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. Both professional preparation programs are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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 latter program is also accredited by the CAA.