Prerequisites for Masters Program

An undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is not a prerequisite for admission. However, students must successfully complete requisite pre-graduate course work. These courses provide the individual with the appropriate framework and background in communication sciences and disorders so that he or she will be prepared to enter graduate study and meet ASHA standard IV-A: Knowledge Outcomes. Based on your transcript, identify which courses meet each of the prerequisites listed below.


Physics/Chemistry-Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry. A course in physical sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.

Biology- Acceptable biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences. A course in biological sciences specifically related to communication sciences and disorders may not be applied.

Social Science- Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

Statistics- A stand-alone course in statistics is required. Research methodology courses in communication sciences and disorders may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Anatomy and Physiology- A course that provides a basic understanding of the structures and functions involved in normal speech and language communication in humans.

Speech and Language Development- A course that covers the process and sequence of speech and language development in children from birth to school-age and discusses the theories of language acquisition and the role of cognition, culture, context, and caregivers.

Hearing and Speech Science- A study of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, physical acoustics, speech production, sound perception, and basic hearing and speech instrumentation.

Phonetics- A course that provides a basic understanding of phonetics and phonology from articulatory and physiological perspectives and trains students to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

In addition to the prerequisite courses, there are courses that if not completed previous to entry into the graduate program will need to be completed at the graduate level in addition to the required Masters program courses. These courses include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Practicum/ Clinical Observation
  • Audiometry
  • Neural Bases of Speech and Language
  • Speech and Language Disorders in Children
  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication
  • Aural Rehabilitation