Graduate Program

M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate Program Mission Statement

The mission of the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare speech-language pathologists to practice across the lifespan and all settings particularly in the southeastern region of Wisconsin. Specific objectives include:

  • To prepare highly qualified professionals in speech-language pathology who exceed the guidelines of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for clinical and academic preparation;
  • To prepare speech-language pathology professionals of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to assess, diagnose and treat clients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and
  • To act as a resource for the University and community by serving as consultants, facilitators and authorities in the various areas of communication disorders.

Our Graduate Program:

  • Student Outcome Data and Graduate Program Characteristics - Read more about our graduate students and applicants.
  • 100% of our masters graduates are employed upon graduation.
  • Since 1993, 99% of our masters students passed the National Exam in Speech Language Pathology on the first attempt.
  • 94% retention rate for graduate students over the past 15 years.
  • As a small program you will have one to one interaction with the faculty. In exit interviews, graduates have noted that this is one of the program's greatest strengths.
  • While Whitewater has the feel of a university community, it also has easy access to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
  • Example of the valuable clinical experiences encouraged by our caring faculty mentors (video): Changing Lives: One Voice at a Time

For questions relating to the UW-Whitewater Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders please contact the main office at 262-472-1301 or or our Graduate Coordinator Dr. Lynn Gilbertson at 262-472-5202 or

The Master of Science program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). If you have any questions or concerns about standards or ethics contact ASHA at 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.