Undergraduate Prerequisites

The M.A. program typically requires two years of full-time study for those who have an undergraduate background in communication disorders and sciences. Students with undergraduate degrees in communication sciences and disorders who have not completed the prerequisite courses listed below will be required to make up any deficiencies from the department's undergraduate course offerings and, consequently, may take more than the average amount of time to complete their degrees. 

COMM-DIS 211: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 
COMM-DIS 310: Phonetic Processing 
COMM-DIS 311: Introduction to Hearing Science 
COMM-DIS 312: Introduction to Speech Science 
COMM-DIS 313: Introduction to Audiology 
COMM-DIS 315: Speech and Language Disorders 
COMM-DIS 401: Speech and Language Development 
COMM-DIS 416: Clinical Procedures 

Note: It is expected that students applying to the M.A. Program in Communication Disorders with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than communication disorders and sciences will have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, the prerequisite course work required for admission to the master's program. The department offers a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Clinical Program in Communication Disorders for students interested in taking the prerequisite courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For information about this program, please click here.

Basic Science Requirements

ASHA requires that students who desire clinical certification in Speech-Language Pathology complete at least one course in each of the following four basic science areas:

  • Biological Science (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, human genetics)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health)
  • Physical Science (physics or chemistry)
  • Statistics

Most individuals will complete these courses as part of an undergraduate degree program. Classes used to meet these requirements must be taken outside of a Communication Sciences and Disorders department.

Although we do not require to students to have completed this coursework as a prerequisite to entering the M.A. program, any deficiencies in basic science coursework must be made up before the degree is conferred.