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Why CMD at URI?

Why Communicative Disorders at URI?

Because we take our mission statement seriously!

The CMD Mission Statement
The major mission of the Department of Communicative Disorders is to develop clinically competent speech-language pathologists by providing graduate students with a comprehensive curriculum and broad practical opportunities guided by the Knowledge and Skills Assessment Standards mandated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In addition, the department provides undergraduate majors with an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a sufficient background to pursue successful completion of graduate student careers in either speech-language pathology or audiology. Each faculty member is committed to research and service activities as well as excellence in classroom and clinical teaching as well as delivering the program content through excellence in didactic and clinical teaching.

Because of the success of our most recent M.S. graduates!

Prospective students should be interested in knowing that our recent graduates have enjoyed success following their graduation from our M.S. program in Speech-Language Pathology.

  1. Employment Rate: 97% for the last three years (2011/2012 – 2013/2014), representing 62 students. Our students are employed in school settings, rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, V.A. Hospitals, early intervention programs, and private practices. They work in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
  2. Numbers of Students Passing the PRAXIS exam on the first try: 100% (with 58 students reporting).
  3. Over 95% of the students starting our graduate program have completed their degrees within 5 semesters if they (2 years + one summer) entered our program with an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders, have maintained full-time student status, and have met KASA standards; and within 7 semesters if they entered without an undergraduate degree in communicative disorders and chose to be a full-time student.

See this page for complete statistics about employment rates, PRAXIS exam outcomes and program completion.

Here is a table with all of the numbers for 2011-2013:






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%age passing


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*One student of 26 has not been contacted

**Not all of our graduates report their PRAXIS scores to us.


Because of our attention to individualizing students’ programs!

Our department prides itself in providing graduate education to students on both a full-time and a part-time basis. Many of our students have been out in the workforce for a number of years pursuing other careers and have decided to retool with us. This diversity in our student roster adds something special and positive to our program. We draw our students from a number of states and regions of the country although New England and the New York Tri-State area are home to most of our graduate students.

Further, we do our best to keep careful tabs on our students as they make their way through the program, through advising appointments, and mid-semester evaluations as well as end-of-semester evaluations of student progress. Each student files a Program of Study with the URI Graduate School that assists in keeping the students on track in terms of their academic course work. Clinical supervisors typically meet more often than ASHA prescribes to be sure that students are progressing in meeting the KASA Standards.

Because who wouldn’t want to study with a talented faculty in a beautiful setting in southeastern Rhode Island where beaches at Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound are both short drives away…

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