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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 2014 ASHA/CAA Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology. The curriculum consists of a core 44 hours, with an additional 6 hours in either a thesis option or a non-thesis option.

Semester Credit Hours:

Speech-Language Pathology (32)

Audiology (3)

Clinical Practicum (6)

Research (3)

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

In addition to the 44 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.

If you have additional questions regarding the M.A. program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Nancy E. Hall (

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Communication Sciences & Disorders
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2006 | Fax: 207-581-2060E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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