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 with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Courses that are determined to be equivalent to the New Paltz courses listed below will be accepted. These courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • Official results of the GRE general test with satisfactory test scores
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • 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


  • 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 certificate 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


Obtain an application packet from the office of The Graduate School (available from The Graduate School web page or by contacting the address listed below). Your completed application must be returned to the Graduate School by March 1 for Fall admission. Rolling review of applications begins after Janaury. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered until the following application cycle. A completed application packet will contain:

  • The application form
  • The typed, 400-500 word graduate admissions essay
  • Three letters of reference from persons familiar with your recent professional/academic activity and qualifications
  • One official copy of each transcript showing completion of the undergraduate coursework described in the "Requirements" section above.

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:

For more information contact:
Graduate Coordinator
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: