Communication Sciences & Disorders (Ph.D) Program Details

Degree Requirements

    ❱   Required coursework
    ❱   Qualifying or comprehensive examination
    ❱   Graduate School writing proficiency requirement
    ❱   Graduate School Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement
    ❱   Dissertation 
    ❱   Final oral examination/Dissertation defense

Research Specializations

    ❱   Adult neurological 
    ❱   Child language

HU Speech & Hearing Clinic

The Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic (HUSHC) has been serving the community's communication needs for more than forty years. The Clinic is integral to Howard's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our primary mission is to prepare graduate students to assume professional roles in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in various occupational settings. Graduate students work with clients under the supervision of experienced staff and faculty who hold American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification. At the HU Speech and Hearing Clinic, clients receive services for diagnosing and treating various communication disorders and differences. The clinic is renowned for excellence throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.

My daughter came to the clinic at the age of 6, struggling to break down sounds and words which affected her reading. Since she started receiving services in the Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic, there has been an increase in her confidence level. Her reading scores have increased in school."

Who We Are

Mission and Goals

The Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic (HUSHC) mission is to provide exemplary training to graduate students in the prevention, identification, and remediation of various communication disorders, including cognition and swallowing. Remaining consistent with the core values of the University, the School of Communications, and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA, the HUSHC positions itself to advocate for and empower individuals with communication disorders through a variety of services from a multicultural perspective.

What We Do

Speech-Language Pathology Services

The Clinic offers assessments and treatment of disorders in the following areas:

  • Accent modification
  • Articulation/Speech
  • Auditory processing
  • Augmentative/alternative communication
  • Autistic spectrum
  • Cognition emerging language Fluency/Stuttering
  • Language and literacy
  • Orofacial myofunction
  • Oral motor
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Voice
  • Apraxia/Aphasia/Dysarthria Autism/PDD
  • Brain injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Swallowing
  • Dialect difference (regional)

Who We Serve

Community Outreach

The HUSHC offers family training, counseling, and support groups to facilitate clients’ communication and swallowing functioning. In addition, our staff and students conduct speech, language, and hearing screenings throughout the community and provide education about communication disorders to preschools, parent groups, senior citizen centers, and other community groups. Please contact our main office if you are interested in community outreach programs.

Our Clinicians

About Our Staff

The Clinic is integral to Howard University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. All clinical faculty hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and DC Licensure. At the same time, the HUSHC provides a comprehensive clinical training component to the students. A significant strength of the Clinic is that the clinical supervisors are also practicing clinicians, so they train students to use the current and up-to-date, evidence-based clinical practices that have been proven effective. In addition, the teaching faculty often serve as consultants on clinical cases. These cases are regularly transferred into the academic setting and continue to be used as teaching cases.

How to Find Us

Where We're Located

The Clinic is located on the southeastern section of the Howard University campus, in the School of Communications C.B. Powell Building on the first floor. The HUSHC is best accessed from the entrance adjacent to the HU TV Station on the corner of 4th and Bryant Streets.

Research Areas & Interests

Faculty Research Interests

A sampling of research interests

  • Neurogenic speech and language disorders (i.e., aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria)
  • Speech production: articulation, phonology
  • General to audiology and speech-language pathology
  • Cognitive communication (e.g., dementia and traumatic brain injury)
  • Augmentative/alternative communication
  • Eye tracking methodology to examine cognitive and linguistic processing issues
  • Early intervention in aural rehabilitation
  • Language processing and development in second language learning and monolingual contexts
  • Novel treatment approaches for neurogenic and swallowing disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders

Program of Study*


COSD 701  Experimental Research

COSD 702  Research Design

COSD 703  Advanced Seminar in Research

COSD 709  Contemporary Issues & Policies

COSD 756  Neurological and Cognitive Foundations

COSD 781  Social and Professional Ethics

COSD 759  Multicultural Issues in Communications Disorders

PSYC 207   Statistics I

COSD 794  Research Practicum

COSD 795  Research Practicum

COSD 467  Test and Measurements

COSD 469  Teaching Methods

COSD 718  Grant Writing

COSD 723  Topical Readings in Comm Disorders Scientific Writing


Adult Neurological track

COSD 711  Topical Seminar in Neurological Disorders

COSD 770  Topical Seminar in Communication Science

Child Language track

COSD 708  Topical Seminar in Child Language

COSD 710  Topical Seminar in Language Disabilities


Students are expected to take three graduate-level courses in areas such as Psychology, Special Education, Neurophysiology, Linguistics, Reading, etc.  Students may opt to take Topical Readings in Communication Disorders (COSD 780) in lieu of one of these courses.


*Courses included in the sample program of study are subject to change. Students should consult with their programs regarding their required program of study. 

Admission to Candidacy 

Students are admitted to formal candidacy by the Graduate School when they have completed the required coursework, passed the qualifying or comprehensive examination, submitted an approved topic for research (if completing the thesis option), and been recommended by the Department. Candidates must also have satisfied the Graduate School writing proficiency requirement and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement.

Graduate Funding 

Admitted students may be eligible to compete for Graduate School competitive awards, which provide tuition remission and a stipend during the academic year. Additionally, graduate research or teaching assistantships may be available at the department level. Research assistants and teaching assistants work no more than 20 hours a week under the program's direction, usually in support of faculty research (research assistants) or in support of assigned courses (teaching assistants). Please see the Funding website for more detailed information.