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Communication Sciences & Disorders
If you are interested in the process of communication and swallowing, and
have a passion for understanding disorders of speech, language, hearing, or
swallowing, the field of speech-language pathology might be right for you.
The Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) M.S. program prepares
students for entry-level careers as speech-language pathologists.
Master of Science
If you meet the following requirements, consider applying:
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
• Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0
• GRE scores (no more than five years old; GRE verbal reasoning must be 50th
percentile or above)
• Interested in working with people who have communication and swallowing
disorders in schools, medical settings, private practice or other contexts
• Able to enroll as a full-time student
Is this graduate program right for me?
CSD bachelor’s degree:
• Approximately 6 semesters or 2 years
No CSD bachelor’s degree:
• Approximately 9 semesters or 3 years
How long does it take to complete the program?
• Most courses are held on campus. Class times vary.
• Some courses are offered online or in a hybrid format (i.e., online and in-person)
Are classes offered on campus, online or both?
The following options are available to enrolled students in good standing:
• Partial scholarships are offered to help defray the cost of graduate school
• Graduate research assistantships
• Financial Aid
Visit Student Financial Services at sfs.gsu.edu for more information.
Is funding available?
In addition to the potential for career and salary advancement opportunities, graduates
who successfully complete this program are employed in a variety of settings, including:
• Public schools
• Private schools
• Private practices
• Skilled nursing facilities
What career opportunities will I have after graduating?
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
ISTHE MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY FOR
A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
JOB OUTLOOK EXPECTEDTO GROW
☐ Fall December 1
☐ Spring Does not admit
☐ Summer Does not admit
☐ GSU online application ($50)
☐ GRE scores
☐ Resume, goals statement and
recommendation letters (2)
☐ Transcripts from all schools attended
☐ TOEFL scores (international applicants)
Julie A.Washington, Ph.D.
Department Recruitment Team
☐ CSDCAS online application ($125
☐ GACE Program Assessent (or proof
of exemption; required if you do not currently meet
certification requirements in Georgia)
Speech-Language Pathologist Passionate
About Treating Kids with Brain Trauma
“Working at CHOA is great, it’s my dream job! I’m working with children with brain
injuries, so I work with kids before they go back to school or home.”
M.Ed. ‘13, Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
B.S. ‘11, Communication Sciences and Disorders,
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,AL
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
Family experiences fueled my interest in field
Atlanta is an amazing place to be a graduate student
Achieving dream job has been extremely rewarding
After completing my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders,
I immediately enrolled in Georgia State University’s CSD master’s program. My
motivation to pursue a career in this field was fueled by an interest in special education.
Some of my family members have children with special needs and they’d gone through
speech and occupational therapy. Based on these experiences, I became interested in
speech and how much communication means to all of us,so I decided to go into a field
that helped kids and adults with a variety of communication disorders.
With Georgia State being located in downtown Atlanta, it offered me numerous
practicum experiences in healthcare systems, private practices and outpatient
facilities. Towards the end of my last year while interning at a school, I met the head
speech therapist of Fulton County and she offered me a job as a clinical fellow at an
elementary school. I had to be supervised for 10-15 hours per month, but I was able
to perform all the duties of a speech-language pathologist.
Once my clinical fellowship ended after two years, I realized I didn’t want to continue
my career in schools because I wanted to have more experience with newly diagnosed
children.Since I began working for CHOA,every child I’ve had an experience with has
been rewarding.All the kids come to us with low level functioning, so being able to
train them to learn how to swallow and communicate with their families and peers is
amazing and well worth the degree!
Kristen Ethridge, M.Ed. ‘13
ACCORDINGTO U.S. NEWS &
WORLD REPORT’S BEST JOBS IN
HEALTHCARE IN 2016
TOP PAY WITH MASTER’S DEGREE
JOBS AVAILABLE IN GEORGIA