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Speech & Hearing Science

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Application for the PhD Program in Speech and Hearing Science

The general application process for the Ph.D. program is the same for all graduate degrees and is described in detail on the department admissions page (Graduates/Admissions). All undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and a personal statement are required. The GRE must have been taken within five years of the date of application. In the personal statement, applicants should address their objectives for pursuing a Ph.D., specific reasons for seeking the degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign including their interest in working with specific faculty members, and a description of any past research experience(s). Letters of recommendation should address the applicants' preparation and potential for success in the Ph.D. program.

Non-clinical MA, MA-SLP, or AuD students who are currently enrolled in the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and affiliated with the Department of Speech and Hearing Science apply to the Ph.D. program through an internal application process. The internal application will include transcripts, GRE scores, and previous letters of recommendation. New GRE scores will be required if they are more than five years old. The internal application must include a new personal statement and three letters of recommendation that address the student's preparation and potential for success in the Ph.D. program. These materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee and departmental faculty in the usual manner to determine acceptance of the internal applicant into the Ph.D. program.