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On-Campus MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Build Your Path to Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Our 48-credit program of study includes supervised clinical experiences sufficient in breadth and depth to help you gain the necessary skills for culturally responsive evaluation, intervention, and interaction for entry into professional practice as a speech-language pathologist.

If you are bilingual or multilingual and you wish to apply for your Bilingual Extension of the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language certification (TSSLD) in New York State, you also have the option of applying to the Bilingual Extension Track, which provides supplemental training focused on linguistically responsive and sustaining methods of assessment and instruction for children ages 3–21 years who communicate in more than one language and/or a language other than English.

For students who do not have a bachelor's in CSD or a related field, we offer foundation courses to provide basic knowledge prior to beginning graduate-level study. Many undergraduates come to our program from diverse academic backgrounds such as psychology, linguistics, theater, world language, and more.

Additional curricular opportunities include an honors thesis option for students interested in research and study abroad programming in Lund, Sweden, and Accra, Ghana. 

Required Graduate Courses (48 Credits)

Our rigorous program of study centers culturally and linguistically responsive practices in order to teach you 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.

You will take courses in the following categories:

Instrumentation and Research Courses
Disorder and Practice Courses
Departmental and Certification Courses
Clinical Courses

A minimum of eight units are required; additional practicums may be necessary to complete the required clinical hours.

You will complete a 5-term supervised practicum sequence that includes experience with individuals across the lifespan and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds. The practicum will include experience with populations with various severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities.

Elective Courses

We offer a number of elective courses to complement your interests in the speech-language pathology.
Please review our on-campus MS curriculum page for more information about required graduate courses. 

Course descriptions can be found on the Steinhardt Course Search page

Instrumentation and Research Courses

  • Critical Evaluation of Research in Communicative Sciences and Disorders – 2 Credits
  • Speech Science: Instrumentation – 2 Credits 

Disorder and Practice Courses

  • Motor Speech Disorders – 3 Credits 
  • Adult Language Disorders – 3 Credits
  • Developmental Stuttering and other Fluency Disorders – 3 Credits
  • Language Disorders in Preschool Children – 3 Credits
  • Voice Disorders – 3 Credits 
  • Language Development and Disorders in School-Aged Children – 3 Credits
  • Dysphagia in Children and Adults – 3 Credits 
  • Principles of Intervention with Speech-Language Disorders – 2 Credits
    Speech Sound Disorders in Children – 3 Credits 
  • Culturally Responsive Practices I: Healthcare Settings & the Global Context  - 2 Credits
  • Culturally Responsive Practices II: The Educational Context - 2 Credits 

Clinical Courses

  • Clinical Practicum I: Pre-Clinic and On-Campus Clinical Immersion – 2 Credits 
  • Clinical Practicum II: Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Clinical Immersion – 2 Credits 
  • Clinical Field Placement III: Treatment – 2 Credits 
  • Clinical Field Placement IV: Pediatrics – 1 Credit
  • Clinical Field Placement V: Adults – 1 Credit
  • Clinical Field Placement VI – 1 Credit 

Elective Courses

We offer a number of elective courses to complement your interests; some examples include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication – 1 Credit 
  • Therapeutic Procedures in Speech Pathology: Aphasia – 2 Credits
  • Therapeutic Approaches in Speech Pathology: Voice – 2 Credits
  • Language and Communication in  Autism Spectrum – 2 Credits 
  • Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Children – 2 Credits
  • Speech and Swallowing Management for the Medically Complex Child – 2 Credits 
  • Computerized Analysis of Language Transcripts – 1 Credit 
  • Craniofacial Anomalies – 2 Credits 

Departmental and Certification Courses

  • Master of Science Seminar – 0 Credits
  • Drug and Alcohol Education, and Child Abuse and School Violence Protection – 0 Credits 

Bilingual Extension Track 

For individuals who are bilingual (users of more than one spoken language) and who will practice with pediatric populations ages 3–21 years in New York State, who are multilingual and/or speak a language other than English, the NYU CSD Bilingual Extension Track (BET) serves as the pathway to the New York State Bilingual Extension certificate. This track offers an opportunity to expand upon the culturally responsive and SLP discipline-specific content offered by the CSD core curriculum. To opt for the BET, students commit to registering for only one required elective. Learn more about the BET and gaining certification as a bilingual SLP.

CSD Foundation Courses

Students who enter the MS program must have completed a bachelor’s either with a major in communicative sciences and disorders or in another subject area. Students are required to master some basic knowledge and to complete specific courses prior to beginning graduate-level courses. All foundation courses are necessary for New York State licensure and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification. These foundation courses do not carry graduate credit towards the MS degree.

There are three ways to meet the foundation requirements for courses specific to the MS degree:

  1. Complete a CSD undergraduate major or CSD post-baccalaureate degree/certificate. Students who have completed a CSD undergraduate major or earned a CSD post-baccalaureate degree/certificate awarded within 10 years of the NYU program start date are not required to take or retake foundation courses. The final transcript must state that an advanced certificate or degree was awarded in CSD/SLP prior to starting the program at NYU in order to waive all foundation course requirements.
  2. Submit CSD-related courses for faculty review. Students who have not completed a degree (or post-bacc certification) in CSD but who have taken foundation courses will have the opportunity to submit courses for individual foundation course waivers. Foundation courses are waived after the content and transcripts are reviewed by faculty (all foundation courses submitted for waiver must be completed prior to the first day of the student's first term of the MS program) and must meet the following criteria:
    • Course hours must be equivalent to 2 credits or higher.
    • Grade achieved must be equivalent to C or higher.
    • Course(s) must be completed within 10 years of the NYU program start date.
    • Course content must be comparable to the NYU foundation course as per faculty review.
  3. Take the foundation courses through NYU when you begin the MS program. Students who have not completed some or any of the foundation courses will have the outstanding courses added to their Plan of Study to be taken alongside graduate-level courses. Once students begin the program at NYU, they may not take courses at another university for transfer credit into the program at NYU.

NYU’s graduate program will certify to ASHA that the requirements for clinical certification have been met. Thus, the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU must determine that the foundation courses taken elsewhere are equivalent in breadth, depth, and rigor to courses at NYU. In addition, students must demonstrate that they have mastered the information in the required foundation courses by earning a grade of C or higher in all foundation courses taken at another university or they will be required to take the course again at NYU. Students must earn a C or better in all foundation courses taken at NYU or they will be required to take the course again.

Students are required to submit the appropriate documentation to the department to ensure that the content of their completed course work is sufficient in terms of breadth and depth. This includes a thorough review of the course syllabus. Students may also be asked to provide information pertaining to the course texts, exams, notes, and at times a one-to-one discussion, to demonstrate working knowledge of the information in a foundation course to determine course equivalency. Courses for which equivalence cannot be established must be taken as part of the graduate program.

Students must complete all foundation course work prior to entering the practicum sequence. Students may take foundation courses concurrently with some of the approved graduate-level courses. These will be aligned with curricular sequencing.

  • CSCD-GE 2002 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Swallow Mechanisms
  • CSCD-GE 2003 – Neurological Basis of Cognition, Behavior, and Communication
  • CSCD-GE 2004 – Introduction to Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation 
  • CSCD-GE 2006 – Phonetics
  • CSCD-GE 2007 – Science of Language
  • CSCD-GE 2008 – Language Development and Disorders
  • CSCD-GE 2009 – Speech Development and Disorders in Children

Any student who is missing some or all of the foundation courses must complete these in addition to the 48 credits required for the MS degree (see previous).

Due to the high number of interested applicants, our department is unable to review transcripts and approve foundation 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 foundation course descriptions, in order to determine if the content is an accurate match. In addition, students may utilize our Foundation Course Equivalent resource in order to determine some of the alternative course titles that we have accepted from outside universities.

Additional Academic 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.

Additional ASHA Course Requirements

In addition to the courses listed above, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requires you to have transcript credit (which could include course work, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program [CLEP], or examination of equivalency) for each of the following areas: human/animal biological science, physical science, social/behavioral science, and statistics. You must earn a grade of C or better in each of these courses to be considered by NYU.

These courses can be completed within one year of beginning the program and do not count toward graduate credit for the master’s degree. In addition to transcript credit, you may be required to provide further evidence of meeting this requirement.

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.