Application Deadline: January 1 for fall admission

The requirements for admission to this program are:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • evidence of academic and clinical aptitude in the form of previous academic records
  • aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (institution code 0681)
  • three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your academic ability

Prerequisite coursework: The following prerequisite courses may be completed prior to matriculation but do not have to be. The only exception to this is Language Acquisition, which must be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants from backgrounds other than speech and hearing (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics, Biology, etc.) may not have taken any of the listed prerequisites. Once accepted into the program, students may complete these courses on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrent with graduate study. An early-entry option is also available that permits accepted applicants to complete some prerequisite coursework during the summer before matriculation.

SARSH521: Phonetics

Application of International Phonetic Alphabet to sounds of American English. Detailed analysis of vowel and consonant sounds. Students learn and practice the skills necessary to analyze and transcribe speech sounds to describe the speech patterns of various American dialects and speech disorders.

SARSH522: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

Study of the physiological structures and functions that underlie speech production. Emphasis is placed on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems. Introduction to neuroanatomy and neural control of the production of speech as well as dysfunction of these normal processes in clinical disorders is included.

SARSH524: Language Acquisition

This course will focus on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. We will cover the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will be focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner.

SARSH531: Introduction to Communication Disorders

Introduction to various speech and language disorders found across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Characteristics underlying biological systems and methods for evaluation and treating a variety or communication disorders are examined. Exploration of the professions of speech pathology and audiology.

SARSH535: Diagnostic Audiology

Requires both lecture and lab to cover hearing assessment through the use of pure-tone and speech audiometric techniques as well as the measurement of middle-ear function. The course also includes information about the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, acoustics, and the effect of noise on hearing.

SARSH542: Aural Rehabilitation

An introduction to theory and techniques of audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation in audiology and speech-language pathology. The significance of Deaf world issues in the field of aural rehabilitation is addressed throughout the course.

SARSH547: Introduction to the Clinical Process I

This course is designed to prepare speech-language pathology students to enter into clinical practicum. Students will study theories of clinical process through guided observation experiences, culminating to a final mini-practicum experience. As part of this course, students will complete the ASHA requirement of 25 clinical observation hours.

*SAR SH 524 Language Acquisition must be completed prior to matriculation

The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology requires that a course be completed in each of the following areas prior to graduation from the master’s degree program. If these courses have not been completed prior to matriculation, they may be completed on a non-graduate-credit basis concurrently with graduate study.

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • Statistics

The applicant must submit evidence of academic and clinical aptitude in the form of previous academic records and aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (Boston University CSDCAS 0681) and at least three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic ability.

Application Process

All applications are filed electronically through a centralized application system: CSDCAS. Application Deadline: January 1, 2014 for entry in September 2014

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 617-612-2030
Address (All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below):

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

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