The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is offered in a consortium with the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This unique educational consortium combines the academic and clinical resources of a major medical sciences campus with a large, comprehensive, urban university. It is a full-time two year program with one cohort of 22-24 students beginning each fall semester, and it consists of a total of five (5) semesters including one (1) summer.
Students must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. If the bachelor’s degree is not in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the applicant will be required to take additional prerequisite coursework. The program is designed to be completed in 2 years (including one summer with a common entry point in the fall). Exceptions to these timelines may occur on an individual basis. All work must be completed within 8 calendar years of initial admission. A minimum of 52 semester credit hours are required for completion of the program.
Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies the student to take national examinations required for licensure and/or certification. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the Arkansas of Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology for a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for national certification. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with state licensure and national certification requirements.
Admission to the Master of Science degree program is competitive and based on the following factors:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Leadership and professionalism
- Written and oral communication