2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 21, 2022  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communication Disorders and Sciences

Communication Disorders and Sciences Department

Ann Blanton, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2201
Fax: 607-753-5940
Email: department secretary

School of Professional Studies


Ann Blanton, Mary Emm, Eileen Gilroy, Regina B. Grantham, Joan Luckhurst, Deborah Matheron, Michael Pitcher, Chea Snyder, Jill Toftegaard, Irena Vincent, Deborah Wilson

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section.


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders is a program intended for students who have a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent. It requires a minimum of 58 credit hours of approved graduate work, including clinical experience. Graduates will be prepared to qualify for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), New York State Licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist, and New York state teacher certification for teachers of speech and language disabilities.

Accreditation Status

The master's (M.S.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at SUNY Cortland is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #310
Rockville, MD 20850

Frequently Asked Questions

Do graduates of CAA candidate programs have the skills and knowledge for professional practice?

Yes, graduates of CAA candidate programs are educated in a core set of skills and knowledge required for entry into independent professional practice.

Does the M.S. program at SUNY Cortland qualify graduate students for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence?

Yes, it does. All graduate students who complete the M.S. program, the clinical fellowship and the Praxis are eligible for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence.

Are past graduates of the M.S. program at SUNY Cortland ASHA certified?

Yes, all past graduates are either ASHA certified or in the process of obtaining their ASHA certification. The first graduating cohorts (Class of 2015 and 2016) are certified, and the third graduating cohort (Class of 2017) is completing the clinical fellowship and in the process of applying for ASHA certification.

Graduate Student Outcomes

Graduate Student Outcome Data Program Completion Rate

Period Total Number of Students Number Completed Within
Expected Time Frame
Percent Completing Within
Expected Time Frame
2017 10 9** 90%
2016 14 13* 92.8%
(inaugural class)
12 12 100%

*One student withdrew. ** One student on medical leave.

Employment Rate

Period Number of Graduates Number of Graduates/
Percent of Graduates Employed
2017 9 Information not available to date
2016 13 13/100%
2015 12 12/100%

PRAXIS Pass Rate

Period Number of Students
Taking the Exam to Date
Number of Students Passed Pass Rate (%)
2017 8 8 100%
2016 13 13 100%
2015 12 12 100%

Special Features

  • Speech-language pathologist in the schools
  • Speech-language pathologist in a hospital
  • Speech-language pathologist in a free standing clinic
  • Speech-language pathologist in private practice

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a graduate degree program as stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to an M.S. degree in communication sciences and disorders should present the following:

  1. Official transcripts documenting a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology/communication disorders or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Overall and major undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - minimum score of 280 required - that includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Entry into speech-language pathology master's programs is very competitive, with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
  3. Three letters of reference. Two must be from academics.
  4. A typewritten statement of 250 words or less, demonstrating commitment to, and interest in the profession of speech-language pathology. The applicant should demonstrate an ability to write clearly and well.
  5. If, upon admission, you have an initial/provisional certificate or a certificate of qualification for initial or provisional certification as teacher of students with speech and language disabilities issued by the New York State Education Department, present this documentation to your graduate advisor at the beginning of the initial semester.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for the degree must meet any additional undergraduate and graduate requirements for the award of the degree established by the department. The student in consultation with the department's chair (or the chair's designee) must ascertain such additional requirements.