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. 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 range 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.