Ph.D. program

The department offers a doctoral program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  General information about our Ph.D. program can be found in our Ph.D. Student Handbook.

If you are interested in learning more specific information, please visit our faculty page and contact the faculty member whose research interest most closely match your interests.  General information on the admissions process can be found here.  Funding opportunities through the Graduate School can be find here.

Applications for the Ph.D. program are due on January 1. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors in advance of submitting their applications. We do not require GRE scores to be submitted and do not use them in our review process. Review of applications will begin shortly after the deadline and select applicants will be invited to participate in virtual and/or in-person interviews and events to learn more about the program and broader community. In Slate, you should submit the following:

  • CV
  • A brief statement (no more than 2 pages) of your goals for the Ph.D. program, including (a) a description of your research interests, (b) potential advisor(s), (c) how Ph.D. training facilitates your career goals, and (d) why you are interested in Ph.D. training at UConn.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Complete transcripts from all previous institutions
  • Writing sample (optional)

Many of our PhD students participate in interdisciplinary training programs.  The UConn Neurobiology of Language program offers a graduate certificate earned through coursework that spans Psychology, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Linguistics.  “Science of Learning and the Art of Communication” is an NSF-funded training program that offers funding for stellar applicants who are interested in further training in this topic. Prospective doctoral candidates who are interested in either of these programs should indicate this interest in their applications.


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