The School of Health Professions offers a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science. Prospective doctoral students with an interest in basic or clinical research in speech, language and hearing sciences (SLHS) identify an area of study and advisor within SLHS. Upon acceptance into the program, the student and advisor develop a committee and program of study during the first two semesters of the program.



Upon completion of the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in SLHS, the graduate will be well prepared for university-level teaching and research in the speech, language and hearing sciences. An additional strength of the program is that students will have the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary research experience through exposure to different labs and research methodology outside of their SLHS concentration. Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are available on a competitive basis both from the Department, the School of Health Professions, and the Graduate School. Some financial aid awards allow doctoral students the opportunity to develop and refine skills in the areas of research, university teaching, or clinical supervision.

Program requirements

Admission and application

Course work

For students who have already completed a master’s degree in SLHS, completion of the PhD will require three to four years, depending upon qualifications, background, and rate of progress. We also invite applications from highly qualified students who do not yet have a master’s degree, or have a master’s degree in a related field. Their program will be somewhat longer in order to provide a comprehensive education in the discipline. See the MU Graduate Catalog for information regarding residency and other requirements.