Ph.D. in CSD

Ph.D. in CSD Curriculum Overview

Course List

A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the official JMU Graduate Catalog.

The Ph.D. program affords a time for students to acquire the depth of knowledge, skills and experiences to empower them to create new knowledge in the field and to become expert researchers, leaders, teachers and/or supervisors. Each student's course of study is individually tailored to meet the student's interests and represents an agreement between the student and the student's advising committee.

All students must pursue an advanced course of study that will include the following components:

  • Core course work (8 credits)
  • Speech and hearing science  CSD 867. Experimental Phonetics (3 credits)
  • Methods of measurement in CSD  CSD 805. Methods of Measurement in CSD (3 credits)
  • Professional issues and development  CSD 806. Ph.D. Professional Development Seminar I  (1 credit)
  • Professional issues and development  CSD 807. Ph. D. Professional Development Seminar II (1 credit)
  • Course work within the student's major area of emphasis (minimum: 14 credit hours) 1 
  • Course work outside, but related to, the student's major area of emphasis (minimum: 6 credit hours) 1 
  • Course work in statistical methods and research design (minimum: 12 credit hours) 1 
  • Directed research experience (minimum: 6 credit hours) 1 
  • Teaching and/or supervision experience (minimum: 2 credit hours) 1 
  • Dissertation credit (minimum: 9 credit hours) 1 

1 These requirements may be partially met for students holding a doctoral degree or concurrently completing another JMU doctoral program.

Sample Curriculum for Post-Masters

Requirements Credit Hours
Core course work 8
Major concentration course work 14
Outside, related course work 6
Research tools 12
Directed research 6
Teaching/Supervision 2
Dissertation (minimum of 9 credits) 9
Total 57

Sample Curriculum for Post-Bachelors

Requirements Credit Hours
Post-Bachelors course work (individually determined) 36-44
Core course work 8
Major concentration course work 14
Outside, related course work 6
Research tools 12
Directed research 6
Teaching/Supervision 2
Dissertation (minimum of 9 credits) 9
Total 93-101