Graduate Degree Requirements

The Master’s degree program involves 2 years of full-time study, beginning in the Summer and including 5 semesters of clinical work.

The requirements of the MA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders are provided below. This program is designed to provide graduate students with the academic, clinical, and research education consistent with the 2020 ASHA/CAA Standards for Clinical Certification in Speech-Language Pathology. The curriculum consists of a core 47 credits, with an additional 6 credits in either a thesis or non-thesis option, for a program total of 53 credits.   Graduate program outcomes are aligned with these standards. Click below for program outcomes.

Graduate Program Outcomes

If you have questions about the MA program, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Jessica Riccardi (

Speech-Language Pathology (35)

  • 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 680:  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (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 in Speech-Language Pathology (5) and Audiology (1)

Research (3)

  • CSD 601: Seminar in Research Methods (3)

In addition to the core 44 credit hours, the student must choose either the 6 credit Thesis Option or the 6 credit Non-Thesis Option.

Thesis Option (6)

The student registers for CSD 699: Graduate Thesis and, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, conducts an approved research project with an oral defense.

Non-Thesis Option (6)

The student completes 6 elective credits in related coursework at the graduate level. These elective courses can be within CSD or related disciplines. Undergraduate CSD courses required as background coursework cannot be used as electives. All non-thesis electives must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Additionally, each non-thesis student must successfully complete a comprehensive exam.

Elective Courses

CSD 586: Counseling in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CSD 586: Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children