Communication Sciences and Disorders

Graduate Program


Who Should Apply?


1) Students with an undergraduate degree in communication disorders complete the master’s program in two academic years of full-time study (six semesters). The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program, email us.

2) Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-communication disorders field can still apply to the graduate program as pre-requisite students.. The department accepts a limited number of pre-requisite applicants each year. Required documents for admission include all of the materials listed for the Master’s program, i.e., application, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and official transcript. Students must also apply to the UK Graduate School.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed before graduate-level courses are taken. Traditionally, applicants take these courses in their first year as graduate students once they have been accepted into the program. The pre-requisite program takes three academic years (eight semesters) to complete with the student taking the pre-requisite or “leveling” courses during the first academic year. Since our graduate program is competitive and we have a limited number of slots for admissions, students should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. If you have additional questions about admission to the graduate program as a pre-requisite student, email us.

Completion of a graduate degree in speech-language pathology is required for national certification and state licensure, as well as for teaching certification in most states. Most graduate programs require 1 1/2 to 2 years of full-time study to complete. Participation in UK’s graduate program, or any other program around the state or country, is very competitive. Most programs will require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission.

How to Apply


Click here for important application instructions.



Prerequisite course work required of students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

CSD 285Clinical Phonetics3
CSD 378Anatomy & Physiology3
CSD 402Speech & Hearing Science3
CSD 410Language Development Across the Lifespan3
CSD 491Audiology3
CSD 481Clinical Methods3
CSD 484Diagnostic Procedures3
CSD 571Neural Bases3
CSD 591Aural Rehabilitation3


Requirements of the Graduate Program

Course Title Credits
CSD 621 Alternative & Augmentative Communication 3
CSD 647 Language Disorders in Dev. Young Individuals 3
CSD 648 Language Disorders in School-Age Populations 3
CSD 654 Clinical Orientation 3
CSD 657 Clinical Practicum 2
CSD 659 Clinical Rotation in 3 sites
VA or Adult Site
School or Child Site
CSD 661 Phonological Development & Disorders 3
CSD 670 Voice Disorders 3
CSD 675 Low Incidence Disorders 1-3
CSD 677 Aphasia and Related Disorders 3
CSD 701 Research Methods in CSD 3
CSD 710 Cognitive Communication Disorders 3
CSD 744 Adult Swallowing and Motor Speech 3
CSD 745 Pediatric Feeding and Motor Speech 3
CSD 748 Thesis (Optional) 0
CSD 768 Thesis (Optional) (Residence Credit) 6
XXX Electives 1


Program Outcome Data

The Master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders tracks progress of its graduates on several outcome measures. We are happy to report that:


Program Completion Rates for Master’s Program
Academic Year Completed on Time Completed Late Did Not Complete Percent Completing
2013-14 33 3 0 100%
2012-13 28 0 1 97
2011-12 29 0 0 100
2010-11 27 0 0 100
2009-10 28 0 0 100
5 Year Average 99

Praxis Examination Pass Rates
Academic Year Graduated Number Taking Exam Number Passing Exam Pass Rate (%)
2013-14 34 34 100
2012-13 28 28 100
2011-12 29 29 100
2010-11 27 27 100
2009-10 28 28 100
5 Year Average 99


Program Graduates Employed in the Profession within 1 Year of Graduation*
Academic Year Number of Graduates Percent Employed
2013-14 34 91
2012-13 28 92
2011-12 29 84
2010-11 27 96
2009-10 28 96
5 Year Average 92 

*includes graduates enrolling in a doctoral program



Admission Criteria

Prospective graduate students need to recognize that admission to our graduate program is very selective. We only accept a limited number of students each year. While the minimum admission requirement is a 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0, the average GPA of students selected for our program is 3.5. The average GRE (verbal & quantitative) score of selected students is 304. Students should also understand that many factors besides GPA and GRE go into the admission decision for the successful applicant. All applications are reviewed for non-academic factors that suggest success in graduate education and evidence of professionalism. These factors include, but are not limited to, interpersonal qualities, integrity, a well-defined sense of responsibility, and experiences in health care settings with individuals of diverse backgrounds. The admissions committee carefully reviews letters of recommendation, personal essays, and work and volunteer experiences for these important non-academic factors.


CSD Graduate Program Application Instructions

Prospective Students: Please click here for application instructions to UK’s Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.



When a student is accepted into the graduate program, the Director of Graduate Studies forwards a letter of acceptance to the student. At that time, the student is provided the name of the academic advisor from among the CSD faculty.