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Master's Thesis

MS, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

The master's thesis process provides an optional opportunity for students to work with a faculty mentor to develop and conduct original research. The product of the research process is the master's thesis, which is a scholarly paper in scientific format suitable for oral presentation and/or publication. A student will graduate with honors if their completed thesis is "Accepted" by the review committee and they have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Honors students are required to take the Praxis exam for licensure.

Research Requirements

  1. Proposal Development: The student and faculty mentor will determine the scope and feasibility of the proposed project. The student will prepare a two to three page proposal describing the research project. The proposal must include a literature review, research questions and hypotheses, methodology, and a projected timeline for completion of the work. Research involving human subjects often requires prior approval through the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects, which is a process that can take time. The student should factor UCAIHS approval into the timeline.
  2. Proposal Review: The student will submit the proposal to the Department Chair, who will coordinate the review with two faculty members. The review committee will determine if the proposal is "Approved," "Approved with Revision," or "Not Approved." This information will be conveyed to the applicant and faculty mentor within two weeks of the proposal submission date. 
  3. Thesis Format: The thesis should be approximately 25–40 double-spaced pages in length (including tables, figures, and bibliography) and in scientific format adhering to APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines. Required sections include a title page, abstract (200 words), Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, Bibliography, Figure Captions, Tables, and Figures. Appendices can be included if necessary.
  4. Thesis Review: The student will submit the thesis to the faculty review committee no later than six weeks prior to the end of their final semester of graduate study. The review committee will determine if the thesis is "Accepted," "Accepted with Revision," or "Not Accepted." The information will be conveyed to the applicant and faculty mentor within two weeks of the proposal submission date.
  5. Thesis Presentation: The student will present the thesis at either a local, national, or international research conference (including proposals accepted for a conference to be held following graduation) or a department research event.

Course Work

Students must complete the following course requirements, which may count toward elective credits:

  1. A two-semester honors course sequence:
    • Honors Research I (CSCD-GE-2424): two credits
    • Honors Research II (CSCD-GE-2425): zero credits
  2. One semester of Research Colloquium in CSD (CSCD-GE-2420 for zero credits)

Application Process

To apply, students must submit the following documentation to the Department Chair:

Honors Funding

Students who complete a master's thesis are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $1,000 through NYU Steinhardt to conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member. Find out more about this award and learn about application requirements

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Accreditation Information

The master's (MS) education program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) 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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