Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 graduate programs of more than 250 of its kind nationwide and accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Emerson’s master’s program in Communication Disorders prepares you to be a critical thinker and an innovative clinician.


 In 2010, Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders celebrated its 75th anniversary. As a pioneer in the increasingly vital field of speech-language pathology, the department has earned a reputation for excellence in clinical preparation. You will be educated in applying developmental, cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, and medical models to the assessment and treatment of a broad range of communication disorders.

Emerson’s program provides the academic and clinical excellence of a large research university within a small college environment. Coursework and clinical experiences in areas ranging from early intervention, feeding problems, and swallowing disorders to aphasia and cognitive communicative disorders enable you to work with pediatric, school-age, adult, and geriatric populations.

You will develop critical knowledge through classroom discussions of issues such as aphasia; disorders on the autism spectrum; disorders of fluency, phonology, articulation, language, and voice; feeding problems and disorders; and many more. You will explore how the theoretical aspects of the discipline apply to practice.

Clinical Training & Supervision

Under clinical faculty supervision, you will take on the responsibilities of a professional speech-language pathologist, developing treatment plans and conducting both individual and group therapy sessions. Learn more »


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The master's program in speech-language pathology at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

CSD - Communication Disorders - Jena Casbon MS '05 Video

Meet Alumna Jena Casbon

Jena Casbon, MS '05, discusses how Emerson prepared her for a career as a speech-language pathologist. Watch »