Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Concentration (M.A.)

Graduate students have the opportunity to specialize in speech-language pathology and prepare for employment as clinicians in a variety of settings, including but not limited to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and private practice.

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare speech-language pathologists who meet the certification and licensure requirements of state, national, and professional agencies for work with persons having a variety of communication disorders and disorders of swallowing. The Department's program stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of communication disorders and to the appropriate assessment of, and intervention for, those disorders. Successful students are those who have a strong understanding of the bases of clinical procedures, are able to develop and use theoretical models, can engage in reflective and analytical thinking in their professional practices, can develop professional collaborations, are able to create meaningful treatment programs, and utilize research appropriately in their work.


Students wishing to matriculate in this area must have completed a bachelor's degree. Graduate students must demonstrate communication skills that will not interfere with clinical practice. A student who is judged to have questionable skills will be referred to a faculty panel for further evaluation. If necessary the student will be referred for assistance. Students requiring assistance will be reevaluated before they are allowed to enroll for clinical practica. Enrollment in clinical practica will be postponed until communication skills are judged to be sufficient.


Credentials are processed as soon as they are received. This program has a deadline of February 1st for fall admission only; however, The Graduate School recommends that students submit their credentials as far in advance as possible from the semester they plan to begin their studies to ensure a timely review of their application.

Program Requirements

CSND 383Introduction to Language Development3
CSND 408Phonetic Study of Speech Sounds3
CSND 409Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Systems3
CSND 410Neurophysiological Bases of Communication3
CSND 468Clincal Procedures in Audiology3
Major Requirements
Core Courses
CSND 500Language Acquisition3
CSND 511Language Disorders of Adults I3
CSND 512Diagnosis in Speech-Language Pathology3
CSND 515Voice Disorders3
CSND 517Phonological and Articulation Disorders3
CSND 518Language Disorders of Adults II3
CSND 520Audiology for Speech-Language Pathology3
CSND 521Clinical Process and Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology3
CSND 524Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders3
CSND 525Motor Speech Disorders3
CSND 534Speech and Hearing Science3
CSND 583Language Disorders of Children3
CSND 585Fluency Disorders2
CSND 587Language Disorders in School Age Children3
CSND 592Research in Speech-Language Pathology3
Clinical Courses
CSND 535Beginning Practicum in Communication Disorders3
CSND 562Intermediate Practicum in Communication Disorders3
CSND 599Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology3
CSND 600Externship in Speech-Language Pathology1
Select one course with advisement1
Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
School Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
Comprehensive Experience
CSND 595Applying Research to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology I1
CSND 596Applying Research to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology II1
Elective Courses
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Communication Disorders of Aged
Educational Audiology
Organization and Administration of Speech and Language Programs in Schools
Aural Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan
Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders
Independent Study
Problems and Issues in Communication Disorders
Auditory Processing Disorders
Total Credits76