The MS in Communication Disorders Curriculum

The Speech@Emerson curriculum is the same curriculum used in our on-campus MS in Communication Disorders program, enabling you to develop the critical problem-solving skills you’ll need in your professional career as a speech-language pathologist.

The curriculum covers a wide range of speech-language pathology topics to prepare you to become a confident clinician. Throughout the program, you will work closely with clinical faculty to perform evaluations, and design and implement intervention programs.

You will take courses such as Autism: Social Communication Development and Disorder and Neurological Bases of Communication.

Foundational Coursework Overview

Depending on your academic background, you may need to take up to 18 credits of foundational coursework. Foundational courses are assigned during the admissions review process and determined based on your transcripts and Speech@Emerson foundational form. This evaluation is conducted only when your application is fully completed.

If you are required to take foundational courses, you must earn a grade of “B” or better in each assigned course to advance to the applied curriculum. You will need to retake these courses if you don’t earn at least a “B”.

If you have successfully completed the foundational courses within five years of your intended start date with a grade of “B” or better, you may be able to waive certain foundational coursework.

Applied Coursework Overview

To begin applied coursework, you must first complete foundational courses with a grade of “B” or better, if applicable. The applied curriculum consists of 54 credit hours, including 51 credits of academic and clinical courses and three 1-credit seminars taken during two immersions.  In addition, you must successfully complete a comprehensive exam.

Applied coursework must be passed with a grade of “B-” or better.

For a full list of foundational and applied coursework, view our Course Catalogue.

Provide Life-Changing Care to Your Clients

Develop the skills you need to help people live their fullest lives. Learn more about the online master’s in speech-language pathology program from Emerson.