Master's Degree Program

Two Female Graduates Laughing at Graduate Day

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CD&S) offers both a two-year and a three-year Master’s degree program.  The two-year program is for students who already completed a Bachelor’s degree program or a post-baccalaureate program in communication disorders.  The three-year program (extended master’s) is for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in another field of study. 

The Master’s degree program offers an in-depth study of communication disorders with an emphasis on articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders (stuttering), augmentative and alternative communication, voice disorders, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), neurogenic disorders, hearing disorders, language disorders, social aspects of communication, and cognitive aspects of communication.  Courses and clinical opportunities place a high priority on assessment and intervention within an evidence-based, ethical, and multicultural framework. 

Clinical practica occur in a variety of settings, including the Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders housed in the Department. Students have clinical opportunities with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults, and elders in a variety of settings, including public, private, and charter schools (preschool, elementary, middle, high schools), rehabilitation agencies, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.    

Students complete a culminating experience with either a master’s thesis or a comprehensive examination.  The thesis option is typically completed by students who have a strong interest in research and it usually requires a two-semester sequence of independent study paired with faculty mentoring.  The comprehensive examination is a multiple choice exam and students have three opportunities (if needed) to pass the exam.  Upon completion of the master’s program, students receive a Master of Arts degree and are eligible to work as a speech-language pathologist. 

The Department is currently supported by four federal training grants that provide CD&S students with small group specialized instruction and clinical experiences, tuition remission, conference travel, and book allowances.  Two of these grants focus on training SJSU students to provide services in special populations, 1) children with hearing impairment and 2) persons who use augmentative and alternative communication. A third grant aims to develop SJSU students in culturally competent assessment and intervention activities to meet the needs of multicultural populations.  A fourth federal grant is a partnership between SJSU and the University of Guam to train residents of the Pacific Islands in speech-language pathology. (Grants Page)

Please see below for the 2-year and 3-year course sequences.

2-Year Curriculum

The 2-year curriculum is for students who meet all admission criteria for the Master's Degree Program, specifically, having a Bachelor's degree or Post-Bac in speech pathology/audiology.

Course Sequence

3-Year Curriculum (Extended Master's) 

The 3-year curriculum is for students who meet all of the admission criteria for the Master's Degree Program, but do not currently have a Bachelor's Degree or have not completed a Post-Bac in speech pathology/audiology. 

Course Sequence

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Basic Science Requirements & California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Requirements

All graduate students (2-year and 3-year programs) must fulfill the ASHA basic science coursework along with  the CCTC required coursework

Category 1. A course in the Biological Sciences (e.g. Intro to Biology, Intro to Zoology ) or equivalent.

Category 2. A course in the Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology or any equivalent course in these disciplines.

Category 3. A course in the Physical Sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, astronomy) or equivalent.

Category 4. A course in Statistics (this is fulfilled through our program requirement to take Math 95 (Statistics).

Category 5. A class in child and adolescent development (e.g. ChAD 60, PSYC 102, or HS 15)