Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

Graduate Prerequisite Requirements

Baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. Liberal arts background with a 3 semester credit hour college level course in:  

·         a biological science

·         a physical science

·         mathematics

·         statistics

·         child growth and development from infancy

·         a behavioral social science

15 semester credit hours in the normal communication processes:


·         anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism

·         phonetics

·         normal speech and language development

·         speech science

·         linguistics – only if speech and hearing science was taken as one course

Entrance to the M.S. Program is in September of each year. The application deadline is February 1. At the time of application, the courses in anatomy, phonetics, and normal development must have been completed and a grade submitted. Pre-requisites may be taken at WSU in the evening as a non-matriculated student. Enrolling in the daytime prerequisite courses requires completion of an undergraduate non-degree application for admission into the Speech/Language prerequisite program.
Note that this department accepts the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for the application process. In addition, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for students whose native language is not English. Final candidates may be interviewed by the faculty/staff.

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