Communicative Sciences and Disorders (MS)

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Program Description

The Master of Science program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders prepares graduates to be eligible for professional licensure as a speech-language pathologist. The program provides a broad-based and comprehensive education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of communicative sciences and disorders (CSD). Courses and field work are designed to achieve the integration of academic and clinical experiences. Unique among MS programs, upon completion, all students in the MS will graduate with a solid foundation in culturally responsive practices in the field.

Graduates of the program are prepared to make informed diagnostic judgments, as well as plan and execute a program of therapeutic management for persons with communication and swallowing impairments.
Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), successful completion of this MS program can lead to the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the ASHA and licensure as a speech-language pathologist.1 Graduates are also eligible to complete the ASHA CF and apply for New York State licensure and for the New York Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification. Some students may also elect to complete an optional track that leads to eligibility for the bilingual extension (BE) to the New York State TSSLD certificate.1


State Licensure and CCC eligibility have additional requirements beyond degree completion (i.e., licensure exams, clinical fellowships, etc.). For more information see the program's professional licensure website.  

Study Abroad

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers a summer study-abroad program in Lund, Sweden, which is a 2-week experience during which students take coursework with NYU faculty at Lund University. Past cohorts in the MS program have traveled to Accra, Ghana for spring break, while studying culturally responsive practices in the profession. Some students may engage in interdisciplinary study away opportunities offered through education and other allied health departments within Steinhardt. Study Abroad opportunities are not guaranteed and may change semester to semester based on course availability and scheduling needs.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have found employment opportunities as speech-language pathologists in hospitals, clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, private practices, as administrators of clinical facilities, and as faculty and administrators in the university setting. The current need for well-prepared speech-language pathologists is extensive.

Academic Prerequisites

Students who enter the MS program must have completed a bachelor’s degree, and are required to demonstrate mastery of foundational knowledge. This can be accomplished by one of the following:

  1. completing an undergraduate major or post-baccalaureate certificate in CSD within the last 10 years.
  2. taking individual foundational courses at another institution prior to beginning the graduate program at NYU and earning a C or better within the last 10 years. Once a student has started the program, they may not take courses at other institutions for transfer credit.
  3. taking foundational/prerequisite coursework through the Speech@NYU distance education modality at the start of your MS program at NYU and earning a C or better in each course

NYU Steinhardt’s graduate program will certify to ASHA that the requirements for clinical certification have been met. Thus, the faculty must be convinced that the courses taken elsewhere are equivalent in breadth, depth, and rigor to courses at NYU Steinhardt. 

Students are required to submit the appropriate documentation to the department to ensure that the content of their completed course work is sufficient in terms of breadth and depth. This includes a thorough review of the course syllabus by department faculty. Students may also be asked to provide information pertaining to the course texts, exams, notes, and at times to have a one-on-one discussion with faculty to demonstrate working knowledge of the information in a foundation course in order to determine course equivalency. Courses for which equivalence cannot be established will be added to a student’s plan of study and completed online through Speech@NYU

Students must complete all foundational course work prior to entering the practicum sequence. Students may take foundational courses concurrently with certain approved graduate-level courses. These will be indicated on the student’s plan of study.

CSD Foundation Courses

Course Title Credits
CSCD-GE 2002Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech/swallow Mechanism2
CSCD-GE 2003Neurological Bases of Cognition, Behavior & Communication2
CSCD-GE 2004Introduction to Audiology & Aural Rehabilitation2
CSCD-GE 2006Phonetics2
CSCD-GE 2007Science of Language2
CSCD-GE 2008Language Development & Disorders in Children2
CSCD-GE 2009Speech Development & Disorders2
Total Credits14

Unless otherwise indicated, all of the above foundations/prerequisite courses are necessary for ASHA certification and state licensure.

Additional non-CSD courses are also required to fulfill requirements for ASHA certification and New York State licensure, and therefore, to graduate from the MS program. These courses do not carry graduate units towards the required 48 MS degree units, and are not offered by the department/program. Students must have transcript units for each of the following areas: biological sciences, physics/chemistry, behavioral sciences, social sciences, and statistics for a total of at least 12 units. 


The master of science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology (residential and distance education) at New York University is accredited 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, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.