University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Communication Sciences and Disorders (Master of Science)


The faculty does research in speech and language development and disorders, and sociolinguistics.

The Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited for speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Link out of catalogue site.). The Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing which shares quarters with the department is a primary practicum site. Students are required to fulfill academic requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence-Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. To do so, they will need to have at least one course in each of four areas: social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and statistics. All students are supervised by clinically certified members of the faculty of the Eleanor M. Luse Center and affiliated practicum sites.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; satisfactory performance on the general (aptitude) Graduate Record Examination. Completion of courses equivalent to LING 080 (Introduction to Linguistics), LING 165 (Phonetic Theory and Practice), CSD 094 (Development of Spoken Language), CSD 101 (Speech and Hearing Science), CSD 281 (Cognitive Neuroscience) and a course in statistics. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses before entering the program. Students are also required to complete 25 observation hours obtained according to guidelines provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students must complete these 25 observation hours before they begin their graduate program. Additionally, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Link out of catalogue site. Standard III-A for certification requires evidence of previous course work in the biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, and the social/behavioral sciences.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Satisfactory completion of the written comprehensive examination in the form of a portfolio. Students will not be admitted to candidacy if 400 practicum hours (including twenty-five hours of observation) are not reached. Students may submit their comprehensive examination portfolio only in or following that semester in which they will have completed thirty-six graduate credits and 300 hours of supervised clinical practicum and eleven credits in clinical study.

Minimum Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete mandatory course work in pursuit of the M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This course work includes content areas met by the following CSD courses:

  • CSD 271 - Introduction Audiology
  • CSD 272 - Hearing Rehabilitation
  • CSD 313 - Augmentative Communication
  • CSD 320 - Clinical Preparation and Management
  • CSD 321 - CSD 326 - Clinical Study
  • CSD 330 and CSD 331 – Stuttering Assessment and Treatment
  • CSD 340 - Speech Sound Disorders
  • CSD 341 - Language Disorders
  • CSD 342 - Seminar in Language/Learning Disabilities
  • CSD 350 - Swallowing Disorders
  • CSD 352 - Voice Disorders
  • CSD 351 - Aphasia
  • CSD 353 - Adult Neuropathologies
  • A thesis or non-thesis sequence of courses in Research Methods for Communication Sciences and Disorders (e.g., CSD 360 - CSD 361)

In addition, students are required to take a minimum total of eleven credits of Clinical Study, CSD 321 - CSD 326, throughout the semesters they are active in the program. In total, 53 credits of graduate course work are required for the non-thesis track and 56 credits of graduate course work for students who write a thesis. Equivalent graduate level course work, up to nine credits, may be waived if approved by the graduate program coordinator, reducing the total number of in-residence credits needed for completion of the program.

Option A (Thesis): The student will complete 50-52 credits of graduate level courses and six additional credits (CSD 362) for conducting the research leading to an M.S. thesis.

Option B (Non-Thesis): Students choosing the non-thesis option will complete 53-55 credits required for the degree. They must take at least three credits of non-thesis research (CSD 361 and CSD 363).