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Earn the highest level of academic achievement in the field of communication sciences and disorders through specialized study in your area of interest. Through coursework, mentored and independent research, and internships in college teaching or clinical supervision, you will prepare for leadership roles at colleges, universities, research settings, and clinical agencies.

Program Highlights

  1. Individualized course of study
  2. Multiple research experiences
  3. Opportunities for college teaching or clinical supervision experiences
  4. Typically consists of two years of full-time coursework plus an additional year or more of dissertation research

Deadline to Apply

Refer to the UGA Graduate School deadlines

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Faculty and Curriculum

Work with faculty who are known internationally for their work in early childhood language disorders, fluency, aphasia in older adults, and many other disorders across the lifespan.

Our doctoral students work with a major professor and a five-member faculty advisory committee to develop an individualized program of study. You will be encouraged to identify a major area of focus as well as related cognate or minor areas. In addition to coursework, multiple research opportunities, and your own dissertation research, you will have the opportunity to complete a student-teaching internship or serve as a mentored clinical supervisor.

While your overall course of study will vary, you will take a minimum of 48 hours of coursework, including:

  • 30 hours of core focus-area courses
  • 12 hours of advanced statistics
  • 6 hours of computer science

While you develop expertise in your own area, you will work closely with a doctoral advisor or major professor whose interests are similar to your own, as well as with faculty from other programs, departments, and colleges. As a PhD student, you may collaborate with experts in early childhood development, neuroscience research, linguistics, vocal performance, and other areas.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Our PhD experience gives you the opportunity to experience life in an academic setting. Through full-time study, research and clinical work, you will work closely with faculty and leave with the knowledge and skills to shape your discipline and be a leader in your profession.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


In addition to the Graduate School application, students must also submit an application to the department. Please upload the following items into the departmental application:1. Statement of purpose: A statement of your professional experience and career goals, not to exceed two single-spaced typed pages.2. Resumé/vita

The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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