Communication Sciences and Disorders - MS
The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders two-year program prepares graduates to work as speech-language pathologists in a wide variety of settings, including: public and private schools, medical settings, private practice, home health agencies, and early intervention centers. They are prepared to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds who face communication challenges.
Two features distinguish the program. The first is its three options, Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Language/Literacy Disorders, and Early Childhood Communication Disorders in addition to a general (no option) track. Regardless of the option selected, all graduates are prepared to meet the requirements for ASHA certification. The second is its curriculum design, marked by an immediate merger between clinical experiences and coursework. Students obtain immediate course-driven clinical experiences in the Program’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center as well as in university–supervised satellite programs.
Students can elect to self-design their program, choosing from an array of required and elective courses that best meet their career objectives. This is referred to as “no option”.
Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:
- $65 application fee (pay online)
- Prior college transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- GRE test scores
- Personal Statement/Essay Questions
- Additional Department Requirements
Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.
Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:
- Fall: N/A
- Spring: N/A
- Summer: January 15
- Special: N/A
New England Regional: No
Accelerated Masters Eligible: No
Supplemental Materials: The Details
If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.
If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:
- Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to email@example.com. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
- Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.
Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.
Test Scores: GRE Required
GRE General Test required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.
For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.
Personal Statement/Essay Questions:
In no more than two pages, respond to the following prompts: 1)We are interested in learning about you as a person. Describe your unique talents, interests, and/or experiences that make you who you are. Speculate about how these might contribute to your experience in our graduate program and/or to your future career. 2)Describe your career path for the next 10 years - where do you see yourself professionally five years from now? Ten years from now? 3)Discuss one issue in the field of communication sciences and disorders that currently interests you most. Why does this issue interest you? 4)Briefly discuss how research is important to the field of communication sciences and disorders. 5)OPTIONAL (may increase page limit to a total of three pages) If you currently have interest in participating in research, pursuing a master thesis, and/or wish to be considered for a graduate research assistantship, briefly describe a) why you are interested in research, b) any prior research experience you may have, and/or c) any knowledge or skills you have that would support your participation in research.
Statements must be included with your submitted application.
Additional Department Requirements:
As of Fall 2013, program requirements in Communication Sciences and Disorders will change. Adjustments to the curriculum will result in an increase in the total number of credits from 56 to 61. For specific information regarding these changes, please contact the program.
All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.
Additional Details for International Applicants
Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.