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Communicative Disorders and Sciences

University at Buffalo

24 months
46200 USD/year
46200 USD/year
22620 USD/year
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The Communicative Disorders and Sciences program of the University at Buffalo is 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.


The Communicative Disorders and Sciences program

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. The Communicative Disorders and Sciences program of the University at Buffalo 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Diagnostics 
  • Evaluating Clinical Change
  • Clinical Processes
  • Language Disorders / Adults
  • Neural Bases of Communication
  • Language Disorders in School Age Child

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 SCH


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Many applicants to the Master’s program hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology
  • However, individuals without undergraduate training in speech-language pathology or communicative disorders also are eligible to apply to the Master’s program
  • Overall grade point average
  • Grade point average in the major
  • Combined verbal, quantitative, and writing GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    46200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23100 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    22620 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11310 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Buffalo

920 - 1560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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