School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS MS

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The Master of Science in Communication Disorders (COMD) degree provides academic and clinical training for students who are preparing for professional practice in speech-language pathology. The master’s degree program is housed at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, known internationally for its programs of research and clinical service, and takes advantage of the wide array of clinical, medical, and educational facilities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Students also have opportunities to participate in faculty research on topics that include child language development and disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bilingualism, literacy, speech production, and the neurobiology of language, at the Callier Center as well as at three other UT Dallas centers: the Center for BrainHealth, the Center for Children and Families and the Center for Vital Longevity.

The master’s degree program in communication disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700). The program is ranked among the top 5 percent of U.S. master’s programs in speech-language pathology by U.S. News & World Report (and our graduates have an employment rate of 100 percent).

Degree Program

Students earning a master’s degree in communication disorders enroll in coursework and clinical practicum/internship placements each term. Courses and clinical placements are designed around core requirements that are typically completed during the first two terms of the program, followed by electives that students choose during the remaining terms as they develop their specific clinical interests and career goals.

For students with undergraduate degrees in communication disorders, the master’s degree program requires five semesters of full-time study. Students entering the program from other fields may need to complete prerequisite courses, in which case the program requires six semesters of full-time study.

Part-time study is not advised because most classes and practicum take place during the day. The program does not admit non-degree students.

The UT Dallas graduate catalog provides more information on the Master of Science in COMD degree. The university’s course look-up site, CourseBook, describes specific courses in the COMD program.

Career Paths

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, diagnose, and treat communication disorders and swallowing disorders. SLPs are employed in schools, hospitals, and clinics; they often work collaboratively with other health care providers and educators. Job opportunities in speech-language pathology continue to expand and speech-language pathology is consistently rated among the “100 Best Jobs” by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to clinical practice, SLPs also may be employed as researchers, educators and administrators.

For more information about career opportunities in speech-language pathology, please explore the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Admissions

Admission to the COMD master’s degree program is based on a review of the applicant’s grade point average (GPA), scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a “statement of purpose” essay describing the applicant’s specific interests and career goals. In addition, applicants should review the technical standards for admission to ensure eligibility for the program. See the UT Dallas graduate admissions page for general information on the application process.

To be accepted for the fall semester, completed applications are due by February 15. To be accepted for the spring semester, completed applications are due by September 15 and to be accepted for the summer semester, completed applications are due by February 15.

Specific questions about applying to the communication disorders master’s degree program should be directed to [email protected].

Financial Aid

General information on financial aid for graduate students is available via the UT Dallas graduate admissions page. Financial aid for master’s degree students in the COMD program is limited and is awarded on a competitive basis after students have been admitted to the program. Please contact the program head for more information about funding opportunities for master’s students in the COMD program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Program Contacts

Program Head

Robert Stillman, PhD
Office: CD A102
Phone: 214-905-3060

Dir of Clinical Programs

Jan Lougeay
Office: CD A105
Phone: 214-905-3116

Program Coordinator

Chona Lucas
Office: CD B112
Phone: 214-905-3060

Program Mailing Address

Communication Disorders Masters Program
UT Dallas/Callier Center
1966 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, TX 75235

Phone: 214-905-3060
[email protected]

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