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Instructions for Applying for the PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Applications for the PhD program in Communication Sciences & Disorders must be submitted to the University of Memphis (UofM) through the University's web-based application system (called Banner).

PhD program applications will be accepted throughout the year. Applications submitted by February 1 will be considered for funding to begin in the following Fall semester.

UofM Application: To begin an application, PhD program applicants should use this link to the University's application system. The application requires a one-time $30 application fee for domestic applicants. The fee does not have to be resubmitted if a student is reapplying to the program.

The following materials must be included with each application:

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit proof that they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from all universities where they have completed coursework. If the applicant is a UofM alumnus, it is not necessary to have an official transcript sent to Graduate Admissions.

Official GRE Scores: Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-General Test). Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the testing agency. The UofM institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459. Applicants' test scores must be less than 5 years old at the time the application is completed.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants should have 3 reviewers email letters of recommendation to the Chair of PhD Admissions Committee.

Resume: Applicants are required to submit a current resume or CV describing all of their college and university-level educational and work experiences also directly to the Chair of PhD Admissions Committee.

Statement of Personal Goals: Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement that describes their research interests and professional goals as specifically as possible. The statement should also clearly identify a faculty member in Communication Sciences and Disorders to serve as a mentor for PhD training. Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate the research activities of faculty members in the program and to make contact with possible mentors to discuss the possibility of a mentoring relationship before submitting a formal application. The personal statement will be evaluated to help determine the fit between the applicant's interests and the expertise of any proposed faculty mentors. This statement must be written by the applicant without copying from any other source. It should be sent directly to PhD Admissions Chair via email.

Contact Information: Applicants should submit contact information indicating where they can reliably be reached from the time of application up to the time they may matriculate.

All supporting materials (including official transcripts) that have to be mailed directly to the Graduate School should be sent to:

Cynthia Hightower
Office of Graduate Admissions
365 Innovation Drive
Fed Ex Institute of Technology, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38152

Additional Application Instructions for International Students

The UoM is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on the F-1 student visa. We accept only students with the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree—16 years of formal schooling.

A non-refundable application and processing fee of sixty dollars U.S. (U.S. $60.00) is required for every international applicant, unless the applicant has previously applied. International applicants may pay by credit card.

International applicants should allow at least four months for necessary documents to be processed by the appropriate degree program and the Graduate Admissions office. All test scores and credential evaluations must be on file in the Graduate Admissions office (FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Suite 201) at least four months before the desired enrollment date. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration. Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis and, therefore, admission will not be granted to all applicants even if they meet the minimum requirements.

TOEFL Scores: All applicants who will be attending the UofM on a student visa and who are not native English speakers must supply a minimum score of 79 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Testing locations and other information can be obtained from All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the UofM (institution code R-1459). Graduate Admissions will accept scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.0. This requirement can be waived for students who have received a degree from an English-language University.

Evaluation of Credentials: Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university are required to have their credentials evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site. The evaluation must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions at the UofM.

International students are also required to submit a health certificate, show proof of medical insurance and provide an affidavit of support and financial statement. For more information or assistance with completing those parts of the application, please visit the International Student Services.


PhD Admission Chair
Gavin Bidelman Ph.D.
(e-mail:, telephone: 901.678.5826)

Director of Graduate Studies
Lisa Lucks Mendel, Ph.D.
(e-mail:, telephone: 901.678.5800)