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The PhD in Rehabilitation and Communication Science


A minimum of 60 credits, post-graduate degree or equivalent, are required: Academic Core, Research Core, Specialized Program, and Dissertation areas.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences program provides students with a wealth of interprofessional, academic, and scholarly training opportunities to develop their area of expertise and become independent scholars, educators, administrators, or leaders within their disciplines. The program is offered through either traditional (on-campus; Pocatello or Meridian, ID) or non-traditional (online) models with full-time or part-time options, however certain limitations may apply.

College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences (CRCS) Ph.D. program graduates will have:

  • Successfully completed the: 1) core curriculum in the program, 2) comprehensive examinations, and 3) submitted a grant proposal for funding consideration
  • Participated in cross-disciplinary and interprofessional education and pedagogy, which may include: clinical; research; or teaching experiences outside of their professions
  • Demonstrated: proficiency in face-to-face and online teaching (e.g., lecture, discussion, laboratory, lesson planning, testing, and grading) and use of innovative strategies for access (e.g., video interaction, online teaching, independent study); the ability to plan, initiate, conduct, analyze, and disseminate quality research within their discipline

Curriculum (60 credits [cr] minimum [min])

  • Academic Core (12 cr min): Academic core is focused on enhancing the student’s understanding of the related professions, interprofessionalism, and pedagogical theory and application.
  • Research Core (15 cr min): Research core facilitates the student’s understanding of statistics, statistical procedures, research design, scholarship, scientific dissemination, and grant writing through theoretical understanding and application of such procedures. Students are required to take a repeatable CRCS 8020, Doctoral Colloquium (1cr) each academic semester they are enrolled in the program.
  • Specialized Program (15 credits): Specialized program develops the student’s area of expertise and scholarship through coursework, independent studies, directed student learning, and guided research. At least 6 credits of basic or applied sciences outside of the CRCS must be taken and should be based on the student’s area(s) of interest and program needs. A main requirement of the Specialized Program element is the research practicum, CRCS 8050, where the student is mentored through a research project that results in a manuscript submitted for publication consideration to a refereed academic journal of appropriate caliber.
  • Dissertation (18 credits): Dissertation further enhances the student’s area of expertise and scholarship through development of their dissertation project(s). Dissertations should be primarily self-guided by the student and should take a minimum of one-year to complete.

Other Program Requirements

  • Thesis Equivalent (1-6 credits of CRCS 7050): Students who did not complete a graduate thesis (or comparable research project) must complete a supervised research project, preferably within the first year of the program.
  • Comprehensive Examinations: During the final semester of didactic coursework the student’s advisory committee will determine the nature of the written and oral comprehensive examinations.
  • Grant Submission: The student and advisor will work together to develop and submit at least one proposal for funding during the program of study.