What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

  • Minimum of 63 semester hours with communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 90 semester hours without communication sciences and disorders bachelor’s degree

63 semester hours = Six semesters or two years; 90 semester hours = Nine semesters or three years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1 (firm deadline – all requirements must be met by this date)
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.S.

The communication sciences and disorders program offers a unique educational opportunity for students to become highly qualified speech-language pathologists.

Our downtown Atlanta location gives students excellent clinical experiences across the city. Our faculty’s commitment to students’ success provides an exceptional learning environment. Cohorts of 30-32 students begin each fall semester and students receive individual attention and work together through the year.

The program’s intensive field-based education prepares students to:

  • Implement best practices in the profession
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and clients
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals who serve individuals with communication disorders and their families
  • Pursue opportunities for advanced degrees

The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Georgia State 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.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Highlights

Classroom Experience

Graduates of the communication sciences and disorders program can start careers in private practices, schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the state and nationally. In the classroom, students are engaged in learning through lectures, discussion, small group activities, hands-on experiences, readings, individual assignments and group projects.

Field Experience

Clinical practicum consists of three semesters of on-campus experience in the Georgia State Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and two semesters of an off-campus practicum. In the third semester of the on-campus practicum, you participate in a “specialty internship” at an off-campus facility one day a week throughout the semester. During off-campus internships, you are placed at a school and an adult medical setting for one semester, respectively; these internships are full-time, Monday through Friday during the semester.

CSD students pose in a field
Many of our students are also members of CommunicAID+Nation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for people with communication disorders. The group recently held its first kickball tournament fundraiser featuring teams made up of graduate students, faculty and staff. The tournament raised $210 for individuals with communication disorders.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

When applying to the Communication Sciences and Disorders, M.S. (Speech-Language Pathology) program, you will need to submit several documents for review in two application systems.

CSDCAS Application Instructions:

  • Create an account with CSDCAS.
  • Complete & submit the CSDCAS Application; pay application fee.
    • Goals Statement (upload with the application) All applicants are required to submit a goal statement as part of their application. The statement should follow the guidelines and must address topics 1 and 2 listed below.
      • Guidelines: one page in length, 12 font size, one-inch margins on each side, single-spaced.
      • Topics:(1.) Describe an experience (e.g., accomplishment, event, or challenging situation) that shaped you, changed your perspective, or sparked personal growth that relates to your plans to pursue graduate school. (2). Explain how you would contribute to the academic and clinical culture of our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State. (3.) If there is any additional information you would like to share or clarify about your application, please do so.
    • Resume (upload with the application).
    • Three Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application).
    • Official Transcript(s): minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
      • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended by mailing directly to CSDCAS Verification Department | P.O. Box 9113 Watertown, MA 02471.
    • GRE scores:
      • Institution code 7461; scores may not be more than five years old at time of application.

The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educations (GACE) Program Admission Assessment is a requirement for entry into speech-language programs in the state of Georgia. This requirement is set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for the preparation and licensing of educators and speech-language pathologists in the state. However, you may be exempt from the GACE Program Admission Assessment if you meet one of the following: SAT scores (1000 or higher – reading & math scores only); ACT scores (43 or higher – English & math scores only); GRE scores (297 or higher – verbal and quant scores); the score report for proof of exemption can be uploaded to your application for verification.  If you do not meet the exemption criteria, you will need to take and pass all three sections of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

  • GACE Program Admission Assessment.
    • You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT/GRE/or SAT; For exemption score details, click here.
    • Click here for information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

Georgia State Application Instructions:

  • Create a profile for the GSU/CAS-Liaison Graduate Application.
  • Complete & submit the GSU/CAS-Liaison Graduate Application; pay the $50 application fee.
    • Complete ALL components of the GSU/CAS-Liaison Graduate Application EXCEPT the following sections: writing sample, art portfolio, letters of recommendation.
    • Goals Statement (upload with the application): All applicants are required to submit a goal statement as part of their application. The statement should follow the guidelines and must address topics 1 and 2 listed below.
      • Guidelines: one page in length, 12 font size, one-inch margins on each side, single-spaced.
      • Topics: (1.) Describe an experience (e.g., accomplishment, event, or challenging situation) that shaped you, changed your perspective, or sparked personal growth that relates to your plans to pursue graduate school. (2). Explain how you would contribute to the academic and clinical culture of our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State. (3.) If there is any additional information you would like to share or clarify about your application, please do so.
    • Resume (upload with the application).
    • Official Transcript(s): minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
      • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302
    • GRE scores:
      • institution code 5251; scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.

The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educations (GACE) Program Admission Assessment is a requirement for entry into speech-language programs in the state of Georgia. This requirement is set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for the preparation and licensing of educators and speech-language pathologists in the state. However, you may be exempt from the GACE Program Admission Assessment if you meet one of the following: SAT scores (1000 or higher – reading & math scores only); ACT scores (43 or higher – English & math scores only); GRE scores (297 or higher – verbal and quant scores); the score report for proof of exemption can be uploaded to your application for verification.  If you do not meet the exemption criteria, you will need to take and pass all three sections of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

  • GACE Program Admission Assessment.
    • You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT/GRE/or SAT; For exemption score details, click here.
    • Click here for information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

Please Note:

Required Coursework:

  • 9 hours of clinical practice
  • 12 hours of internship
  • 39 hours of coursework
  • 3 hour elective
    ** additional prerequisite courses required for students admitted without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

For more information, visit our catalog:

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, such as assistantships and fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

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Program Accreditation

The master’s program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Description

Careers

Communication sciences and disorders graduates work in a variety of settings, including public schools, private schools, private practices, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Stephanie Gilbert
sgilbert6@gsu.edu

Communication Sciences and Disorders
CSDinfo@gsu.edu
404-413-8223

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 850
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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