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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
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Communication Sciences and Disorders [M.A.]

Revised Program [Fall 2020]

Students who enter the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders are trained to work in a variety of settings with children and adults. Students seeking Teacher Certification in addition to the Master’s degree should see a graduate advisor for additional teacher certification requirements. Those who do not have undergraduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders must complete the undergraduate deficiencies. Students must consult a graduate advisor in Communication Sciences and Disorders before enrolling in major courses. Admission to this program is competitive.


Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs develop leaders who demonstrate reflective thought and scholarship within the context of a diverse society. In addition, the masters-level programs in the Department of Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders produce professionals with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deliver a continuum of habilitative/rehabilitative services to persons with special needs, and to their families, within a diverse society.

Program Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts program, students must:

In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the GRE is not required for the Winter and Fall 2021 application cycles. The program faculty may request an interview with the applicant before making an admission decision.

  • Submit a Personal Statement (word limit: 250 per question).
    • Tell us about what influenced your decision to enter the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
    • What about our program at EMU interests you?
    • Describe a challenging academic/professional situation and how you resolved it.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Complete an online application.

International students applying to the Communication Sciences and Disorders master’s program must also submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) demonstrating adequate English proficiency. Contact the program coordinator for current score requirements or visit the program website.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission January 15th
Winter Admission July 15th

Department Information

Special Education & Communication Sciences and Disorders | David Winters, Ph.D., Department Head | 128 Porter, 734.487.3300, david.winters@emich.edu

Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., Program Director | Communication Sciences and Disorders | 128 Porter, 734.487.3300, aharten@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Sarah M. Ginsberg, Ed.D., 128 Porter, 734.487.3300, sginsberg@emich.edu

Ana Claudia Harten, Ph.D., 128 Porter, 734.487.3300, aharten@emich.edu

Lidia Lee, Ph.D., 128 Porter, 734.487.3300, llee@emich.edu

Program Requirements

The program requirements for attaining a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders differ in some aspects from those of the Graduate School in that:

  • Only six hours of graduate transfer credit will be accepted.
  • All candidates must meet the clinical and academic requirements for certification of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) prior to receiving their degrees.
  • All candidates must complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved graduate credit. Only 6 hours of transfer credit may be counted toward the 60 hours, with advisor approval.
  • All candidates must pass major courses with a grade of B- or better and clinical courses with a B or better.

Endorsement/Approval Sequence

Students must be free from any administrative or academic probation before an internship or practicum experience is approved. The endorsement sequence is independent of a degree program. Completion of the minimum degree requirements does not guarantee endorsement, and the completion of endorsement requirements do not result in the awarding of a degree.

Foundation Courses: 14 hours

Students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders must also take the following courses

Degree Requirements: 60-61 hours

The following courses are offered to students for completion of the master’s degree program and are considered to be a standard program of study. Students who transfer from other universities should consult their academic advisor concerning equivalencies.

Exit Requirements

To be eligible for graduation and receipt of the Master of Arts degree, the student must:

  • Complete a capstone experience in CSD 694  or a Master’s Thesis in SPGN 692 , at the end of the program.
  • Complete required, coursework, clinical practica, and internships, as described.
  • Submit a completed ASHA application to the advisor.
  • Submit copies of all clinical practica logs to the advisor.

Teaching Certification (Optional)

Students may elect to pursue teaching certification. Students choosing to do so and selecting Elementary Certification must complete a second major in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education. Also, those selecting Elementary Certification must pass the “Elementary Education” certification test, #103. Students selecting Secondary Certification must select a teachable minor from the approved list. See the undergraduate catalog for additional information.

Note - This is a requirement if the student has not already completed a major or minor appropriate to the level of certification sought during the completion of the bachelor’s degree.