Communication Disorders - Master of Arts

Students entering the graduate program with an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders can expect to complete the program in two years and be awarded a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders with a specialization in Speech-Language Pathology. The graduate program for students without a Communication Disorders background is generally one year longer because one year of leveling is required. Enrollment in graduate courses in Communication Disorders is limited to students who have been accepted into the graduate program in Communication Disorders. To complete this course of study, each student is expected to meet the program’s academic and clinical competency criteria which are aligned with the requirements of state and national certifying bodies for licensure and clinical certification. Details regarding certification are available from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department.

The Master’s degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at New Mexico State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Admission requirements and procedures can be found on the program website.

Program Requirements

The traditional Master's degree plan requires a minimum of 54 graduate credit hours and the completion of at least 400 clinical hours.

Prefix Title Credits
C D 505Research Methods3
C D 523Assessment of Communication Disorders3
C D 525Pediatric Language and Disorders3
C D 542Articulation and Phonological Disorders3
C D 590Clinical Education2
C D 589Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology13
C D 535Aphasia & Cognitive Linguistic Disorders3
C D 586Voice Disorders/Head and Neck Anomalies3
C D 584Fluency Disorders3
C D 583Dysphagia3
C D 585Motor Speech Disorders3
C D 521Professional Issues and Multicultural Practices in Communication Disorders3
C D 640Externship in Communication Disorders6
Elective Course
C D 547Cognitive-Linguistic Communication Disorders3
or C D 545 Introduction to Augmentative and Alternatice Communication
or C D 591 Special Topics
Total Credits54

Bilingual Program

In  addition to the traditional program of study, students with proficiency in English and Spanish may pursue the bilingual program in Speech-Language Pathology, which requires the following additional coursework:

Prefix Title Credits
C D 541Advanced Spanish Morpho-Syntax for Education Professionals3
C D 548Best Practices in Bilingual/Multicultural Assessment for Practitioners3
Course offered through UNM online (SHS 359)3

Leveling Program

The graduate courses to be taken during the leveling year for students without a Communication Disorders undergraduate degree are as follows:

Prefix Title Credits
C D 504Speech and Language Disorders3
C D 507Audiology3
C D 501Phonetics3
C D 502Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms3
C D 506Clinical Methods and Procedures3
C D 510Neural Bases of Communication Disorders3
C D 508Aural Rehabilitation3
C D 503Speech Science3
C D 509Language Acquisition3
Total Credits27