growing throughout their professional lives. It is the program’s aim to show students that the process of doctoral education is but one phase in their total educational and professional training.

Our program is designed to prepare scholars and researchers for their future careers by establishing a broad experimental, theoretical, and conceptual knowledge base and the skills necessary to strengthen their understanding of the major issues embodied in the speech, language, and hearing sciences. Although programs of study focus on specific specializations within the above areas, relevant interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Program content is designed to engender a basic understanding across fields of specialization and to enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to sub-specializations and to related disciplines.

Comprehensive Research Laboratories

A minimum of 60 credits of approved graduate work is required. Research training is conducted both at the Graduate Center and at cooperating research facilities under the mentorship of doctoral faculty. There are six laboratories for students in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the Graduate Center.   

Audiology & Auditory Evoked Potentials Laboratory (Dr. Martin): Research focuses on behavioral and neurophysiologic processing of auditory information, especially speech.

Child Language Laboratory (Dr. Schwartz): The research goal is to understand the nature and underlying causes of childhood language impairments using psycholinguistic methods eye-tracking and ERPs. They study language processing, related cognitive abilities, and the brain mechanisms underlying language processing in children acquiring language typically and atypically.

Cognition and Language Laboratory (Dr. Marton): This lab focuses on the interaction between various cognitive functions, such as working memory, inhibition, and attentional capacity and language comprehension and production in monolingual and bilingual populations with and without language impairment.

Developmental Neurolinguistics Laboratory (Dr. Shafer): Research focuses on neural measures of speech and language processing. The lab is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and software for stimulus creation, delivery, experimental control, and electrophysiological data acquisition and processing.

Neurolinguistics Laboratory (Dr. Loraine Obler): Work is conducted on bilingualism and bidialectalism in aphasia, morphological disorders in agrammatic aphasia across languages, processes involved in reading in neurotypical adults and individuals with dyslexia, and language changes associated with healthy aging and dementia.

Speech Production, Acoustics and Perception Lab (SPAPL) (Dr. Whalen): Research focuses on understanding the organization of the articulatory underpinnings of linguistic structures, to find the critical components of the acoustics for perceiving speech, and to explore the interrelationship between the two in typical and atypical populations.

Path to Degree

Doctoral students are required to spend at least one year in full-time residence during the first three years of their studies. During this period of time students are expected to participate in a research practicum -at least 15 hours per week in a laboratory- under the mentorship of faculty to develop their competency in theoretically based empirical research.

Beginning students take courses designed to increase their knowledge of communication sciences and disorders and to prepare them for the First Examination.

First Examination: Students are required to write a research proposal on a topic approved by their advisor. Formal course work culminates in a series of advanced studies, seminar courses and independent tutorials that relate to the student's area of specialization. Please follow this link to find more information about program specializations.

Other expected outcomes include competence in research design and statistics, research ethics, instrumentation and research software, formulating and writing grant proposals, oral presentation skills, college-level teaching, professional writing skills, and publication in research journals.

Pre-Dissertation Research Project: Each student is required to complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member prior to the Second Examination. The completed written report of the project is submitted to the faculty supervisor for approval and subsequently presented orally to faculty and students.

Second Examination: This examination is oral and is administered by the student's advisory committee. The Second Examination is based on specific areas of specialization chosen by the student with the approval of the students' advisory committee.

Dissertation: Students prepare a dissertation under the supervision of a dissertation committee. Each student working on a dissertation proposal is required to enroll in Dissertation Seminar for at least one semester. The seminar is attended by the program faculty, the student's dissertation chair, and other students preparing dissertation proposals. When the dissertation is approved by the student's dissertation committee, the student defends it before an examining committee consisting of the student's dissertation committee and an outside examiner.

Financial Support

All students in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program are encouraged to participate in college-level teaching and to present their research findings at national and international conferences. All entering doctoral students are considered for a 5-year fellowship package. All packages include tuition remission and many also include a generous stipend and low-cost health insurance.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Speech-language-hearing sciences

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 3

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
White or Caucasian 46%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Unknown 2%


Male (18%)
Female (82%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 24
Part-time - 0
Male (9)
Female (15)


Focus of faculty research: Neurolinguistics, Multilingualism, Typical and Atypical Language Development, Psycholinguistics, Speech Production and Perception
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY  10016-4039
United States
Contact Dr. Mira Goral
Executive Officer
Phone: 212-817-8802
Fax: 212-817-1537

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