The Department of Communication Disorders offers both professional and research degree programs at the graduate level. The professional degree programs offered by the department include a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Communication Disorders (speech-language pathology concentration) and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. These programs are designed to prepare speech-language pathologists and audiologists to work with individuals across the age span with communication differences and/or disorders. The master’s (M.A.) educational program in Communication Disorders (with a speech-language pathology concentration) and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) educational program in audiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
In addition to the professional degree programs, the department also offers a research degree (Ph.D.) in Communication Disorders. Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program elect to concentrate their studies in either speech-language pathology or audiology. Students who wish to pursue both the Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees are encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Poissant, Graduate Program Director, for information regarding options and procedures for completing both degrees.