The Department of Communication Disorders offers both undergraduate and advanced graduate degree programs designed to develop a student’s knowledge of the normative processes underlying speech, language, and hearing abilities, as well as the effects of disorders and/or differences in any of these areas on communication function.

Undergraduate Admissions

Admissions to the undergraduate degree program are administered through the University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students may enter the Department as freshmen or as transfer students. Please refer to their website for requirements and application deadlines.

Graduate Admissions

Please review below for more information on our graduate program requirements, mean GPA and GRE scores for students admitted into our graduate programs, and for application deadlines. The graduate application for all graduate programs is accessible online at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School website.

Graduate Program Requirements

Students seeking admission to any graduate degree program must submit a completed Graduate School application form, official transcripts from all postsecondary programs attended, official transcripts of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and two letters of recommendation. In addition, foreign students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have achieved a score of 250 or higher.

It is expected that students applying to the M.A. Program in Communication Disorders with a concentration in speech-language pathology will have had an undergraduate background in communication disorders and sciences or will have completed, or be concurrently enrolled, in the prerequisite course work required for admission to the master's program. Students applying for the Ph.D. program with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology should have a master's degree in communication disorders or sciences or its equivalent and hold, or be eligible for, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Students applying for the Au.D program, the Ph.D. program with a concentration in Audiology, or the Ph.D. program with the clinical certification in audiology option should have an undergraduate background in communication sciences or disorders. Students without the prerequisite course work listed for the both Au.D. degree program and Ph.D. degree program with the clinical certification option are strongly encouraged to complete this course work before applying for admission to these programs.

Mean GPA and GRE Scores for Students Admitted for Fall 2015:

Data for individuals admitted to the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology:
G.P.A.: 3.85; Verbal GRE: 154; Quantitative GRE: 151. 

Data for individuals admitted to the Au.D. program:
G.P.A.: 3.78; Verbal GRE: 153; Quantitative GRE: 151.

Graduate Program Application Deadlines 

Application deadlines for the Ph.D. program is February 1 for fall admissions and October 1 for spring admissions. As the sequencing of course work and clinical practica for the clinical degree programs (master's program with a concentration speech-language pathology, Au.D, and the Ph.D. with the clinical certification option) is quite rigid in order to meet the Council of Academic Accreditation's standards, admission to these programs is usually limited to the fall admissions period. Therefore, students interested in applying to these programs should submit their applications for fall admissions (i.e., February 1 deadline). Students will not be admitted to the program for the spring semester unless they have completed graduate level coursework commensurate with the course work that would have been completed by a student who had been admitted for the previous fall admission period.