Master of Science Program in Communication Disorders


Professors: Thomas Campbell, Sandra Chapman, Christine Dollaghan, Robert D. Stillman, Linda Thibodeau, Emily Tobey, Hanna Ulatowska, Anne van Kleeck
Associate Professors: William F. Katz, Pamela Rollins
Assistant Professor: Mandy Maguire

Clinical Faculty: Michelle Aldridge, Lucinda Dean, Sara Haynes, Karen Kaplan, Helen Kenedi, Janice Lougeay, Felicity Sale


The Master of Science program in Communication Disorders offers broad-based professional preparation in speech-language pathology within an environment which supports an active program of clinical services and research. Students are provided comprehensive exposure to clinical approaches in communication disorders and to the scientific foundations from which clinical approaches are derived. Practical experience is available in a variety of clinical, educational, and medical settings.

The graduate program in Communication Disorders is accredited in speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


The principal sites for the academic, clinical, and research activities of the Communication Disorders program is the U.T. Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, adjacent to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Callier-Richardson on the universityís main campus. These facilities, and others throughout the Metroplex, provide the educational, clinical, research, and medical environments essential for an interdisciplinary program in Communication Disorders.

Admission Requirements

The Universityís general admission requirements are discussed here.

Admission to the Communication Disorders Program is based on a review of the applicantís GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. The GRE score is included in the evaluation of the applicantís record. In general, students admitted to the program have a combined Verbal and Quantitative score on the GRE of at least 1000. However, there is no minimum cut-off score for admission nor does a score of at least 1000 assure admission to the program.

Degree Requirements

The Universityís general degree requirements are discussed here.

The Master of Science program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours. Students completing the masterís degree meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Student entering the masterís program with a bachelorís degree in speech-language pathology are required to take the following courses: COMD 6221 Voice Disorders, COMD 6222 Stuttering, COMD 6320 Motor Speech Disorders, COMD 6377 Assessment and Treatment of Adult Neurogenic Disorders, COMD 7303 Dysphagia, and COMD 7378 Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders in Preschool and School-Age Children. Students must also complete 23 hours of approved elective courses including a minimum of two additional courses in the area of language disorders in children and one additional course in the area of language disorders in adults. Students enroll in Practicum (HCS 7380) or Internship (COMD 6630) each semester in order to earn the necessary clock hours for certification and licensure. However, a maximum of 9 semester hours of Practicum/Internship may be counted toward the minimum 48 semester hours required.

Combined Master/Doctoral Study

Students who wish to earn a clinical masterís degree while pursuing doctoral study may apply for combined masterís/doctoral study. Students approved to enroll in both masters and doctoral course pursue an individualized plan of study leading to both degrees.

Comprehensive Examination

All students seeking the masterís degree in Communication Disorders must pass a written comprehensive examination. A thesis is optional.

Out-Of-Field Students

Students entering the program who lack undergraduate preparation in speech-language pathology or audiology are required to take a specified 15 semester hours of preparatory courses. These courses may be taken at U.T. Dallas in conjunction with graduate coursework or may be taken at another university.