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Communication Disorders

Graduate Program

The graduate program in Communication Disorders prepares students for rewarding careers at schools, hospitals, clinics and private practices, in fields where the demand for skilled, caring pathologists is on the rise.

Outstanding Clinical Experience

The Department of Communication Disorders is home to a newly-renovated Speech-Language and Hearing Center, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to Hudson Valley residents, young and old. Students gain valuable, comprehen-sive experience working with clients in the Center and at varied regional affiliate organizations such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitations centers, agencies, and private practices.

Personal Attention and Relationships

As part of a small, tight-knit cohort of enrolled students, you’ll develop skills and build relationships alongside peers who share your interests. Our knowledgeable and experienced faculty work closely with each individual student to provide an exceptional synthesis of research-based academic foundations and applied clinical experience.

Professional Credentials

Graduate programs in Communication Disorders include two concentrations: Speech-Language Pathology, and Speech and Language Disabilities. Completion of either program qualifies students for ASHA certification and New York State licensure. The Disabilities concentration qualifies students for the Initial Certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).

Abundant Career Opportunities

Graduates of MS in Communication Disorders programs find employment in the field at a rate of nearly 100%, and the professional outlook nationwide is forecast to remain strong for years to come. The program has a long and well-established track record of preparing students to succeed, whether they choose careers in clinical or educational settings, or choose to pursue a doctoral degree.



Wendy Bower, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Graduate Coordinator

commdisgrad@newpaltz.edu or 845-257-3452


Alana Matuszewski, Recruiter and Advisor gradstudies@newpaltz.edu or 845-257-3285 STAT E UNIVE R S ITY OF NEW YORK


Admission Requirements

• 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 communication disorders at the undergraduate level. Courses must be determined to b.e equivalent to the New Paltz minimum specified courses listed below, and must have been completed in the last 10 years. These courses may be in progress at the time of application but must be completed prior to entry into the program.

• 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 $60

• Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your recent professional/academic activity and qualifications; at least two must be from academic faculty.

• A typed, 400-500 word graduate admissions essay

• A completed Prerequisites Form

• An interview and proctored writing sample may be required

Additional Courses

In addition, students applying for the Speech Language Disabilities Program (090I) must complete the following three 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., equivalent to EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)

• A course in child or adolescent development, e.g., equivalent to EDS371 Child Psychology and Development (3 credits)

• A course in special education inclusion, e.g., equivalent to SPES350 Creating Inclusive Elementary School Classrooms or SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School (3 credits). Alternatively, students may take SPE565 Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 credits) after starting the graduate program.

Other required courses for ASHA certification that should be taken in advance but may be completed during graduate study are listed below. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in each course.

• A college-level biological science course, preferably human or animal (3 credits)

• A college-level physics or chemistry course relevant to the field of Communication Disorders (3 credits)

• Two college-level social science courses (total of 6 credits)

• Manual communication proficiency is required for ASHA certification, and although there are a variety of ways to fulfill this requirement, we recommend a course or certificate in manual communication (such as American Sign Language).


Refer to the ASHA.org website for examples of courses that fulfill these requirements:  ASHA Certification Courses

How to Apply

Applications for Communication Disorders Graduate Programs are considered for fall admission only.

Application Review Time Line*

August 1 - Apply online at www.newpaltz.edu/graduate

February 1 - Only complete applications will be considered for admission; no exceptions will be made.

Mid-March - First round of interviews are conducted on campus.

Late March - First round of acceptances must confirm or decline their offer of admission.

Early April - Second round interviews conducted on campus.

April 15 - All admission decisions are finalized and available online.

April 16 - Second round acceptances must confirm or decline their offer of admission.


*Dates listed above are subject to change, please refer to our website (www.newpaltz.edu/commdis/grad.html) for updated information.

If you have questions about the application process, contact the Office of Graduate & Extended Learning at 845-257-3285 or email gradstudies@newpaltz.edu.