Thank you for your interest in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) graduate program at the University of Central Florida. We hope that some of your questions can be answered with the information provided below. If you still have questions after reading the information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Catalog (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu) and
CSD Website (www.cohpa.ucf.edu/comdis)
For specific graduate program information and admission requirements, review the appropriate section in the Graduate Programs section of the Graduate Catalog. http://www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/Programs/Program.aspx?ID=1128.
Located within the catalog is specific information about the program, admission requirements, and even the prescribed plan of study with the required courses. We recommend that you review this information in full before applying to the program. This information can also be found on our department website.
The Communication Sciences and Disorders MA program consists of a minimum of 72 semester hours.
The Department admits qualified in-field applicants, with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and out-of-field applicants, with undergraduate degrees in other majors. Out-of-field students require an additional 32 to 35 credit hours of prerequisite undergraduate course work that may be completed in approximately two to three semesters after being admitted to the graduate program. In-field students will complete the program in six semesters while out-of-field students complete the program in eight to nine semesters.
The Graduate Student Handbook is available on our department website and covers requirements in more detail.
There are three options when completing the program.
I. Traditional Program
I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and want to attend the program full-time.
The Traditional MA program requires a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses which may vary according to the semester of entry. Students will follow the prescribed curriculum and will require departmental approval for changes to the prescribed sequence. The program takes 6 semesters to complete. The current graduate catalog outlines the prescribed plan of study.
I do not have a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders but would like to apply to the graduate program.
Students who did not major in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field may still apply to the graduate program but must complete the undergraduate prerequisite courses upon admission. These courses are meant to be taken upon admission to the graduate program at UCF, not before admission. These courses are specific to UCF and other graduate programs will have different course requirements. Students are not guaranteed admission if they complete the courses prior to being admitted to the program.
A course by course analysis will not be done prior to admission for out-of-field courses. However, upon admission we will most certainly do a course by course analysis to establish a plan of study. There is no guarantee that courses will transfer, so if you choose to take out of field courses prior to admission or graduate courses at other schools you do so at your own risk. 4 | Page
Out-of-field students must complete the following undergraduate prerequisite courses (35 credit hours) or their equivalents once admitted:
- STA 2014C Principles of Statistics (3 credit hours) or STA 2023 Statistical Methods I (3 credit hours)
- LIN 3713 Language Science (3 credit hours)
- LIN 3716/3716L Language Development and Lab (5 credit hours)
- SPA 3101 Physiological Bases of Speech and Hearing (3 credit hours)
- SPA 3104 Neural Bases of Communication (3 credit hours)
- SPA 3112/3112L Basic Phonetics and Lab (4 credit hours)
- SPA 3011/3011L Speech Science I: Production and Lab (4 credit hours)
- SPA 3123/3123L Speech Science II: Perception and Lab (4 credit hours)
- SPA 4032 Audiology (3 credit hours)
- SPA 4326 Hearing Disorders Across the Lifespan (3 credit hours)
III. Consortium Program
I have been working in the school system, as a speech pathologist, in one of the participating counties (listed below) for the past semester or year and have a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
The Consortium MA Program option is available to applicants who are currently employed and have been employed for at least one semester as speech language pathologists within specific local public school districts in the greater Orlando area. The participating school districts are listed below with the appropriate program administrator.
- Brevard – Susan McKeown http://www.brevard.k12.fl.us/
- Orange – Jane Ford https://www.ocps.net/Pages/default.aspx
- Lake – Melissa Lyford http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/
- Sumter – Jeanette Argento http://www.sumter.k12.fl.us/index.html
- Osceola – Stephanie Bednar http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/
- Flagler – Maureen Bowers http://www.flagler.k12.fl.us/
- Marion – Joyce Mills http://www.marion.k12.fl.us/
- Volusia – Pat Kicklighter http://www.volusia.k12.fl.us/
- Seminole – Tanya Shores http://www.scps.k12.fl.us/
- Citrus – Evelyn Walker http://www.citrus.k12.fl.us/
When applying to the Consortium program, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from the district school administrator or program specialist of the Speech-Language Program on official school district letterhead.
Consortium Track students will complete the majority of their coursework in the summers and a small amount of coursework in the fall or spring semesters. With regard to requirements for clinical practice, Consortium Track students typically complete the full-time internship prior to the part-time internship. The full-time internship must be completed in a school setting that is different from the practitioner’s regular assignment. The Consortium Track takes approximately five years to complete.
IV. I want to attend a part-time or an online program.
Currently, we do not have an online program or a part-time program. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website provides information on schools that offer online/distance learning programs.
See our nondegree student policy for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Nondegree students are applicants who have completed at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States and are not seeking a graduate degree. Students interested in taking courses in CSD are able to apply as a nondegree student through the College of Graduate Studies (www.graduate.ucf.edu). Once admitted as a UCF nondegree student, you must come to the CSD department during the first week of classes to receive permission to be enrolled in an undergraduate CSD course. The department will not grant permission to enroll in any courses prior to the first week of classes and only certain courses are available for nondegree students. Most courses are full by the start of the semester.
Due to the large number of applicants to our program we cannot evaluate prerequisite courses prior to admission. Our program accepts prerequisites from other accredited institutions. Most students are required to complete additional prerequisites, approximately one semester, after admission to the program.
The graduate advisor and graduate coordinator will review transcripts after a student is admitted to the graduate program.
How To Apply
Application deadlines are as follows:
All required materials must be submitted by the established deadlines. We admit students in the fall, spring, and summer.
- Summer and Fall – February 1st
- Spring – October 1st
There are three options when completing the program.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide the following to the College of Graduate Studies:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- A minimum GRE score is not required for admission. Applicants are more competitive if they score around the 50th percentile in all sections of the exam.
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from current or former professors. If applying to the Consortium Program one letter is required from the district school administrator or program specialist of the Speech-Language Program.
- If you have been out of school and cannot get recommendations from former professors, it is suggested that you get recommendations from those who can speak of your academic qualifications and ability to complete a graduate program. As well as providing letters of recommendations from direct supervisors.
- A letter of intent describing educational background, professional experiences, interest in the field, career goals, why you want to attend UCF and any other relevant information you think the admissions committee might need to know about your qualifications, as well as,.how you will embody and uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in your professional career.
- Upon admission, a background check must be completed and scheduled through the clinic. Admitted students will receive more information about this requirement at orientation.
Yes, in August 2011, the GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test. www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know
The (old) GRE scores are still accepted for admission as long as they are less than 5 years old. Please visit www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scoresfor help understanding the revised GRE test scores. The concordance table on page 20 in the Guide to the Use of Scores provides the concordance relationship between the prior score scale and the new score scale.
The average GPA of students offered admission to the master’s program ranges between a 3.6 and 3.8 (last 60 credit hour) G.P.A.
The average GRE score of students offered admission is around the 50th percentile in all sections of the GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, Written).
The department does not set minimum requirements for the GRE. The scores are used as part of a complete review process. Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Interpretive Data Used on Score Reports (PDF)
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There are three options when completing the program.
The Office of Financial Assistance assists all students with the financial aid process.
Students offered admission may be eligible for a position in the department as a Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant. These opportunities are limited. Please review the Graduate Assistantship webpage for more information. A GTA application can be completed after admission to the program. Further information will be shared with all accepted students.
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