Although an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is not a prerequisite for admission into our graduate program, it is a preparatory program for the master's degree. Thus, those who enter our graduate program from other professions are required to complete a series of prerequisite undergraduate classes before full admittance to the graduate program. The CSD prerequisite requirements are mandated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The prerequisites and example courses from our undergraduate curriculum are listed below.
While it is intended that the majority of these prerequisite courses be completed prior to application to the graduate program, students may complete up to three courses as deficiency requirements after acceptance into the graduate program. Please see the Director of Graduate Studies for advising.
I. 15 Credit Hours of "Normal Communication"
- CSD 3100 Phonetics
- CSD 3120 Anatomy of Speech and Hearing
- CSD 4400 Language Science
- CSD 5380 Language Development
- CSD 4200 Hearing Science (for AuD students) or CSD 4300 Speech Science (for Speech-Language Students)
II. Courses in Hearing Disorders and Rehabilitation
- CSD 4500 Intro to Audiology
- CSD 5520 Aural Habilitation / Rehabilitation
III. Twelve Allied Course Credits
Allied courses must include three credits in each of the following four areas:
- Statistics (e.g., upper division level of statistics, for example: FCS 3210, PSY 3000, SOC 3112, statistics for the behavioral sciences, etc.)
- Physical Science (physics or chemistry)
- Biological Science (biology or Nutrition)
- Social and Behavioral Science (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, etc.)
IV. 25 Observation Hours
All students must complete at least 25 clock hours (CH) of supervised observation prior to beginning the initial clinical practicum. These 25 CH must concern the evaluation and/or treatment of adults and/or children with speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. Actual observation or videotape may be used for observation purposes. If videotape is used, the students must submit a written report to the supervisor in order to obtain credit for the evaluation. The observation experience must be under the direct supervision of a qualified clinical supervisor who holds current ASHA certification in the appropriate area. More than 25 CH may be obtained, but only 25 can be counted toward the required 400 supervised clinical practicum hour requirement of ASHA.