Students with an undergraduate major in communication sciences and disorders:
Students must complete forty-five (45) semester hours for the degree of Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. A final comprehensive examination is required for this degree. The Master of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders requires the completion of forty-two (42) semester hours, three (3) of which are earned by completion of a thesis.
Students without an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders:
A Student who has been accepted to Baylor's CSD Graduate Program, but did not have an undergraduate degree in CSD is considered a Graduate Student with Leveling Status. These students are required to complete 26 hours (two semesters) of undergraduate courses in Baylor's CSD Department, to meet requirements for state licensure and professional certification. After completing the required 26 hours, the student will begin the Standard Graduate Track and will no longer be able to take undergraduate coursework to fulfill graduate course requirements. Please see the Graduate Leveling page for additional information.
Graduate students must take the National Examination in Speech-language Pathology prior to graduation and submit their scores to Baylor University. Students completing the master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders will meet the coursework and practicum requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and for licensure by the state of Texas.
Certain graduate courses are required of all students to ensure that students are exposed to a variety of areas in speech-language pathology and audiology. These courses are:
- CSD 4312 Clinical Audiology or CSD 5304 Advanced Aural Rehabilitation
- CSD 5149 Clinical Practicum
- CSD 5311 Aphasia
- CSD 5312 Fluency Disorders
- CSD 5314 Voice Pathology
- CSD 5316 Motor Speech Disorders
- CSD 5318 Methods in Graduate Study
- CSD 5328 Dysphagia
- CSD 5649 Clinical Internship (6 hrs.)
In addition, students may choose from the remaining 4000 or 5000 classes to complete the degree. For course descriptions, please see the Graduate Catalog.