Speech-Language Pathology



Faculty: Professor Kovarsky, chair. Professors Kovarsky, Singer, and Weiss; Associate Professor Kim; Assistant Professor Mahler.

The speech-language pathology program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: Students who are interested in applying to the graduate program in speech-language pathology, and who have not taken the undergraduate requirements, may wish to enroll as post-baccalaureate (nonmatriculating) students to fulfill or begin to fulfill these requirements. The undergraduate requirements—courses needed prior to taking graduate courses—include CMD 272, 273, 274, 276, 278, 375, 377, and 465. Completion of these courses does not, however, assure admission into the graduate program, nor is completion of all the requirements essential for application to the program. Any required undergraduate courses not completed prior to graduate admission will be added to the graduate program. GRE or MAT scores are required for admission. Strong consideration will be given to the cumulative GPA. In addition, performance within a communicative disorders major or prerequisite courses will be viewed as a particularly important criterion for admission. The completed application package must be received by October 15 for spring admission and March 1 for fall admission.

Program requirements (54 credits): Required courses consist of the following: CMD 493, 504, 550 (A, B, C), 560, 561, 564, 569, 570, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585, and 592. Nonthesis option: required courses as noted above; written comprehensive examination. Thesis option: 6 credits of CMD 599 (thesis); required courses as noted above; electives chosen from CMD 492, 494, 563, 571, 580, 594, 595, and 598.

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Admission requirements: GRE or MAT for speech-language pathology; URI sixth-semester standing in communicative disorders with all major requirements completed and 24 elective credits remaining; a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and 3.20 in the major through the fifth semester; and two letters of recommendation from URI communicative disorders faculty.

URI undergraduate communicative disorders majors who have met requirements for early acceptance in the graduate program in speech-language pathology, which includes successful application to the program, may follow a special sequence of graduate-level course work and clinical practicum during their senior year (see “Communicative Disorders” in the undergraduate section of this catalog for more information). If eligible, following the award of the Bachelor of Science degree in communicative disorders, students may complete a 30-credit master’s degree (rather than the usual 54-credit master’s degree) in speech-language pathology in one year plus a summer of full-time graduate study.

Program requirements: Speech-language pathology students must take 24 specified graduate credits (at the 400 or 500 level) of communicative disorders course work in the senior year to complete the bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders; 30 credits of course work in the fifth year (postbaccalaureate) at the 400 or 500 level. Specific course requirements are as stated in the regular two-year master’s program (see above).