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. 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 They are also eligible to complete the ASHA CF, apply for New York State licensure, and the New York Teacher for 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:

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 and is expected to increase in the future.

Special Opportunities

Summer Abroad in Lund, Sweden

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers a summer study-abroad program in Lund, Sweden, for post-baccalaureate and master’s-level students in speech-language pathology. The summer study abroad program is an approximately 3-week experience during which students take coursework with NYU faculty at Lund University. Sweden is known for its state-of-the-art approaches to speech science and speech-disorder remediation. Housed in the Department of Logopedics and Phoniatrics of Lund University, the program combines lectures with direct enrichment activities and draws on the expertise of Lund University speech-language pathologists, linguists, and physicians.

January Abroad in Accra, Ghana

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders has added a January study abroad experience at the NYU Accra global campus in Accra, Ghana. During this 10–14 day trip to West Africa, students will complete the Multicultural Issues in Communicative Sciences and Disorders course while engaging with professionals in the local community. Site visits may include public and private hospitals, public and private schools, care centers, and other cultural centers (e.g., markets, historic sites). Students will interact with professionals and community members and learn about SLP service provision, healthcare, and education in Ghana.

Academic Prerequisites

Students who enter the MS program must have completed a bachelor’s degree, with a major in communicative sciences and disorders or another subject area. Students are required to master introductory knowledge and to complete specific foundation courses prior to beginning graduate-level courses.

Additional core courses are also required to fulfill requirements for ASHA certification and New York State licensure. These courses do not carry graduate units towards the required 48 MS degree units.

There are two ways to meet the foundational requirements for courses specific to the MS degree:

  • The foundational courses may be taken at another university before the student begins the program at NYU Steinhardt. All courses must be completed within 10 years prior to the first day of the fall term.
  • The foundational courses may be taken online through Speech @ NYU (the distance education modality of the MS program) once the student begins the MS program. Students may not take courses at another university for transfer units into the program at NYU Steinhardt after they begin the graduate CSD program.

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. In addition, students must demonstrate that they have mastered the information in the required prerequisite courses through one of the following mechanisms:

  • By earning a grade of C or higher in foundation courses taken at another university, if not as part of a completed major or post-baccalaureate program within the last 10 years
  • By completing an undergraduate major in CSD/SLP or the equivalent, or a post-baccalaureate program in CSD within the last 10 years
  • Through completing the course(s) at NYU Steinhardt. Students must earn a C or better in each foundation course taken at NYU Steinhardt or they will be required to take the course again

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 (the distance education modality of the MS program) alongside selected graduate-level coursework.

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

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 prerequisite courses are necessary for ASHA certification and state licensure. In addition, 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 for ASHA certification and for the MS degree. Students must also complete 2 prerequisite units in a language other than English. These prerequisite courses do not carry graduate units for the MS degree.


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.