Communicative Disorders (MS)

Master of Science in Communicative Disorders (CMDSMS)
Unit: School of Medicine (GM)
Department: Communicative Disorders
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/medschool/surgery/com-disorders/slp

Program Information

Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisville is a well-established program that provides challenging academic coursework and clinical experience to master's degree candidates. Communicative Disorders is a Division within the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in the School of Medicine. The graduate program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree to students with and without undergraduate degrees in speech-language pathology. The program includes two options or phases: the Preparatory Phase or the Core Phase.

Preparatory Phase

Applications from students without a background in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Preparatory Phase of the program. The Preparatory Phase is a full-time, seven-semester sequence, beginning each year in the Fall Semester.

Core Phase

Applications from students who currently hold a bachelors' degree in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Core Phase of the program. The Core Phase is a full-time, five-semester sequence beginning each year in the Fall Semester.

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits the program. Graduating students will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence by ASHA if all requirements are fulfilled.

The program has cooperative arrangements with more than thirty schools, agencies, hospitals, and practice groups in the Kentuckiana region.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in speech pathology must complete at least 54 credit hours at the graduate level, exclusive of credits related to the completion of an (optional) master's thesis, courses required to complete ASHA certification requirements, and/or coursework related to Kentucky State Teacher Certification.

Please refer to the section on Academic Standing in this catalog entitled "Academic Probation" concerning dismissal/retention in the program.

Pass/Fail Option

In general, students in Speech Pathology may not choose the pass/fail option. Certain courses may be offered with this option at the discretion of the faculty.

Comprehensive Exams

Students will complete an eight-hour written comprehensive examination (across two days) followed by a 45-minute oral comprehensive examination during their last semester of study. The completion and defense of a thesis/research project are encouraged but is optional. The aforementioned written and oral comprehensive exams are not required for thesis/research project students (outside of the defense of their research).

The comprehensive examinations/defense must be completed at least five weeks prior to the completion of the student's graduate program. The student is responsible for becoming familiar with the consequences of failure on the written or oral examinations. This information is available in the student academic policy manual.

Clinical Practicum

The American Speech Language Hearing Association requires a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum in speech pathology to be eligible for certification. Twenty clock hours must be in the student's minor area and 325 of the 400 hours must be at the graduate level. All students must have had 25 hours of observation. If they were obtained at the undergraduate level, they are not repeated. The student may spend the last 8 weeks of the program at a clinical site outside the Louisville area.

Certain prerequisites and standards apply to the clinical practicum component of the program, including minimum coursework requirements, mandatory readings, observations, case report formats, and grading criteria. This information is available in the program office and it is the student's responsibility to become acquainted with these requirements prior to enrolling in clinical practicum.

Falling below a 3.0 average in practicum for two consecutive semesters will result in dismissal from the program. Practicum assignments are made at the faculty's discretion and with the service needs of the clinic in mind. All practicum work done outside of the main program must be given prior approval by the clinical director.

Admission Requirements

The application deadline for the fall semester is always the preceding February 1st.

The Preparatory Phase and the Core Phase share the following admission criteria and application process, including the application form.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Successful applicants have a combined GRE score of 300 for Verbal and Quantitative sections using the new GRE conversion tables beginning November 1, 2011 (as outlined by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology)
  • IELTS Exam (if necessary) The Graduate Council supported and approved a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS, International English Language Testing System, as way for graduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency
  • Three supportive letters of recommendation from two academic sources and one personal source. Please use the online recommendation form when completing the application for graduate admission supplied by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, you can follow this link louisville.edu/graduate/apply
  • A formal interview may be required of some applicants

Student, faculty, and staff in the program are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner without regard race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants should also consult general graduate admissions and graduation requirements in the University of Louisville Graduate Catalog for further information.

Average Admissions Information

We are frequently asked about the credentials of students who have been admitted to our program. The class beginning Fall 2017 were admitted with the following credentials:

Core Students: MEAN GPA: 3.74 | MEAN GRE Score: 301 | MEAN QUANTITATIVE Score: 152 | MEAN VERBAL Score: 148 | MEAN WRITING Score: 4.0  

Prep Students: MEAN GPA: 3.71 | MEAN GRE Score: 303 | MEAN QUANTITATIVE Score: 154 | MEAN VERBAL Score: 149 | MEAN WRITING Score: 4.4


Tuition Information

For more information on tuition at the University of Louisville louisville.edu/finance/bursar/tuition

How to Apply

The Preparatory Phase and the Core Phase use the same application form. Applications of students with Bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology will automatically be considered for admission to the Core Phase of the program. Applications for students without Bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology will be considered for admission to the Preparatory Phase of the program.

Students apply to the program using the University of Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions louisville.edu/graduate/apply.

Program Requirements

The graduate program offers a unique opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree to students with and without undergraduate degrees degree in speech-language pathology. The program includes two options or phases: phases. the Preparatory Phase or the Core Phase.

Preparatory Phase
Applications from students without a background in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Preparatory Phase of the program. The Preparatory Phase is a full-time, seven-semester sequence, beginning each year in the Fall Semester. 

Core Phase
Applications from students who currently hold a bachelors' degree in speech-language pathology will be submitted automatically to the Core Phase of the program. The Core Phase is a full-time, five-semester sequence beginning each year in the Fall Semester.

Speech Language Pathology MS Degree - Core Program

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
CMDS 572 Anatomy and Physiology for Communication Sciences 4
CMDS 600 Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 2
CMDS 602 Speech Sound Disorders 3
CMDS 611 Practicum in Speech Pathology 1 1
CMDS 612 Early Childhood Language Assessment & Intervention 3
CMDS 620 Motor Speech Disorders 3
 Hours16
Spring
CMDS 611 Practicum in Speech Pathology (Clinical Methods) 2 1
CMDS 652 School-Age Language Assessment and Intervention 3
CMDS 663 Voice Disorders 3
CMDS 669 Cognitive-Communication Disorders 3
CMDS 690 Dysphagia 3
CMDS 696 Augmentative/ Alternative Communication 3
CMDS 699 Research Project 4 1
 Hours17
Summer
CMDS 667 Aphasia 3
CMDS 611 Practicum in Speech Pathology 1
 Hours4
Year 2
Fall
CMDS 694 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing 3
CMDS 658 Interprofessional Education and Practice 1
CMDS 665 Fluency Disorders 3
CMDS 611 Practicum in Speech Pathology 3
CMDS 699 Research Project 4 2
 Hours12
Spring
CMDS 668 Professional Issues in Audiology and Speech Pathology 3
CMDS 611 Practicum in Speech Pathology 5
CMDS 610 Topics in Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation 1
CMDS 699 Research Project 4 1
 Hours10
 Minimum Total Hours59
Electives
CMDS 606CMDS Independent Study1-5
CFCC Standard IV-A Coursework (As Needed) 3

Speech Language Pathology MS Degree - Preparatory Program

Fall Semester
CMDS 572Anatomy and Physiology for Communication Sciences4
CMDS 570Clinical Observation in Speech Pathology and Audiology1
AUDI 605Introduction to Audiological Techniques and Rehabilitation3
PSYC 571Special Topics in Psychology (undergraduate students only) 13
PSYC 609Topical Seminar in Psychology (graduate students only) 13
Spring Semester
CMDS 564Normal Speech and Language Development4
CMDS 563Clinical Phonetics3
CMDS 630Aural Rehabilitation for the Speech-Language Pathologist3
Electives
CMDS 606CMDS Independent Study1-5
CFCC Standard IV-A Coursework (As Needed) 2