PhD Program

Iowa's PhD program provides flexible, comprehensive training for scholar-researchers interested in communication processes and their disorders. Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply and develop their skills in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary research. Graduates from the program have gone on to distinguished careers in academia, industry, and health care settings. Many serve as editors of major scientific journals in our field and assume leadership roles in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Acoustical Society of America, National Institutes of Health and others.  

At the heart of the program are close associations with faculty who are, and have long been, nationally recognized leaders in their fields who direct successful, externally-funded research programs. Their research initiatives are bolstered by the presence and reputation of Iowa's highly-ranked clinical training programs and by strong collaborations forged with faculty from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the School of Music, and the Colleges of Medicine (Otolaryngology/Neurosurgery), Engineering, and Public Health.

The PhD program requires approximately four years to complete; graduates are awarded a doctoral degree in speech and hearing science. Iowa's unique learning format is tailored to meet the needs and interests of each student. Students entering the program join a cohort of other PhD students with shared intellectual passion. While admission to the PhD program is competitive, funding is guaranteed for admitted students for up to four years and includes tuition, a stipend, and generous benefits. This funding structure allows students to rotate through multiple labs and potentially shift areas of emphasis after enrolling.

Graduates from Iowa’s PhD program leave with strong research skills. Most have authored one or more peer-reviewed publications in a high-impact scientific journal. Many also leave with a record of success securing external funding, and all receive valuable teaching experience. Our graduates are actively recruited for academic positions at colleges and universities across the country or accept prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. Others find employment in industry or are recruited for research positions in medical settings.  

Learn more about Iowa's PhD program in CSD and life in Iowa City in a one-page flyer highlighting Iowa's program or contact us to schedule a visit to discuss your career goals:.

Carolyn Brown, PhD, Director of PhD studies |
Mary Jo Yotty, Graduate Admissions Secretary | 319-335-8719 |

Ready to enroll? Begin the application process at the Graduate Admissions website: