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Graduate Degrees

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers either a Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a concentration in speech-language pathology.

The department’s graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The program offers academic and clinical curricula that provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCCSLP).This nationally recognized professional credential is issued to individuals who present evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of
communication.

The program’s curricula also provide students the opportunity to 1) meet the requirements of the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for licensure in speech-language pathology and 2) meet requirements for teacher licensure offered
through the Virginia Department of Education for those graduates who seek employment through the Virginia Department of Education.

Requirements for Admission

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in all major core courses. If the undergraduate degree is not in Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD), a minimum of 29 hours in supporting undergraduate COSD courses is required for regular status; three letters of reference; GRE; personal essay, and supplemental application and fee.

Three-Year Leveling Track

Students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to apply for the 3-year leveling track.  This option allows students to complete 29 credit hours of supporting coursework in the first year of study prior to transitioning into the graduate course sequence.

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