Communicative Sciences and Disorders

MS Degree FAQs

General Admission

Can I schedule a tour of the department and New York University campus?

Currently, due to the high number of interested applicants, our department is unable accommodate individual tours. However, the University does host campus tours all throughout the semester; prospective students are able to schedule these tours through visiting the Welcome Center.

Can I make an appointment to speak with an academic adviser or faculty member to learn more about the program before I apply?

Due to the high number of interested applicants, our department is unable to schedule individual appointments with prospective students. However, the department hosts information sessions where students will be able to tour the department and clinic, as well as interact with faculty and current students. In addition, informational web chats are also offered throughout the year. Through both of these events, prospective students are able to ask any questions about the program and receive answers directly from the faculty. Please be sure to regularly visit our website in order to learn more about this event. Information regarding dates and times will be posted on our Prospective Student page as it becomes available.

When the next information session will be held?

Information regarding dates and times of future information sessions will be posted on our Prospective Student page as it becomes available.

Does your department accept applicants for Spring admission?

No, as stated on the Graduate Application Guide, the department only accepts application for Fall admission.

Can I apply to the master of science program if my baccalaureate degree is not in the field of communicative sciences and disorders?

Yes, as stated on the Graduate Application Guide, each year the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders welcomes college graduates from science and other liberal arts backgrounds from across the country to join its MS program in communicative sciences and disorders. 

When do I need to apply to the program and what are the requirements?

All deadlines and requirements can be determined by reviewing the Graduate Application Guide.

I have recently been admitted to the MS program. Can an adviser look over my transcripts and see what courses will apply to the MS program?

Once you have been accepted into the program and have submitted your deposit, we offer advisement dates throughout the spring and summer where your adviser will review your transcripts and help you plan a course of study. Information regarding scheduling this appointment will be emailed to you once your deposit is submitted.

Program

Are non-matriculated students able to enroll in Communicative Sciences and Disorders courses?

No, non-matriculated students cannot take courses in the department for credit or audit. All CSD courses are reserved for students who have been accepted to, and are currently enrolled in, the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at NYU.

How long does it take to complete the MS program?

Our program completion time ranges from 5 semesters to 8 semesters depending on the number of prerequisites you enter into the program with and how many credits you take each semester. Keep in mind that until you begin your clinical practicum, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per semester in order to maintain full-time status.

What are the required prerequisite courses?

A list of our prerequisite courses can be found by visiting our website’s Course Prerequisite page.

How can I determine if my undergraduate courses in communicative sciences and disorders will transfer to NYU?

Due to the high number of interested applicants, our department is unable to review transcripts and approve prerequisite courses for prospective students. It is advised that students compare the course descriptions of previously taken courses in communicative sciences and disorders to the department’s prerequisite course descriptions – which can be found on our website's Course Listing page - in order to determine if the content is an accurate match. In addition, students may utilize our Prerequisite Course Equivalent resource in order to determine some of the alternative course titles that we have accepted from outside universities.

Will the department accept prerequisite courses that have been completed online?

The department will accept prerequisite courses that were completed online, provided that they meet the minimum grade requirement and were earned for credit and not continuing education units (CEUs). In addition, it is advised that you compare our required prerequisite course descriptions to those that you plan to complete online to ensure that the content is an accurate match. This information can be found by reviewing our website’s Course Listing page and by reviewing the Prerequisite Course Equivalent resource.

I do not have all of the prerequisite courses completed. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes, you may either take prerequisites at another school before you start our program or once you begin our program, you will take the prerequisites before you start graduate-level courses.

Financial Aid

Are there any financial aid opportunities offered on the MS level?

Your application packet lists several different scholarships and grant programs which you may apply to. There is also the Department of Education (DOE) scholarship program in which they pay for your tuition, on a yearly basis; for each year the DOE program pays, you are required to provide service (teaching) to the Department of Education after your education has been completed.

Does NYU offer financial aid?

NYU has generous programs to help students. Visit the NYU Office of Financial Aid.

Does the department offer Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Graduate Assistantship (GA) paid positions?

No, the department does not offer any paid TA or GA positions at this time.

Where can I find information regarding the Department of Education Scholarship program?

You may find additional information concerning the Department of Education Scholarship Program for Communicative Sciences and Disorders majors by calling the DOE recruitment programs at 718-935-2449. In addition, you may visit the DOE Scholarship website for further information.

How can I get an application for the DOE scholarship?

You may request further information in addition to applications for the DOE at the DOE office of recruitment programs 718-935-2449. In addition, you may visit the DOE Scholarship website for further information.

Will the DOE scholarship fund prerequisite credits?

No. The DOE will not pay for prerequisite credits; the DOE only fund credits taken towards your MS degree.

When is the deadline to apply for the DOE scholarship?

The DOE has varying dates for its deadlines in the Spring and Fall semesters. You may contact the DOE Office of Recruitment programs at 718-935-2449 for specific dates.

Licensure/Certification

Is the MS degree program at NYU accredited by the CAA at ASHA?

Yes, the master's degree program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU is accredited by CAA in speech-language pathology and has been continuously for over 20 years.

What is the procedure for obtaining my Certificate of Clinical Competence once I complete the program?

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to begin their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), which is the first step graduating students take toward obtaining their ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. See more information about the CFY.

What is the procedure for obtaining my State Licensure once I complete the program?

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to file an Application for Licensure in New York State (or whichever state the student is seeking to obtain licensure). See the requirements and procedures for this process, state-by-state.

What is the procedure for getting my Speech and Language Disabilities (SLD) Certification once I complete the program?

All questions in regard to obtaining your SLD Certification can be answered by visiting the Teacher Certification page