Doctoral Program

Program Information

The doctoral program is designed to prepare researchers, teachers, and scholars in the field of Communication Science and Disorders to conduct clinical research and work in leadership roles within academic positions at universities, research institutes, state and national agencies and organizations, and clinical settings. A unique feature of the program is the emphasis of the faculty in applied clinical research in the following specialization areas:

Developmental Disabilities

  • School-age language and literacy
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Early Identification
  • Early Intervention (Routines-Based, Shared Book Reading, Social Skills)

Neurologically-based Communication and Cognitive Disorders

  • AAC
  • Dementia
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Dysphagia

Speech, Voice, and Fluency across the Life Span

It is the student’s responsibility to know all the rules, requirements, and regulations of the Doctoral Program in Communication Science and Disorders and the Graduate School of the Florida State University.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the Doctoral Program is contingent upon meeting The Florida State University policy on admission for the advanced degree. Academic standards, residence, transfer credits, and time limits are in accordance with regulations of the University.

Deadline: Jan. 1 for priority funding for fall semester. Applications may be accepted after the deadline on an individual basis.

The following minimum requirements must be met in order to submit an application, but meeting them do not guarantee admission:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation – Names and addresses of your recommenders should be entered in the appropriate section of the University Application. You should have already contacted your recommenders about writing letters on your behalf; the online application system will contact them directly to request the letters and provide instruction for uploading them. Do NOT send letters to the School or agree to relay your own letters of recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts from all schools/colleges/Universities attended and degree posted
  • A baccalaureate degree (master’s for advanced master’s applicants) from an accredited college/university
  • An upper-division cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A combined GRE score of 1000 on the verbal and qualitative sections and completion of the writing section of the GRE.

Application Supporting Documents and Procedures

All application materials including transcripts and test scores must be submitted by the School of Communication Science and Disorders application deadline. We cannot guarantee your application will be reviewed if we do not have all documents and test scores. These documents must be uploaded to the University Online Application.

1)      The following supporting documents must be submitted to the online application

  • Purpose Statement: Be sure to state clear research objectives and provide information on faculty you would be interested in working with.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (academic references strongly encouraged): Names and addresses of your recommenders should be entered in the appropriate section of the University Application. You should have already contacted your recommenders about writing letters on your behalf. Each of your recommendation providers must fill out an online recommendation form and upload a copy of the recommendation letter to the online application. Please Do NOT send letters to the School or agree to relay your own letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

2)      The following supporting documents must be sent separately to the Office of Admissions and cannot be uploaded to the online application:

  • Official GRE and TOEFL scores should be sent from ETS electronically to the Office of Admissions using FSU School code 5219. Test scores must be 5 years or less.
  • One copy of all official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.

The address for submitting transcripts is:

The Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
USA

3) Apply online through the Graduate Application Portal and pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.

4)      Once you have applied, you can check the status of your transcripts and GRE scores by logging back into the graduate application portal. Note: Please email the School at fsuscsd@gmail.com to check the status of your letters of recommendation and/or statement of intent since these items may not show up through the status check.

Contact:

School of Communication Science & Disorders
E-mail: jennifer.kekelis@cci.fsu.edu
Telephone: (850) 644-2253