Department of Communicative Disorders

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Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Program

The accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree in speech-language pathology offers qualified, focused students the opportunity to complete both the B.S. in Communicative Disorders and the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in five years (rather than six). Admission to the program is highly competitive, but if you are selected you’ll begin earning graduate credits during your senior year, allowing you to save a year of tuition and enter the job market sooner.

Is this program for you?

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you could be a candidate for the accelerated program:

  • Are you (or will you be) an undergraduate major in Communicative Disorders at URI?
  • Do you have an early commitment to this major and profession?
  • Do you have the capacity and motivation to generate a very high grade point average?
  • Do you have the emotional maturity to manage high demands and stress?
  • Do you have an ability and interest to learn using synthetic and problem solving approaches?
  • Are you willing to forego using elective credits outside the major area?

Application Process

  1. Contact your advisor as early as possible (ideally in your first year) to determine your suitability for the program. Standards for admission are high, so this is an important first step.
  2. If you are an appropriate candidate, you’ll construct a program of study with your advisor, to complete all general education requirements and courses within the major by the end of your junior year.
  3. During the second semester of your junior year, you will apply to the graduate program for admission in the following semester.
  4. Prior to entering the graduate program (in your senior year), you should have no fewer than 24 credits remaining to receive a B.S. in Communicative Disorders. You should have no more than 30 credits remaining.
  5. Your application to the accelerated program will be reviewed for admission along with all other graduate program applicants—there is no separate applicant pool for the accelerated program.
  6. Criteria for admission are the same for all applicants and include cumulative GPA, GPA within the major, test scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose written by the applicant.

Program Requirements

Upon admission to the program, you will be given a course schedule for your senior year that will include 24 graduate level credits. Any other credits required for your Bachelor’s Degree will be added in as well. At the end of your senior year, you should have 120 credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree, and will be awarded that degree.

During year five, the second year of graduate study, you will complete 30 additional graduate credits. The sum of all graduate credits (from years 4 and 5) is 54, which is the same total as the traditional Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Sample Plan for the 5-Year BS-MS program:

Freshman Year
Fall Spring
CMD 160 Intro to Comm Disorders
(if not available, take in spring)
CMD 160 Intro to Comm Disorders
Sophomore Year
Fall Spring
CMD 272 Auditory & Speech Mechanism
CMD 273 Phonetics
CMD 274 Communication Processes
CMD 276 Speech Science
CMD 377 Neuroanatomy
Junior Year
Fall Spring
CMD 278 Intro Hearing Science
CMD 375 Language Development
CMD 454 Rehabilitative Audiology
CMD 460 Intro Speech & Lang. Disorders
CMD 361 Introduction to Audiology
CMD 465 Clinical Methods (4)
CMD 493 Multicultural Issues

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