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Master of Science
Communicative Sciences and Disorders
On-Campus Degree

This master’s degree prepares you for eligibility for professional licensure as a speech-language pathologist. You'll learn methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, as well as how to integrate research principles into evidence-based clinical practice. An optional thesis is available for students interested in pursuing advanced research.

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Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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Upon graduation, you'll be positioned for eligibility for professional licensure as a speech-language pathologist. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • The principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences
  • How to integrate research principles in evidence-based clinical practice
  • Prerequisite skills in oral and written communication sufficient for entry into professional practice
  • Basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, and cultural bases
  • The nature of speech, language, hearing, and communication disorders and differences and swallowing disorders, including etiologies, characteristics, anatomical /physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates
  • Principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates of the disorders
  • Standards of ethical conduct
  • Contemporary professional issues
  • Certification, specialty recognition, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials
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Become a Practicing Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Through our Bilingual Extension Track (BET), students have the opportunity to supplement their master’s with training on the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive services for emerging bilingual and multilingual clients with disabilities. 

Learn more about the 7-credit BEP.

This degree combines courses in typical communicative processes, research, and disorders of communication and swallowing with a supervised on-campus practicum component where you can apply your course work into a variety of clinical setting.

You will participate in two off-campus externships in hospitals, clinics, schools, or other facilities in addition to spending a semester learning in our on-site clinic. Through our relationships with numerous field placement sites in the tri-state area, you will acquire valuable skills treating a diverse rang of clients.

As our student, you will be mentored by faculty members with active research agendas. You may choose to seek additional experience working on projects in our department's research labs, investigating topics like stuttering, swallowing, or acoustic biofeedback intervention.

You can apply to complete a master’s thesis under the mentorship of faculty members with active research agendas. Learn more about this option by reviewing the CSD Master's Thesis Guidelines.

Our graduates secure jobs in a variety of settings, such as public/private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, skilled nursing facilities, private practices, and therapeutic preschool programs. Find out more about our graduation outcomes.

Additional Opportunities

Study Abroad

Learn more about global study opportunities for students pursuing an MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in Lund, Sweden, and Accra, Ghana.

Write a Master's Thesis

The master's thesis process provides an optional opportunity for you to work with a faculty mentor to develop and conduct original research.

Research and Labs

Learn more about faculty research taking place in labs within our department and how you can get involved.

Please email if you're interested in scheduling a department tour. It is recommended that you attend a Graduate Admissions tour prior to attending our department tour.

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Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-998-5230

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Accreditation Information

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

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