Master of Arts

We offer a two-year post-baccalaureate program combining comprehensive academic coursework and stimulating clinical practicum. Students entering with undergraduate degrees in speech and hearing sciences typically complete the master’s degree in four semesters and one summer semester.  

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A full curriculum of courses is available to prepare students for challenging and interesting careers in health care (both acute and rehabilitation settings), community agency and school settings. Our program houses a state-of-the-art University clinic staffed by clinic faculty with diverse expertise working with children and adults in the areas of early intervention, articulation, language, aural rehabilitation, central auditory processing, pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, voice disorders, and adult neurogenic disorders.

Externship placements are typically provided in the Spring or Fall semester of a student's second year in the master’s program dependent on competency level, clinic hours accrued, and availability of placements. Externships are provided when a student's course load allows for daytime scheduling of externships and when the student has no more than 2 courses during that semester. Students will likely participate in two externship placements. Externship requirements may vary between students dependent on clinic hours accrued, clinic practicum evaluations, and development of clinical skills and required ASHA competencies. The externship experience is a five day a week, full time commitment for sixteen weeks; each placement for eight weeks. Our department has a variety of interesting externship placements in hospitals, schools, agency and private practice settings. Our students receive an enriched clinic experience under the supervision of ASHA certified professionals in our community. Availability of experiences varies between semesters.

Research apprenticeship opportunities are available whereby interested students can work with department faculty in a variety of basic and applied areas such as augmentative communication, acoustics, speech perception, voice production, motor speech disorders, child language and adult language. Completion of the master’s degree requires a passing score on the PRAXIS examination (required for certification from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association). In addition, students can elect to complete the thesis option by carrying out an independent research project under the guidance of one of the academic faculty.

The Master of Arts program in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  

MA Curriculum Plan

A general course of study for the entire MA program. It is intended as a guide to help student in planning their course of study each semester.