Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) from Michigan State University offers advanced research training in communication sciences and opens up career opportunities in academia, industry and clinical fields. The doctoral training program is uniquely tailored to each individual's professional goals and interests.

Our Program

Cutting Edge Basic and Clinical Science

This program is designed to equip students with the experiences, knowledge and skills they need to support their future scientific endeavors. Students not only complete coursework in their subject areas, but also in supporting areas such as research ethics, statistics, cognitive science, linguistics, instrumentation, programming and signal processing. Students are also trained in publishing and in how to secure external funding for their work.

The doctoral program in CSD is designed to train students in these skills through program components such as:

  • Completing a grant writing course that will result in actual grant submission.
  • Completing and presenting/publishing the data from a research project and exposure to multiple research labs through lab rotations designed to establish and cultivate professional collaborations.
  • Recognizing that teaching is an integral part of academic life, the program also requires doctoral students to be involved in teaching in a variety of settings such as delivering guest lectures and having independent responsibility for a course.

A Ph.D. in speech, language or hearing sciences and their affiliated fields can open the doors for fulfilling careers in academic, medical, industrial and educational settings.

The Ph.D. program in CSD offers students exciting opportunities to learn from and work with internationally renowned scientists in the fields of communicative sciences and disorders. Our doctoral program is designed to attract excellent students from diverse backgrounds and train them to become scientists and leaders in the fields of speech, language and hearing sciences and their affiliated areas.

Students at MSU are able to use the resources of a world leader in research with nationally ranked academic units, impressive libraries, a beautiful large campus, a pioneering record in sustainability, exciting athletics, and an impressively diverse academic community. Becoming a Spartan is to gain entry into one of the largest and most productive groups of alumni networks in the world.

The CSD department strives to provide funding in the form of assistantships and tuition waivers to students enrolled in its doctoral program. The current stipend rates are competitive with other top programs in the country and are based on the levels recommended by the National Institutes of Health. The tuition waiver covers 9 credits during the regular semester and 5 during the summer.


Additional information about the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Ph.D. Program may be obtained from:

J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Doctoral Program Director
Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department
1026 Red Cedar Road
Oyer Speech and Hearing Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824