Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Graduate Program

The M.A. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). It is designed to prepare students to meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. State licensure is awarded through the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Students are also eligible to meet the requirements for teaching certification and State licensure in most states. Small classes facilitate individual instruction and attention for all students. Students are provided the opportunity to develop their research skills through the required completion of a pilot research project.

Admission Procedures:

  • Complete an application packet. The application may be accessed by visiting the Graduate College website.
  • A complete application packet includes the following:
    • Completed application form
    • Official transcripts
    • GRE scores
    • Two letters of recommendation from former professors who are Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the profession and career goals
    • Application fee
  • Send packet of information to The Graduate College.
  • When the complete application packet is received by The Graduate College, the packet is forwarded to the Department for review.
  • The Department reviews the packet to make a recommendation to the Graduate College regarding offering admission.
  • The Graduate College makes the final decision regarding offering admission and informs the applicant of its decision.

For additional information, contact The Graduate College at 757-727-5454.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

FIRST SEMESTER - Fall Credit Hours
CDS 600-Scientific Principals of Acoustic and Physiological Phonetics 3
CDS 500-Introduction to Professional and Technical Communication 3
CDS 621- Language Disorders in Children 3
Total Credit Hours 9
SECOND SEMESTER - Spring Credit Hours
CDS 501- Research Design in Speech & Hearing Sciences 3
CDS 612-Articulation and Phonological Disorders 3
CDS 507-Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders 3
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum- Module 1 3
Total Credit Hours 12
THIRD SEMESTER- Summer Session Credit Hours
CDS 622- Family Intervention Strategies in CSAD 3
CDS 625- Motor Speech Disorders 3
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum- Clinic Only 1
Total Credit Hours 7
FOURTH SEMESTER -Fall Credit Hours
CDS 603- Neurolinguistic Disorders in Adults 3
CDS 628- Diagnosis and Management of Swallowing Disorders in Neurologically Impaired Adults 3
CDS 618-Advanced Clinical Practicum (Module 2) 1
CDS 699- Independent Research 1 1
CDS Elective 2
Total Credit Hours 10
FIFTH SEMESTER- Spring Credit Hours
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum (Module 3) 1
CDS 606-Voice Disorders 3
CDS 700-Independent Research II 2
CDS Elective 2
CDS Elective 2
CDS 702-Master’s Comprehensive Examination 1
Total Credit Hours 11
Total Credit Hours Required 49
SIXTH SEMESTER-**Summer- For Grant Scholars Only** Credit Hours
CDS 633- Language and Literacy 2

The curriculum plan includes 43 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives. This plan is for full time students with a background in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Students needing to attend part time or needing to take pre-requisite courses will require additional semesters to complete the program.

Elective Courses

CDS 611 Contemporary Topics in Speech-Language Pathology
CDS 630 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CDS 632 Craniofacial and Other Organic Disorders
CDS 633 Language and Literacy Disorders
CDS 634 Dialogues on Diversity
CDS 635 Clinical Practice in a Medical Setting

Prerequisite Courses

Students without an undergraduate degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders will be required to take all pre-requisite courses. Students admitted to the program with an undergraduate background in the field will be required to repeat any of the pre-requisite courses in which they earned a grade of "B-" or less. The prerequisite courses include:

CDS 224 Phonetics (3)
CDS 227 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (3)
CDS 228 Articulation Development and Disorders (3)
CDS 300 Language Development (3)
CDS 310 Clinical Observation (1)
CDS 331 Introduction to Audiology (3)
CDS 529 Aural Rehabilitation (3)
CDS 431 Neuroscience for Students in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (3)
CDS 438 Introduction to Speech Science (3)
In addition to the Communicative Sciences and Disorders courses, students must have completed 18 general education courses with a grade of "C" or better. These include:

  • A course in a biological science (3 credits)
  • A course in a physical science (3 credits)
  • A course in statistics (3 credits)
  • Two courses in a social science (6 credits)