Students who complete the Undergraduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders are equipped to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, various education specialties, business, and health care as well as such fields as developmental and cognitive psychology.
Both speech-language pathology and audiology require graduate-level degrees for professional practice. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and prefer not to enter a graduate program often pursue careers in fields that include human services, education, and business. Learn more about Career Opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
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Opportunities are available for students to study at other institutions while obtaining a degree at the University of Maine. Students are able to attend other American institutions in other countries through Study Abroad. For detailed information about both domestic and international study away, contact the Office of International Programs.
The application process is competitive and applications are reviewed by the CSD Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee selects students whose academic record, communication skills, and overall potential show the most promise for success in our field.
Applicants should apply through the University of Maine Graduate School at 5724 Dunn Hall, 207-581-3291, or online at http://www.umaine.edu/graduate/admissions/application-information. This process requires applicants to submit official scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, an essay, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. The deadline for students to have all materials submitted is January 15th. Students are notified of the CSD Graduate Admissions Committee’s decision in March. All accepted students begin coursework the following fall.
The primary objective of the Graduate Program is to prepare students for their first career opportunity as an independent professional in our field. The program extends over a two-year period for regular, full-time students, September entry only. Students have the option of a thesis or non-thesis program. Student research opportunities are available irrespective of thesis option.
Our basic program requirements meet the academic and clinical education standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). As a matter of policy, we require those admitted to our program to meet those certification standards.
Clinical practicum experiences are provided under the auspices of the Department’s Madelyn E. and Albert D. Conley Speech, Language and Hearing Center, which offers on-campus and outreach services to a broad spectrum of individuals with language, speech, and hearing problems. Outreach placements consist of regular and special schools, hospitals, and other settings. Supervision of practicum is provided by experienced faculty and on-site professionals who maintain a faculty-student ratio that permits considerable individual attention.
Graduates with a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders find positions as speech-language pathologists in schools, hospitals, and other service areas as well as in private practice. Positions are readily available in Maine, most other states, and the Canadian provinces, especially the Maritimes.
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