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Doctor of Philosophy
Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Get the training you need to become an academic researcher and scholar. Through rigorous research experience, intensive course work, and collaboration with faculty mentors, you'll gain the skills for a career as an independent researcher in communicative sciences and disorders.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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We welcome students with degrees in communicative sciences and disorders as well as related fields like psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience, with a strong and demonstrated interest in CSD-based research and scholarship to apply to our program.

The goal of the PhD in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is to develop outstanding scholars trained as strong independent researchers and teachers. You will learn to perform cutting-edge research on speech, language, and swallowing in both typical and atypical populations. 

Once accepted, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members actively pursuing both basic science questions about the nature of communication sciences and the application of these questions to clinically diverse populations. The degree offers a rigorous mentorship process pairing individual students with a primary faculty advisor to develop a tailored program of study, including a research-focused lab rotation and teaching experience, to broaden your training. Learn more about our curriculum and degree requirements.

Current doctoral students are pursuing a wide range of research topics based on their specific interest areas, such as swallowing, speech and language disorders, multilingualism, acoustic biofeedback, noninvasive brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.

This field is positioned at the border of basic human science and applied clinical science. Our doctorate trains you to be an independent investigator and educator poised to contribute to each of these areas of inquiry. 

You will be presented with the opportunity for a variety of interdisciplinary experiences and skills to enhance your research career. The structure of our degree leads you to engage in scholarly, publishable research endeavors, positioning you for academic positions in a field with a well-documented shortage of faculty candidates.

NYU Steinhardt and the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offer all full-time PhD students a complete funding and mentoring program. The funding is designed to help PhD students undertake full-time study and research, to participate in superior academic and scholarly experiences, and to complete their studies in a timely manner.

Students in the PhD program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders receive five years of fellowship (full tuition and fees, student health insurance, and a living stipend of ~$32,000). There are also opportunities to teach in order to supplement the scholarship. 

All admitted full-time PhD students in CSD are awarded a full funding package and are assigned to a faculty mentor. There is no special application for this funding program.

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To read more, please request the latest PhD Student Handbook.

For specific research queries about the doctoral degree, please contact the faculty member whose interests most reflect your own. Learn more about our faculty members' active research

Learn more about our current doctoral students.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Tara McAllister at

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Communicative Sciences and Disorders

665 Broadway, 9th floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-998-5230

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