Communication Sciences and Disorders (MA)
Why Communication Science and Disorders?
Communication is key in how we interact with and participate in the world around us. For those with communication difficulties, every day tasks can become a challenge. Learn how to support this population by diagnosing and treating the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups in a wide variety of clinical settings: schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers and more.
This program is designed for aspiring professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree with the appropriate prerequisite coursework.
Why Study Communication Sciences and Disorders at Iona?
Our program provides robust hands-on experience through opportunities to serve individuals with communicative disorders in the greater community. You'll get to work with real clients in our Speech and Language Hearing Clinic and Speakers' Center, which provide a broad and deep range of services including language delay evaluation, oral motor disorders, stuttering, swallowing therapy and more.
You will work alongside faculty who are practicing therapists in or program that is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our program will prepare you for application for professional credentialing in the field of speech-language pathology.
Our MA graduates have a 100 percent job placement rater in the profession within one year of graduation.
What You'll Learn
You will gain a firm understanding of the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing and the competence to diagnose and treat the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups.
You will learn the knowledge and skills required to practice speech-language pathology in an effective, ethical, and inclusive manner.
You will participate in hands-on clinical practicums and intern in professional settings under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech pathologist.
You will gain hands-on experience assessing and serving clients in our full-service Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic for the community. You will help provide services for child language delays, communicative disorders resulting from brain injury or stroke, articulation, and many other communication issues under the guidance of licensed Speech-Language Pathologist faculty members.
As a graduate of our program, you will have completed the necessary coursework and clinical experiences to satisfy the academic and professional requirements specified by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and are eligible to apply for licensure in Speech-Language Pathology by the New York State Department of Education's Office of the Professions.
With our program's rate of 100% job placement, you will be working in your field within a year after graduation. You can also count on caring alumni to help with mentorship and job opportunities.
I was able to complete a rigorous full-time graduate program with two children. There will be days when you question your career choice and your clinical skills, but Iona's team of dedicated educators are there to help you through it.
Jaridy Fabre '17
Careers & Outcomes
Move toward licensure to help others improve their communication disorders. Make a difference in the health service industry and be the reason someone's life is changed for the better.
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Clinical Fellow
- Speech Therapist
- Hearing Specialist
This program admits for the fall semester only. The deadline for Fall 2022 is February 15, 2022.
Applicant's must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0, and a prerequisite GPA of a 3.3 with no prerequisite courses below a C. Successful completion of prerequisite courses is required by the end of the summer prior to enrollment in the CSD graduate program. If all prerequisites are not complete at time of admission, applicants will receive a conditional admittance until all prerequisite courses are complete) Applicant's must complete an application through CSDCAS, before the application deadline.
CSDCAS application includes:
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (academic or professional references are accepted)
- Brief essay and video components
- 25 observation hours
- GRE is recommended but not required
The MA program in Speech-Language Pathology at Iona College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.
Any questions or complaints regarding the program's accreditation status or compliance with accreditation standards may be directed to the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).