Communication Sciences and Disorders

Master of Science Degree

Who Should Enroll

  • Students who are preparing for employment in a clinical fellowship
  • Experienced clinical employees who want to receive their master's degree

Key Features

  • This is a full-time program that takes two years (five consecutive semesters beginning with fall term) to complete.
  • Meets the academic and clinical accreditation standards of the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
  • After completion of the clinical fellowship and with passing grades on the Praxis™ Series examination, students are eligible for the certificate of clinical competency from ASHA
  • Required clinical experience is available through the University's Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, and long-term care facilities.

Program Curriculum

Students complete required and elective courses and clinical experience for a total of 54 credits 

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Total credits to degree: 54

Required Specialization Courses, 36 credits:
CSD 715 Research Methods in Communicative Disorders, 3 credits
CSD 716 Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System, 2 credits
CSD 717Cognitive Disorders in Adults, 3 credits
CSD 720 Voice and Resonance Disorders, 3 credits
CSD 730 Audiology II, 3 credits
CSD 737 Auditory Processing and Auditory Processing Disorder, 2 credits
CSD 750 Dysphagia, 3 credits
CSD 762 Developmental Language Disorders, 3 credits
CSD 764 Augmentative/Alternative Communication Systems, 3 credits
CSD 765 Aphasia, 3 credits
CSD 767 Communicative Replacements for Challenging Behaviors, 2 credits
CSD 770 Articulation/Phonology and Fluency Disorders, 2 credits
CSD 771 Audiology Practicum 1, one credit
CSD 772 Audiology Practicum 2, one credit
CSD 787 Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Communicative Disorders, 2 credits

Elective Courses, 0-8 credits

CSD 798 Independent Research, 1-4 credits
CSD 799 Thesis, 1-4 credits

Required Clinical Experience, 18 credits:

CSD 579 Clinical Experience Internship, 6 credits
CSD 773 Practicum in the School, 0 or 6 credits
CSD 774 Practicum in Rehabilitation Facilities, 6 or 12 credits

Students must choose one of the following plan options.

Plan A
A minimum of 54 semester credits of graduate work including a master's thesis, for which a students may receive up to four graduate credits for research in area of specialization. Final oral exam.

Plan B
A minimum of 54 semester credits of graduate work including a paper/project approved by the program director. Final oral exam.

Plan C
A minimum of 54 semester credits of graduate work. A written comprehensive exam and final oral exam.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  • A completed application;
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; and
  • A major in Communication Sciences and Disorders or demonstration of prerequisite coursework taken, as described here.

Required Prerequisites

  • Language Development
  • Anatomy/Physiology of the Speech System and Auditory System
  • Phonetics
  • Speech Science (including the physics of sound and acoustic characteristics of speech)
  • Audiology (including hearing measurement and hearing disorders)
  • Aural Rehabilitation

Preferred Prerequisites:

  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Child Language Disorders
  • Voice and Resonance Disorders

Application Process

Fall Application Cycle Begins September 1, 2017

  1. Apply for graduate school at UW-River Falls by using the online application at and pay the processing fee before January 1. Do not submit any additional application materials directly to UWRF or the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  2. Complete an application and submit the following application materials through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) by January 1.
  • Three letters of recommendation from CSD professors/instructors and/or clinical supervisors. Additional letters may also be submitted.
  • A personal statement that includes: Brief personal background information; your motivation for pursuing a career in speech-language pathology; reasons why you would be a "good fit" for our program; and any other pertinent information you feel is important for us to know.
  • GRE scores from an exam completed within the past five years. Send your GRE scores to CSDCAS by referencing the UWRF school code 1886.
  • ALL college and/or university transcripts. Transcripts MUST be mailed directly to CSDCAS at:
            CSDCAS Verification Department
            PO Box 9113
            Watertown, MA 02471
    You will need to request a new transcript after January 1 if you have completed courses fall semester or are taking courses spring semester.

Application Process

The application process for Fall will begin September 1, 2017. All application materials, with the exception of the UW-System online application for graduate school, will be submitted through the CSDCAS website. All application materials are due January 1 and only completed applications will be reviewed.


Contact CSDCAS customer service with any questions or concerns by calling 617-612-2030 or sending an email to

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