The Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Note: The MA pattern is used to complete requirements for the Clinical Rehabilitative Language, Speech, and Hearing Services Credential. Refer to the Web site for information on current examination requirements.

Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 52-60 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer and/or CSU Chico Open University course work may be applied toward the degree.

Graduate Time Limit:

All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See "Graduate Education" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in the University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Studies.

3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.

4. Three letters of recommendation (submitted to the Graduate Coordinator) for any applicant whose baccalaureate was not completed under the CSU, Chico Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

Completion of the Graduate Record Examination and a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. Normally the committee will be formed during the student's first semester and will consist of at least three members; the chair of the committee must be a member of the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty.

2. Development of an approved program in consultation with the graduate advisory committee.

3. Classified graduate standing and completion of two semesters of the proposed program at the University with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Requirements for the MA Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Completion of all requirements as established by the program, graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Office of Graduate Studies, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 52-60 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:

(a) 52-60 units in the discipline of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

(b) At least three-quarters of the units required for the degree in 600-level courses.

(c) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).

(d) Not more than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.

(e) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (697) and Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P); not more than 6 units of Master's Thesis (699T) or Master's Project (699P).

(f) Completion of 375 practicum hours in accordance with ASHA requirements.

(g) Course work must be selected each semester according to the following sequence of offerings:

First Fall Semester Courses

CMSD 620 Neuroanatomy of Speech, Swallowing, and Language 3.0 FA
CMSD 631 Disorders of Fluency 3.0 FA
CMSD 632 Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.0 FS
CMSD 640 Assessment and Management of Auditory Disorders 3.0 FA
CMSD 680 Practicum in Audiology 1.0 FS
CMSD 684 Clinical Practicum 2.0 FS

First Spring Semester

CMSD 632 Seminar in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.0 FS
CMSD 635 Voice and Resonance Disorders 3.0 SP
CMSD 636 Neuropathologies of Language and Cognition 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CMSD 620.
CMSD 642 Neuropathologies of Swallowing and Speech 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CMSD 620.
CMSD 680 Practicum in Audiology 1.0 FS
CMSD 682 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology Diagnosis 1.0 FS
CMSD 684 Clinical Practicum 2.0 FS

Second Fall Semester

CMSD 630 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology 3.0 FA
CMSD 652 Seminar in Language Disorders 3.0 FA
CMSD 675 Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 1.0 FS
CMSD 681 Diagnostic Seminar 2.0 FS
Corequisites: CMSD 682
CMSD 682 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology Diagnosis 1.0 FS
CMSD 689 Clinical Internship in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.0 -8.0 FS
CMSD 699P Master's Project 1.0 -6.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

CMSD 699T Master's Thesis 1.0 -6.0 FS

Second Spring Semester

CMSD 633 Professional Aspects of Communication Sciences and Disorders 3.0 SP
CMSD 645 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3.0 SP
CMSD 675 Methods in Speech-Language Pathology 1.0 FS
CMSD 681 Diagnostic Seminar 2.0 FS
Corequisites: CMSD 682
CMSD 682 Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology Diagnosis 1.0 FS
CMSD 689 Clinical Internship in Communication Sciences and Disorders 2.0 -8.0 FS
CMSD 696 Comprehensive Examinations 1.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

CMSD 699P Master's Project 1.0 -6.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

CMSD 699T Master's Thesis 1.0 -6.0 FS

Professional liability insurance is required for participation in clinical practice. Hepatitis B inoculations and tuberculosis tests are required prior to working in off-campus settings. CPR certification is required prior to internships.

2. Completion of one of the following plans:

(a) Thesis Plan: This plan requires a thesis (including appropriate enrollment in CMSD 699T) plus at least 30 units of letter-graded graduate-level course work (375+ clinical practice hours). A public presentation of the thesis will be conducted. Students who are planning to continue their educations to the doctoral level or who are interested in a career in speech and hearing sciences or research are encouraged to choose the thesis plan.

(b) Comprehensive Plan: This plan requires at least 35 units of letter-graded graduate-level course work, and from 12-20 units of CR/NC practicum course work (375+ clinical practice hours) and enrollment in CMSD 696 during the last semester of graduate study. CMSD 696 includes a proctored 6-hour written comprehensive examination over 2 days. An oral examination will follow if the written examination does not meet faculty expectations.

3. Development and maintenance of a portfolio to demonstrate the following:

(a) competence in research, writing, and oral skills,

(b) clinical competence in speech-language pathology and in audiology screening, including completion of a minimum of 375 clock hours that require enrollment in 12-20 CR/NC units.

4. Participation in annual Performance Reviews.

5. Deviation from the curriculum outlined above will only be considered upon advice and consent of the student's graduate advisory committee and the Graduate Coordinator.

6. Substitutions may be selected from outside the program by the student with the advice and consent of his/her graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinator.

7. Approval by the graduate advisory committee, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the University.

8. In most cases, the MA pattern is used to complete requirements for the Clinical Rehabilitative Language, Speech, and Hearing Services Credential. CBEST must be passed prior to completion of the master's degree.

Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Communication Sciences and Disorders students will demonstrate their writing competence through successful completion of CMSD 682, Diagnostic Practicum.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 697, 696, 699P, 699T and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the University that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory each semester for Communication Sciences and Disorders majors. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.

Note: All CMSD graduate courses require admission to the CMSD Master's program.