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Ph.D. in Communication
Sciences and Disorders

Admission Requirements

A Ph.D. Advisory Committee composed of one member from each of the major areas of study will screen the applications and make admissions decisions based on the following criteria, in consultation with the faculty in their area of emphasis. In particular, applicants must have:

  1. An entry-level clinical degree for the profession of speech-language pathology (i.e., M.A. or M.S.) or audiology (i.e., M.A., M.S., or AuD); 1
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher (A=4.0) upon completion of a graduate degree;
  3. An official copy of the results of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last 5 years; 2 
  4. Proof of English language proficiency for any applicant whose first language is not English; 3
  5. An interview with the Ph.D. Advisory Committee that may include the writing of an essay on an assigned topic to be evaluated by program faculty; 
  6. Three letters of recommendation, two of which must come from previous instructors or professors who can comment meaningfully on the applicant’s potential for Ph.D. study; and
  7. A personal statement that addresses the applicant’s professional goals within  speech and language sciences and disorders  or within  hearing science and disorders .

Au.D./Ph.D. Option

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students may apply to the Ph.D. program no earlier than the spring semester of the second year to begin the fall of the third year. This will be a competitive application process and is reserved for highly-qualified and motivated Au.D. students. The applicant must have requirements 2-7 listed above. Students who intend to enroll in two graduate programs simultaneously (dual enrollment) must obtain permission in writing from the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education (Dr. M Cecil Smith, 802D Allen Hall, mcecil.smith@mail.wvu.edu).

1.  Please submit transcripts directly to:

West Virginia University 
Office of Admissions 
P.O. Box 6009 
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

2. The WVU Institution Code for the GRE is R5904. Applicants may have their official Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores submitted from the newly revised GRE or from the older version, if taken within the past 5 years.

3. WVU accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a score of at least 6.5 on theIELTS is required of applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants must make arrangements to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the desired date of enrollment at WVU.

To apply, please complete the online application for admission at the link below.

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Please note that the major code for the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is 4512.

You may upload your personal statement and provide your reference information for online letter submission, via the online application. 

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Michelle W. Moore Director of Post-Professional Graduate Study in Communication Sciences and Disorders, by mail at the above address, by phone at (304) 293-8965,
or by e-mail: mimoore@mail.wvu.edu