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FAQs for Ph.D. Program

Q. How long is the PhD program at IU?

Q. What kind of coursework do PhD student take?

Q. I don't have clinical certification, but I would like to obtain this during my PhD program. Is this possible?

Q. When can I begin the PhD program?

Q. When will I hear about my application?

Q. What kind of funding is available?

Q. How will I be matched with a lab and/or a mentor?


Q. How long is the PhD program at IU?

A.The PhD program is variable in length with most students taking four to five years to complete their training. The first first two years are devoted primarily to taking classes and developing basic research skills with the last years devoted almost exclusively to research experience, including the dissertation. The PhD degree requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, but students can transfer up to 30 credit hours from their Master's or AuD degrees.

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Q. What kind of coursework do PhD student take?

A. Course work during the first two years is broadly based and includes classes in research design and statistics, as well as a variety of courses and seminars specific to your chosen major area. The focus of our Ph.D. program is to train future scholars and scientists. Because most students come with a clinical master's degree and considerable clinical experience, emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a fundamental knowledge base and the development of research skills.

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Q. I don't have clinical certification, but I would like to obtain this during my PhD program. Is this possible?

A. Yes. IU has accredited clinical programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Due to the intensive nature of the PhD, we encourage students to begin (and apply to) the clinical programs before starting the PhD. A subset of these courses can also count toward the PhD, and so students will not get "behind" in such cases. Obtaining clinical certification will add 1-2 years to a student's program, depending on whether the student is pursuing an MA in SLP or an AuD in audiology and the student's academic background.

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Q. When can I begin the PhD program?

A. To be admitted to the fall semester for each year, students must have their application in to IU by January 15. The PhD program accepts students on a rolling basis, so you can be admitted to the spring and summer semesters. However, we may not be notified by the university of these applications. Consequently, you will need to discuss your application with the PhD coordinator so that we will know to expect it.

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Q. When will I hear about my application?

A. Admission letters are typically sent out in early March indicating whether a student has been accepted and whether the student is being offered funding or is being considered for funding. Students who are accepted to the program have until April 15 to reply.

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Q. What kind of funding is available?

A. Many of our PhD students receiving funding through our PhD-funding program to support the education of PhDs in the Speech and Hearing Sciences. We do our best to provide tuition waivers and a yearly stipend to support those students who meet our admissions criteria and have research interests that overlap with the available mentors in the department. If you apply to the program by January 15th for consideration of admission to the fall semester, you will automatically be considered for funding, primarily Assistant Instructorships or Research Assistantships. Students are encouraged to describe their teaching and research experiences in their application to graduate program to maximizes the chances of being made a funding offer.

You can also find additional information on the PhD funding website along with other funding sources.

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Q. How will I be matched with a lab and/or a mentor?

A. The admissions committee at IU will thoroughly review your application to determine the best laboratory match given your research interests. We encourage you to peruse the Research section of our website so that you can indicate your research preferences and lab selections in your application to our program. We will do our best to match you with the mentor who can provide you with the best training to meet your interests. However, not all mentors are able to take students each year. For this reason, we sometimes will admit students without a mentor. These students may find that exploring the labs at IU would better meet their needs.

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