We offer both Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees. Students who complete a master’s thesis are potentially eligible for the MS degree.  

The program offers two specializations: speech-language pathology and audiology. A speech language pathologist deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of primarily expressive communication disorders, including the identification, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of speech, language, and swallowing dysfunction. An audiologist deals primarily with receptive communication disorders, especially the prevention, identification, and measurement of hearing loss and the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairments, as well as the assessment of balance disorders. 

Both tracks of the communication science and disorders curriculum exceed the academic and clinical standards established by the Council on Academic Accreditation, the organization that accredits our educational program.

Entry-level students (with a baccalaureate degree in communication science and disorders) will complete two years of study (6 trimesters, 64 credits), including meeting all requirements for the master’s degree and state licensure—as well as all clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language-pathology. 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to seek the  doctoral degree in audiology (AuD). Otherwise, interested applicants should consider the master’s program in audiology with thesis option. 

For more information, please contact our admissions director:
E-mail: csdadmissions@shrs.pitt.edu
Phone: (412)383-6540

A researcher and subject prepare for an experiment on motor control and speech production. Eyetracking is used to measure moment-by-moment language processing in both typical and language-impaired individuals.  An audiology student provides supervised clinical services to a patient.
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