Communicative Sciences and Disorders - Graduate Program

The M.A. program 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. The program prepares students to meet the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology awarded through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. State licensure is awarded through the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Students are also eligible to meet the requirements for teaching certification and state licensure in most states. Small classes facilitate individual instruction and attention for all students. Opportunities to develop research skills are provided to students through the required completion of a pilot research project.

Application Instructions

Hampton University has a two-step application process.


  • Complete the CSDCAS application
  • Request that official transcripts from all US institutions attended be sent to CSDCAS
  • Upload a personal statement in the Documents section of CSDCAS
  • Request official GRE scores be sent to Hampton University using code 4889*
  • Request 2 letters of recommendation be sent through the CSDCAS recommender portal



  • Complete Hampton University supplemental application and pay supplemental fee $50.00
  • The Hampton Supplemental application can be found at Graduate College
  • International Applicants: Request that official evaluations of transcripts from all foreign institutions be sent to CSDCAS as follows:
    • Use the World Education Services (WES) link in the Academic History section of the application to order your official WES evaluation or
    • Use the “Download Evaluation Request Form” in the Academic History section of the application to request an evaluation from an evaluation service other than WES

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • GRE score of 150 verbal or higher and/or 4.0 or better on the analytical writing
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the field of Speech Language Pathology
  • Demonstration of leadership potential

Admissions Process

  • When The Graduate College has the complete application packet, it is forwarded to the Department for review
  • The Department reviews the packet to make a recommendation to the Graduate College about offering admission
  • The Graduate College makes the final decision regarding offering admission and informs the applicant of its decision

For additional information, contact The Graduate College at 757-727-5454.


Communicative Sciences and Disorders

FIRST SEMESTER – FallCredit Hours
CDS 600-Scientific Principals of Acoustic and Physiological Phonetics3
CDS 500-Introduction to Professional and Technical Communication3
CDS 621- Language Disorders in Children3
Total Credit Hours9
SECOND SEMESTER – SpringCredit Hours
CDS 501- Research Design in Speech & Hearing Sciences3
CDS 612-Articulation and Phonological Disorders3
CDS 507-Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders3
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum- Module 13
Total Credit Hours12
THIRD SEMESTER- Summer SessionCredit Hours
CDS 622- Family Intervention Strategies in CSAD3
CDS 625- Motor Speech Disorders3
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum- Clinic Only1
Total Credit Hours7
CDS 603- Neurolinguistic Disorders in Adults3
CDS 628- Diagnosis and Management of Swallowing Disorders in Neurologically Impaired Adults3
CDS 618-Advanced Clinical Practicum (Module 2)1
CDS 699- Independent Research 11
CDS Elective2
Total Credit Hours10
FIFTH SEMESTER- SpringCredit Hours
CDS 618- Advanced Clinical Practicum (Module 3)1
CDS 606-Voice Disorders3
CDS 700-Independent Research II2
CDS Elective2
CDS Elective2
CDS 702-Master’s Comprehensive Examination1
Total Credit Hours11
Total Credit Hours Required49
SIXTH SEMESTER-**Summer- For Grant Scholars Only**Credit Hours
CDS 633- Language and Literacy2

The curriculum plan includes 43 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives. This plan is for full time students with a background in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Students needing to attend part time or needing to take pre-requisite courses will require additional semesters to complete the program.

Elective Courses

CDS 611 Contemporary Topics in Speech-Language Pathology
CDS 630 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CDS 632 Craniofacial and Other Organic Disorders
CDS 633 Language and Literacy Disorders
CDS 634 Dialogues on Diversity
CDS 635 Clinical Practice in a Medical Setting

Prerequisite Courses

Students without an undergraduate degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders will be required to take all pre-requisite courses. Students admitted to the program with an undergraduate background in the field will be required to repeat any of the pre-requisite courses in which they earned a grade of “B-” or less. The prerequisite courses include:

CDS 224 Phonetics (3)
CDS 227 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (3)
CDS 228 Articulation Development and Disorders (3)
CDS 300 Language Development (3)
CDS 310 Clinical Observation (1)
CDS 331 Introduction to Audiology (3)
CDS 529 Aural Rehabilitation (3)
CDS 431 Neuroscience for Students in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (3)
CDS 438 Introduction to Speech Science (3)
In addition to the Communicative Sciences and Disorders courses, students must have completed 18 general education courses with a grade of “C” or better. These include:

  • A course in a biological science (3 credits)
  • A course in a physical science (3 credits)
  • A course in statistics (3 credits)
  • Two courses in a social science (6 credits)