Through coursework, research, and teaching experiences, the
doctoral program at USC is designed to provide the
experiences necessary to become an educator, researcher, and
leader in the field of Communication Science. The Ph.D.
program generally consists of two years of academic course
work and research beyond the master's degree plus a third
year of research culminating in a dissertation. Applicants
who did not complete a research (data-based) master's thesis
will be required to complete such a project prior to the
dissertation year. Each student's course of study is
individualized to accommodate previous experiences and
specialty interests. All
doctoral students are expected to complete course work in
statistics/research preparation, speech and hearing science,
and communication sciences/disorders and related areas.
Prospective Ph.D. students should contact the Department
to discuss their proposed
concentration area (i.e., the area in which they intend to
conduct research). A personal interview is required. Prior
to admission, the applicant must obtain a commitment from a COMD faculty member agreeing to serve as the applicant’s
research mentor and direct his/her dissertation.
There is no application deadline for the Ph.D. Program.
However, applicants should consult the University’s
academic calendars and apply well in advance of the
semester in which they wish to take coursework.
To have an information packet sent by mail or for contact
information, click below:
Should you have any questions about the program, contact
Doctoral Program Coordinator
Dr. Allen Montgomery.
How to Apply
A completed application for the Ph.D. degree consists of
Graduate School application (completed online)
- School of Public Health Supplemental Application (complete online as part of the graduate school application)
- Transcripts from all school attended
- Scores from the Graduate Record Exam
- Three letters of recommendation
- The applicant's personal statement of intentions,
- The applicant's resume