The GRE test score requirement has been permanently eliminated from our admissions application. We no longer require or accept GRE scores as part of our Ph.D. program admissions process.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at the University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences is designed for students interested in basic or applied research in the disciplines of hearing, speech or language science. The Department accommodates interests in the typical processes of speech, language, and hearing, as well as in impaired speech, language, and hearing, and evaluative and management aspects of audiology and speech-language pathology. Students completing the doctoral program receive a Doctor of Philosopy degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. 

The PhD degree program prepares students to work in research or teaching positions in university, clinical, or industrial settings. It provides foundational knowledge and technical expertise and allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

The Department's doctoral education philosophy is based on an apprenticeship model with strong faculty mentoring. Students work closely with a faculty member in their area of interest, so applicants are required to identify specific areas of concentration and identify a potential faculty mentor(s) in advance of applying.

The academic programs for students in the PhD program are planned on an individual basis in consultation with the student's faculty mentor and advisory committee. Courses, seminars, laboratory experiences, and assistantships are selected to provide preparation for careers in research and university or college teaching. Opportunities for additional clinical work in the area of communication disorders are provided to those having such interests. Students entering the program with a background in Speech and Hearing Sciences, typically complete their PhD degree in 4 years. The time required to complete the doctoral program, though, will vary with student backgrounds and interests. 

Courses are taught by faculty members who are nationally and internationally known in their areas of expertise. The program encourages you to pursue courses and faculty interactions across departments. Students can take advantage of the many resources of the University of Washington, including the world-renowned Bloedel Hearing Research Center, the Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, the Center for Human Development and Disability, the Experimental Education Unit, the University of Washington Medical School, and a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities.

More detailed information is available in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Doctor Program Plan. To contact a current PhD student to learn about the department and the doctoral program from the perspective of a current student, please email us at