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. In addition, the department offers students who wish to complete the requirements for national certification as an audiologist (CCC-A) the option of completing the necessary coursework and clinical practicum experience during their Ph.D. program (i.e., a Ph.D. program with a clinical track option). This program uniquely prepares individuals as clinical audiologists as well as academicians. The doctoral (Ph.D.) educational program with a clinical track option at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is also accredited by the CAA (contact information for the CAA is provided above).