Communication Disorders
MS
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Spring:February 1
Contact Information: 
136 TLRB
801-422-4318
comdsec@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

The discipline of speech-language pathology involves the study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech production mechanism, and the typical and atypical development of speech, articulation, voice, fluency, speech rate and rhythm, speech acoustics, speech perception, and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathology also includes the study of typical and atypical language development and language processing, the assessment of children’s language and related social and cognitive abilities, the treatment of language impairments, and the assessment and treatment of aphasia.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours 48: 37 hours of coursework, 5 hours of clinical practicum (ComD 688R), and 6 hours of thesis (ComD 699R)
  • Required courses: ComD 600, 610, 630, 633, 634, 636, 657, 658, 674, 675, 676, 679, 690R
  • Minor (in related field): optional and in addition to all required major classes.
  • Residence: see university residence requirements. Transfer of graduate courses taken elsewhere is not guaranteed and will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Thesis.
  • Examinations: (A) pass ASHA Praxis exam in speech-language pathology; (B) oral defense of thesis.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE

Additional Requirements

Personal qualifications will be considered

 

Program Outcomes: 


Articulation

Students will explain articulation (the ability to produce individual sounds and words) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Fluency

Students will explain fluency (the ability to communicate without stuttering or stammering) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Voice and Resonance

Students will explain voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation (the ability to produce normal sounding vocal tone) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Receptive and Expressive language

Students will explain receptive and expressive language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and manual modalities in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Hearing

ComD 601 has been moved to the undergraduate program as ComD 420.

Swallowing

Students will explain swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, and the underlying processes of chewing and swallowing) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Cognitive Aspects of Communication

Students will explain cognitive aspects of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem-solving, executive functioning) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Social Aspects of Communication

Students will explain social aspects of communication (including challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, lack of communication opportunities; the behaviors associated with communication including human relationships and interactions) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders

Communication Modalities

Students will explain communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative, and alternative communication techniques and assistive technologies) in terms of the current research-based theories of causation, evaluation, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

BYU Clinic Experience

Students will demonstrate ability to plan and implement an assessment and treatment of clients presenting with various communication disorders (as identified in ASHA's nine disorder areas) and with various severity levels while under the direction of a certified SLPin the on-campus clinic.

Students will demonstrate appropriate case management skills including appropriate social behavior, oral and written communication, prevention activities, and sensitivity to multicultural populations while working under the direction of a certified speech-language pathologist in the on-campus clinic.

External Clinic Experience

Students will demonstrate ability to plan and implement an assessment and treatment of clients presenting with various communication disorders (as identified in ASHA's nine disorder areas) and with various severity levels while under the direction of a certified SLP at an approved clinical rotation site such as a hospital, a public school, a skilled nursing care facility, or a private practice, etc.

Students will demonstrate appropriate case management skills including appropriate social behavior, oral and written communication, prevention activities, and sensitivity to multicultural populations while working under the direction of a certified SLP in a clinical rotation such as a hospital, public school placement, skilled nursing care facility, private practice, etc.

Students will demonstrate appropriate clinical writing skills as they learn the paperwork system specific to their clinical rotation site.

Masters Thesis

Students will develop a skill set that permits them to ask relevant questions within the field of communication disorders, search and evaluate pertinent literature and evidence, evaluate its efficacy, develop and test a hypothesis using current approaches and tools central to basic and applied research, and analyze and interpret the resulting data.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 37
International 3
Female 35
LDS 37
Minority 3
BYU Undergraduate 31
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.4
GRE Quantitative Score 152.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 49.7
GRE Verbal Score 157.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 71.7
GRE Analytical Score 4.3
GRE Analytical Percentile 67.2
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.2
Graduated Per Year 19.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 81.2
Admitted Per Year 27.0
Percent Admitted 33.25
Average GPA 3.86