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The MS in communication disorders is a full-time program that prepares students to become certified speech-language pathologists. The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
52 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam, or
52 credit hours, a thesis and a written comprehensive exam
- core (23)
- electives (4 or 10)
- research (1)*
- clinical practicum (8)**
- Internship (10)
- culminating experience: a nonthesis option of a written comprehensive exam OR a thesis for 6 credit hours with oral defense and a written comprehensive exam***
*Students in the thesis option take four credit hours of electives. Students in the nonthesis option take 10 credit hours of electives.
**One credit hour of SHS 500 Research Methods is required.
***Both the thesis and nonthesis options require the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Praxis national exam in Speech Language Pathology. This is the comprehensive exam for the thesis option. For the nonthesis option, a department-administered comprehensive examination in speech-language pathology is required along with the national exam to fulfill the requirements of the comprehensive exam.
A bachelor's degree and prerequisite course work in speech and hearing is required for admission. Students applying for admission to this program should submit the following:
- online graduate admission application
- email addresses of three recommenders
- GRE scores
- statement of professional and academic goals not to exceed 300 words
- undergraduate transcripts
- proof of English proficiency*
*An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
Please see the program website for application deadlines and admission terms. Candidates who have undergraduate deficiencies may need to take required prerequisite courses.
- Teaching or Research Assistantships
- Global Education