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MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Speech Communication Studies in the School of Arts and Science offers the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). This degree is designed for individuals with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with appropriate prerequisite coursework.

The purpose of this CSD degree program is to provide aspiring professionals with a firm understanding of the normal processes of speech, language, and hearing; the competence to diagnose and treat the full range of communicative disorders in all age groups; and the opportunity to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, and private practice. The CSD degree is a professional program that emphasizes the knowledge and skills requisite to practice speech-language pathology in an effective, ethical, and inclusive manner.  Additionally, this program prepares students for application for professional credentialing in the field of Speech-Language Pathology (information below).


Individuals will complete the following sequenced coursework:

Fall 1
CSD 515 Language Disorders in Children
CSD 505 Neuroanatomy and Physiology
CSD 603 Advanced Phonological Development & Disorders
CSD 610 Practicum 1

Spring 1
CSD 500 Language Disorders in Adults
CSD 524 Dysphagia in Adults and Children
CSD 615 Evaluation Procedures for Diagnostic Purposes in Speech-Language Pathology
CSD 611 Practicum 2
CSD 519 Language Development and Disorders in School-Age Children
CSD 521 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CSD 612 Practicum 3
CSD 580 Clinical Communication

Fall 2
CSD 517 Research Methods in Speech and Hearing
CSD 570 Current Issues in Audiology
CSD 581 Cognitive Communication and Aging
CSD 613 Practicum 4
Spring 2
CSD 501 Voice Disorders
CSD 575 Fluency Disorders
CSD 527 Social Communication Development and Disorder
CSD 614 Practicum 5

Strategic Plan & Handbooks


The MA program in speech-language pathology at Iona College is a Candidate for Accreditation 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. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Complaint Procedures Regarding Accreditation

Any questions 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) at the following address:

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Boulevard

Rockville, MD  20850-3289

Phone: (800) 498-2071 (ASHA Members), (800) 638-8255 (Non-members)

Fax: (301) 296-8580

Professional Credentialing

Graduates of the Iona College CSD program 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. ASHA provides guidelines for obtaining certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist; please refer to for more information. In addition, please refer to the New York State Education Department Office of Professions for additional information regarding State credentialing:


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