Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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.

For more information, please contact Nancy Hall, Graduate Coordinator , (


This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine.  Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure  page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

State Authorization & Licensure

Graduate Program Accreditation

The Master of Arts (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Maine is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (residential) of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498- 2071 or 301-296-5700.