There are a set of prerequisite courses required before beginning the MA curriculum. These prerequisites are often fulfilled with completion of a BA/BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology.

However, students do NOT need to have a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology to be admitted into the MA program. Instead, these accepted students will complete the prerequisites at UB, typically extending their program by 1 year (2 academic semesters). Continued advancement in the MA program is dependent upon satisfactory academic performance (e.g., GPA of 3.0 or better) in the prerequisite courses. 

Prerequisite courses for the MA-SLP program:

  • CDS 286 Phonetics (3)
  • CDS 301 Child Language Development (3)                
  • CDS 387 Psychoacoustic Science (3)                          
  • CDS 388 Anatomy& Physiology/Speech (3)               
  • CDS 522 Diagnostics (3) 
  • CDS 529 Aural Rehabilitation (3) **
  • CDS 389 General and Speech Acoustics (3)
  • CDS 390 Introduction to Audiology (3)
  • CDS 544 Phonological Disorders (3)
  • CDS 480 Clinical Observation (25 hours) (1)
  • Physical Science, Biology, Math if needed or CDS Elective