Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills in the areas required for a career in speech-language pathology. This program of study provides students with the knowledge to pursue a satisfying and rewarding career in health care, medicine, research, or education.

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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing. This is an active clinic providing speech-language and audiology services to the community. It also serves as a primary practicum site for students in their first year of study. The course of study provides students with the academic background and clinical opportunities required in preparation for their Clinical Fellowship and ultimately the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

Accreditation: The master's degree educational program in speech-language pathology at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period 2012 - 2020 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; Phone: (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

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Admission Requirements

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UVM Continuing Education offers two online post-baccalaureate programs, one for those who wish to become a Speech Language Pathology Assistant and one Prerequisite Track for those applying to the master's program.

Minimum Degree Requirements

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

Comparable courses taken at the UG level through Continuing Education or at another institution may not need to be repeated and may make room for elective courses with faculty permission. Equivalent graduate level coursework, up to nine credits, may be waived if approved by the graduate program coordinator, reducing the total number of in-residence credits neeeded for completion of the program. Students are required to take one to three credits of Clinical Study, CSD 321-326, for each semester they are active in the program. See the course schedules for the total number of credits required for the non-thesis track versus thesis track.

Professional Outcomes

The following information has been reported to the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA). Employment data are from students reporting information to the CSD Department on an individual basis. Graduation data are available through the UVM Office of the Registrar. Praxis test scores are reported by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Program Completion Rate
Period # completed program within expected time frame # completed later than expected time frame # not completing % completing within expected time frame
2012-2013
13
0
1
93
2011-2012
14
2
0
100
2010-2011
15
2
4
81
3 year average
14
1
2
91
Praxis Examination Pass Rates
Period # taking exam Pass rate (%)
2012-2013
12
100
2011-2012
15
100
2010-2011
16
100
3 year average
100
Employment Rate in Profession
Period
Number of graduates
Percent of graduates
2012-2013
12
92
2011-2012
16
100
2010-2011
17
77
3 year average
85

Outstanding Faculty

The Communication Sciences faculty are experts in the field and offer strong clinical instruction. Read profiles and find faculty contact info.

Clinical Hours

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Graduate Program Distance Learning

Our pilot Distance Learning Graduate program was sponsored by a state improvement grant by the State Department of Education and was intended to increase the number of certified speech-language pathologists working in the Vermont public school system, especially in rural regions. The pilot program is now complete. A Distance Learning Master's program in Speech-Language Pathology is not currently being offered. Please continue to see our website for updates about future distance learning options.