College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Communication Disorders

Graduate Programs in Communication Disorders


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • A college-level course in statistics with a minimum grade of 2.0 (4.0 scale)
  • At least nine courses in speech, language and hearing at the undergraduate level. Courses must be determined to be equivalent to the New Paltz minimum specified courses listed below. These courses must be completed prior to matriculation
  • Official results of the GRE general test with satisfactory test scores
  • One copy of ALL official transcripts (including transfer schools)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your recent professional/academic activity and qualifications
  • A typed, 400-500 word graduate admissions essay
  • Interview and proctored writing sample may be required


  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing | 3
  • Audiology | 3
  • Child Language Disorders | 3
  • Speech and/or Hearing Science | 3
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders | 3
  • Language Development in Children | 3
  • Observations in Communication Disorders | 2
  • Phonetics | 3
  • Tests & Assessment in Communication Disorders (or Diagnostics) | 3

These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution within the 10 years prior to matriculation. It is possible to take prerequisite courses at New Paltz through a post-baccalaureate program, Foundations in Communication Disorders.

Note that these are minimum credit and grade requirements, without which applications will not be considered. Actual admission decisions are based on competitive review.

  • In addition, students applying for the Speech Language Disabilities Program (090I) must complete the following two courses, or their equivalents. These courses should be taken in advance but may be completed during graduate study:
    • A course in the foundations of Education, e.g., EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education. (3 credits)
    • A course in child, adolescent, or human development, e.g., EDS371 Child Psychology and Development. (3 credits)
    • A course in special education inclusion (e.g., SPES350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms. (3 credits)
  • Other required courses for ASHA certification which should be taken in advance but may be completed during graduate study are listed below. These courses must be college-level. A minimum grade of 2.0 (4.0 scale) is required in each course.
    • A biological science course with emphasis on human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science) (3 credits)
    • A physical science course including physics or chemistry (3 credits)
    • Two social science courses including psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health (total of 6 credits)
    • A course in aural rehabilitation (3 credits)
    • A course or certificate demonstrating manual communication proficiency

Due Dates & Procedures

Obtain an application packet from the office of the Graduate School (see web page and contact information below). Rolling review of applications begins February 1. 

Feb. 1 - Early Action Deadline: Complete applications (including transcripts with Fall 2014 grades) that are received by this date will be given priority review for Fall 2015 admission.

March 1 - Regular Deadline: Complete applications (including transcripts with Fall 2014 grades) must be received by this date in order to be reviewed for Fall 2015 admission.

Graduate students enter the program only during the Fall semester. For Graduate Admission information, including application form, catalog and brochure, contact:

The Graduate School
Haggerty Administration Building 804
State University of New York
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499

Tel: (845) 257-3285
Fax: (845) 257-3284
Web site:

**If you have questions about applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc., contact the office of the Graduate School.

If you have questions about the masters program, contact:

Graduate Coordinator
Dept. of Communication Disorders, HUM 14A
State University of New York
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561-2440

Tel: (845) 257-3620
Fax: (845) 257-3605
e-mail the coordinator: