Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Degree: Master of Science; Doctor of Philosophy
|Larry Small , Interim Chair|
Jeff Searl, Graduate Coordinator
Room: 200 Health Center
The Department of Communication Disorders offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Specialization in speech-language pathology is available under the M.S. program. The M.S. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and meets the academic requirements of the Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence as well as the requirements of licensure from the State of Ohio.
Prerequisites to Graduate Work
Admission to the M.S. program usually requires 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of undergraduate work in communication disorders. Applicants may be permitted to substitute certain undergraduate credits in biology, English, and psychology for communication disorders credits. Applicants with undergraduate majors in fields other than communication disorders will be considered for admission on an individual basis. The graduate coordinator will review the records of all incoming graduate students in accordance with their declared interests and, if necessary, students may be required to take undergraduate course work prior to consideration for admission.
Applicants who have a master's degree in communication disorders from an accredited institution may be admitted to advanced graduate study beyond the master's level if, in the judgment of the department, the record indicates potential for successful advanced work.
Applicants seeking admission to the graduate programs in communication disorders should follow the instructions outlined in the "Graduate Admission" section of this catalog.
Master of Science
Students may pursue the M.S. degree under one of two plans.
Plan I: Candidates must complete a minimum of 43 semester hours of graduate course work, which must include a basic course in statistics and at least three hours of thesis research. Prior to pursuing a thesis topic, a CDIS student must attain a 3.0 GPA in communication disorders courses, as well as demonstrate adequate clinical performance.
Plan II: Candidates must complete a minimum of 43 semester hours of graduate course work. Students cannot change from Plan I to Plan II after they have received official approval of a thesis topic.
In both Plan I and Plan II, details of expected course sequences in CDIS may be obtained from the CDIS graduate coordinator and are found in the department's Master's Degree Handbook.
Doctor of Philosophy
The doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree, including dissertation credit; successful completion of a written and oral preliminary examination related to the student's program of study; and completion of the appropriate language option. Students must write a dissertation which is an appropriate culmination of their program of study and pass a final oral examination over the dissertation. Details of expected course sequences and dissertation directions may be obtained from the CDIS graduate coordinator.
Please access graduate courses online at http://webapps.bgsu.edu/courses/search.php. Graduate courses offered by the Department of Communication Disorders use the prefix: CDIS.