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Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
About the course
A non-thesis track and a thesis track are available for the Master of Science (MS) degree from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The non-thesis track, which trains students to become certified professional speech-language pathologists, is what the majority of students choose. For the MS degree, non-thesis track students must complete forty-five (45) semester hours and pass the necessary final comprehensive test. This equates to four semesters (i.e., terms).
The thesis-track is intended for students who are interested in graduate research that will result in a thesis and who eventually want to pursue doctorate education. Three (3) of the forty-eight (48) semester hours needed for the thesis track are obtained by finishing a thesis. Should students who considering the thesis track should get in touch with the department’s graduate programme director to go over the benefits of pursuing this option.
Select a Program Track
The Graduate (Standard Track) and the Prerequisites & Graduate Program are the two tracks available for this programme (Leveling Track).
● Graduate programme (standard track): Hold a CSD bachelor’s degree or have finished post-baccalaureate study in the field of speech within the last five years.
● Prerequisites for the graduate programme (levelling track): Include having a bachelor in a different subject and not having finished any basic courses in speech, language, and hearing. Prior to enrolling in graduate-level education, these applicants must finish levelling courses. Courses for levelling are offered through the Baylor program.
- Admission to the speech-language pathology programme requires a bachelor’s degree from an institution with regional accreditation. You might have to take levelling courses before starting the graduate-level courses if you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).
- Pre-requisites for basic sciences
Before starting their graduate studies, all students—including those with undergraduate CSD degrees—must have fulfilled all basic scientific requirements. You need to have completed all courses with a minimum of three credits and a passing grade (D or Better).
These prerequisites consist of:
● One biological science course
● One physical science course
● One stand-alone statistics course
● One behavioral or social science course
- CSD Leveling Courses
You must finish undergraduate-level CSD courses before starting graduate-level study at Baylor. Within the previous five years, these courses had to be taken at an approved institution or university. You need to have completed all courses with a minimum of three credits and a passing grade (D or better).
Before enrolling in Speech@Baylor, you may be required to complete the following six levelling courses (18 credits), if your bachelor’s degree is not in the field of CSD:
● Survey of Speech Pathology and Audiology (3 credits)
● Introduction to Phonological Science (3 credits)
● Language Development (3 credits)
● Structures and Functions in Communication and Swallowing (3 credits)
● Introduction to Clinical Audiology (3 credits)
● Clinical Methods (2 credits) with 25 clinical observation hours (1 credit)
Online levelling courses are offered by Baylor. To discuss your background and levelling course alternatives, speak with an admissions counsellor.
To apply to the program, you must submit the following:
● The online applicationExternal link:open_in_new
● A resume/CV
● Documented observation hours (if applicable)
● Letters of recommendation
● A personal statement
● TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international students)
● GRE not required