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: Dec. 1
  • Spring/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

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

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: Dec. 1
  • Spring/Summer: Does Not Admit

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.

Careers

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

Program Details

Admission Requirements

When applying to the communication sciences and disorders program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Goals statement (upload with the application) providing insight into the applicant’s personal goals and why they’re interested in the program as a vehicle to help meet those goals
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three letters of recommendation (identify your recommenders on the application)
  • Official transcript: Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores (minimum 50 percentile verbal; verbal/quantitative/analytical required):
    • Institution code 5251
    • Scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

If you do not meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

Please Note:

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.

Program of Study

Required Courses (60):

CSD 7450 Language Disorders in Young Children (3)
CSD 7455 Language Disorders in School Age Children (3)
CSD 7510 Neuroscience for Communication (3)
CSD 7520 Speech Sound Disorders (3)
CSD 7530 Voice Science and Disorders (3)
CSD 7540 Fluency Disorders (3)
CSD 7550 Acquired Aphasia (3)
CSD 7560 Diagnostic Methods of Speech and Language Disorders (3)
CSD 7590 Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders (2)
CSD 7600 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (3)
CSD 7610 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
CSD 7630 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice (2)
CSD 7840 Research Methods in Communication Disorders (3)
CSD 7910 Clinical Practicum in Communication Disorders (8)
CSD 7950 Communication Disorders Medical Internship (6)
CSD 7951 Communication Disorders School Internship (6)
CSD 8330 Acquired Neurocognitive Communication Disorders (3)

Elective (3):
Students can take courses numbered 6000 level or above in Applied Linguistics (AL), Communication (COMM), Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), Educational Psychology (EPY), Neuroscience (NEUR), Nutrition (NUTR), or Psychology (PSYC) with the approval of the program coordinator or faculty advisor. Other appropriate courses may be selected with the approval of the program coordinator or faculty advisor.

Program Total: Minimum of 63 semester hours

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.

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Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Julie Washington, Ph.D.
jwashington@gsu.edu
404-413-8340

Communication Sciences and Disorders
404-413-8044
csdadmissions@gsu.edu

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

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