Graduate Students

The doctoral program in Communication Sciences accepts students from across the United States and internationally. We accept a small number of students each year to insure high quality research training and close supervision that adheres to a mentor model. Our graduates go on to successful careers in the field working in universities, research hospitals, or clinics. Former graduates of our program have become leaders in research, professional organizations, and education.


Graduate Admissions

We expect our applicants to document a strong undergraduate and graduate record. Successful applicants will have strong letters of recommendation that highlight the applicants understanding of the profession and active participation in clinical and research activities. The applicant’s statement of purpose is also a vital component of the admission process as it helps with the matching of students with the appropriate academic mentor who shares similar interests. An interview is essential.


Doctoral Training

The doctoral training program at Case is based on interdisciplinary training with the expectation that the student will identify areas outside of the department that would support their training (e.g., neuroscience, genetics, head/neck anatomy, computer sciences). Additionally, there are close training opportunities with the doctoral programs in Clinical and Experimental Psychology. Together with the major advisor, the student designs an individual plan of study based on his/her previous experience and professional goals. Regardless of interest area, all students complete research and teaching requirements.


Research Opportunities

The doctoral training program at Case encourages exploration of both basic science and clinically-applied research areas. Current areas of research expertise within the department include: swallowing, speech perception, childhood speech and language disorders, adolescent language disorders, and acquired neurogenic communication disorders across the life span. The interdisciplinary model that is interwoven in the coursework is extended to the research process and students are encouraged to include members with additional expertise on their doctoral committee.

For additional information about the Ph.D. program please contact the Dr. Barbara Lewis, Ph.D at (216) 368-4674.


Student Life

Learn about our commitment to diversity.

Learn about our wellness initiatives for graduate students.

Rachel Mulheren presents poster at ACRM

Faculty member Rachel Mulheren presented a poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chicago, titled Pharyngeal Residue and Swallowing Treatment Recommendations After Stroke.

October Trivia Night success!

Thank you so much to all who were able to come out to Trivia Night this past Friday at Bottlehouse. Awesome costumes and great competition all around. And lucky for us, we had another dog present this year (a puppy of one of our very own students!) We had a blast...

Helping children return to school after traumatic brain injury focus of new $2.2M CDC research grant

With a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers at Case Western Reserve University will seek answers on how children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) can return to school. Nearly 2,000 children visit emergency rooms every day with TBI, which include concussions, contusions...

Game night was a success!

Thank you to our student-run Wellness Committee for organizing a fun Game Night at Tabletop Board Game Café downtown! It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know our first-year cohort and celebrate the start to a new year. Our Wellness Committee regularly puts together a calendar of...

Congratulations to Angela Ciccia and Arin Connell, recipients of pilot grants!

The Schubert Center for Child Studies, in collaboration Office of Research and Technology Management Vice President Suzanne Rivera, have announced the awarding of pilot grants to four primary investigators at Case Western Reserve University. The awards, totaling $50,000, are jointly supported by the Office of Research and Technology Management and...

US News Ranks Speech-Language Pathologists Among the Top 100 Best Jobs

US News recently ranked Speech-Language Pathologists as # 18 in their Best Health Care Jobs and #23 in 100 Best Jobs.  They also reported that The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 25,900 new speech-language pathologist jobs opening up between 2016 and 2026.  That's 25,900 more reasons...

Rolling applications

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for entrance for Fall of the following year.