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Degree Programs - Graduate Degree Requirements

The following curriculum constitutes the requirements of the M.A. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This program is designed to provide graduate students with the academic, clinical, and research education consistent with the 2005 ASHA/CAA Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology. The curriculum consists of a core 38 hours, with an additional 6 hours in either a thesis option or a non-thesis option.

Semester Credit Hours:

Speech-Language Pathology (32)

  • CSD 581 Articulation and Phonology Disorders – 3
  • CSD 582 Voice Disorders – 3
  • CSD 583 Fluency Disorders – 3
  • CSD 584 Language Disorders in Children: Preschool – 3
  • CSD 585 Language Disorders in Children: School-Age – 3
  • CSD 682 Current Issues in Aphasia, Dementia and Right Hemisphere Damage – 3
  • CSD 683 Seminar in Clinical Procedures I – 1
  • CSD 684 Seminar in Clinical Procedures II – 1
  • CSD 685 Diagnostic Process in Speech-Language Pathology – 3
  • CSD 687 Swallowing Disorders – 3
  • CSD 688 Neurocognitive Disorders in Adults – 3
  • CSD 689 Motor Speech Disorders – 3

Audiology (3)

  • CSD 588 Audiologic Rehabilitation – 3

Clinical Practicum (6)

  • CSD 686 Clinical Practicum
  • Audiology – 1
  • Speech-Language Pathology – 5

Research (3)

  • CSD 601 Seminar in Research Methods – 3

Total semester credit hours (s.c.h.) in core curriculum – 44

In addition to the 38 s.c.h. core curriculum, the student must choose either the 6 s.c.h. Thesis Option or the 6 s.c.h. Non-Thesis Option.

Total Semester Credit Hours in M.A. Program – 50

Thesis Option (6)

In choosing this option, the student registers for CSD 699 Graduate Thesis
and, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, conducts an approved research project that is orally defended.

Non-Thesis Option (6)

In choosing this option, the student completes 6 elective s.c.h. in related coursework at the graduate level. These elective courses can be within CSD or in related disciplines. Undergraduate CSD courses required as background coursework do not apply as electives. All non-thesis electives must be approved by the student’s academic advisory committee. Additionally, each Non-Thesis student must successfully complete a final oral examination.


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