Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate Degree in Communication Disorders (MS)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers a graduate degree program that provides students with career-ready skills and the hands-on experience needed to make an immediate impact on people’s lives.

The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program is designed for students interested in pursuing certification and licensure in the field of speech-language pathology. You will receive classroom and hands-on preparation in applying family-focused, developmental, cognitive, psychosocial, behavioral, and medical models to the assessment and treatment of a broad range of communication disorders and differences.

Graduates of the program are sought after to work with a wide range of populations in a variety of clinical settings throughout the US and internationally.

The MS in Communication Disorders program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate programs of its kind nationwide. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Your program of study at Emerson will satisfy the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA.

In 2015, Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders celebrates its 80th anniversary. As a pioneer in the dynamic and increasingly important field of speech-language pathology, the department has earned a reputation for excellence in clinical preparation.

Exceptional Clinical Opportunities

Through your clinical placements, you will learn about the range of communication disorders that affect speech, language, cognition, and swallowing across the lifespan. You will have opportunities to work in multiple clinical settings, such as early intervention programs, public and private schools, private practices, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, and others. Through your clinical placements you will learn professional collaboration, counseling skills, and how to best evaluate and treat a wide range of individuals, including a multicultural urban population.  As an Emerson student, you will acquire the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a speech-language pathologist.

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Outstanding Academics

The academic curriculum is designed to prepare you to work with the full array of communication disorders across the lifespan.  The curriculum offers coursework covering the neurologic bases of typical communication and the study of particular disorder areas, including autism, aphasia, developmental language and literacy disorders, voice, dementia, fluency, and brain injury. A range of academic seminars addresses special topics in the field, including medical speech-language pathology, craniofacial anomalies, and communication differences such as accent modification.

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Close-Knit Community of Faculty and Students Working Together

Emerson’s program provides the academic and clinical excellence of a large research university within a small college environment. In Emerson’s small community you will build strong relationships with your peers and with the faculty. As you learn from some of the top scholars, clinicians, and educators in the field, you will be challenged and supported in a welcoming yet rigorous academic environment. Our highly accessible and supportive instructors bring significant professional experience to the classroom, having contributed seminal research, textbooks, and clinical work to the discipline.

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Sandra Cohn Thau

Sandy Cohn Thau

Graduate Program Director and Director of Clinical Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders

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The Master of Science in Communication Disorders program at Emerson College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, at 1-800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Any concerns specific to the program's accreditation status should first be addressed to the program and Emerson College and then to the CAA.