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MS, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

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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In order to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of speech-language pathology, to function in a broad variety of clinical situations, and, to render a wide spectrum of patient care, individuals must have skills and attributes in five areas: communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive, sensory-observational, and behavioral-social. Learn more about these five essential functions.

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

This degree combines courses in normal communicative processes, research, and disorders with a supervised on-campus practicum component where you can apply your course work to a variety of clinical cases. 

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 patients from a range of populations.

Your hands-on learning experiences will also involve lab-based work, including a cadaver lab at NYU Langone Health, clinical observations of children with language disorders, and an instrumentation lab exploring the newest equipment for measuring speech articulation.

As our student, you will be mentored by faculty members with active research agendas. This provides additional opportunities to work 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.

Upcoming Department Tours

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.

All department tours are in 665 Broadway. Please wait for your department tour guide in the clinic lobby. 

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.

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.

Bilingual Extension Program

Through our bilingual extension program (BEP), students have the opportunity to supplement their master’s with training on evaluating and treating clients using culturally and linguistically appropriate theory and methods.

Training for the Medical Field

Communicative Sciences and Disorders master’s students have the opportunity to receive dynamic medical training under the supervision of experts in speech-language pathology.

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The master's (MS) education program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at New York University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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