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 Speech-Language Pathology 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 M.A. and the Au.D. educational programs 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. A dual Au.D./Ph.D. option is available for students interested in pursuing both clinical and research training in audiology. Individuals who are interested in this program are encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Poissant, Graduate Program Director, for information.