Degree Programs

Students who complete our undergraduate program are equipped to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, business, and health care professions as well 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 health services, education, and business. Learn more about Career Opportunities in Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Undergraduate Program

Please use the links below to obtain details about our Undergraduate Program:

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.

Transfer Students

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders welcomes applications for admission from students who wish to transfer from other degree programs at UMaine and from other institutions. An appropriate course for students interested in but not yet committed to the major, is CSD 130: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is offered fall and spring semesters and is open to non-majors.

Decisions regarding admission of transfers to the CSD major are made by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for their application to be considered.

Applications are available online. Students interested in enrolling in the fall semester may submit their application any time after October 1. Transfer students are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1 for priority evaluation.


Graduate Program

Admission

The application process is competitive and applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee selects students whose academic record, communication skills, and overall potential show the most promise for success in our field. Currently, only applicants with a GPA of 3.25 and above will be considered for the Graduate Program.

Applicants should apply through the University of Maine Graduate School. This process requires applicants to submit official scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, 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 admissions decision in mid-March. All accepted students begin the following fall. Starting in Fall 2018, students enrolling in the graduate program will be assessed a $600 program fee each semester of their program.

Program Objectives

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. Students have the option of a thesis or non-thesis program. Student research opportunities are available irrespective of thesis option.

Our 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 in 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) to apply to the Graduate Program?

You will need to complete a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling in the Graduate Program, but the degree does NOT need to be in CSD. Applications from all backgrounds are welcome. If you do not have a CSD degree, you will need to complete five prerequisite undergraduate courses. It would also be helpful to have undergraduate courses in physics (or chemistry), biology, and statistics (see further information below).

2. What background courses will I need for the Graduate Program?

The Graduate Program requires completion of 5 undergraduate courses: Audiology, Language Development, Speech Anatomy and Physiology, Phonetics, and Speech Science. At UMaine, the course numbers are CSD 301, 380, 383, 481, and 484. These courses may be completed before or during the first year of the Graduate Program. When included as part of the Graduate Program, the background coursework will typically extend the length of the program by one semester.

The Graduate Program and ASHA also require that students have background coursework in biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences and statistics. These courses cannot be related to communication sciences and disorders.

3. It there a “cut-off” for GPA and GRE scores to apply?

Applications are reviewed according to four criteria: GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, and  letters of recommendation. Strengths in some areas may compensate for a weakness in another area. We do not apply a cut-off for GRE scores in the review process. Currently, only applicants with GPAs of 3.25 and above will be considered for admission.