Communicative Sciences and Disorders (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD Program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders provides students with training as academic researchers and scholars. This five-year full-time program includes several academic research milestones and comes with a competitive funding package. The program’s goal is the development of outstanding scholars, trained as strong independent researchers and as effective teachers. As such, this program is designed for students seeking advanced knowledge and research skills in speech and language for both typical and clinical populations. The training environment is a place where faculty members are actively pursuing both theoretical questions about the nature of communicative sciences and the application of these questions to clinically diverse populations.

The Department encourages a range of interests and backgrounds in applicants to the program, and we will help to develop programs of study that are most appropriate for each individual student. Thus, each student’s program is designed in consultation with the student’s primary advisor. Further, each doctoral student will go through a rigorous mentoring process involving the primary advisor. In addition, research experiences with members of the faculty of the department and university will be available as appropriate to the student’s program of study. It is expected that students will engage in scholarly, publishable research endeavors throughout their course of study at New York University.

Career Opportunities

A PhD in Communicative Sciences and Disorders prepares individuals for a career in an academic setting, typically as a professor conducting research and teaching. Recent alumni from our doctoral program have become professors and post-doctoral researchers at universities in the region and across the country. The field of Communicative Sciences and Disorders faces a shortage of qualified doctoral-level scholars, leading to many opportunities for program graduates.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.