Graduate Programs

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Welcome! The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa explores the science of human speech, hearing, and language and seeks new and more effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat related communication disorders.

As one of the first programs in the country, the UI Communication Sciences and Disorder (CSD) department has a long history of contributing to the profession.  In 1900, the first prototype audiometer was developed by Carl Seashore, director of the Iowa Psychological Laboratory.  In 1925, Lee Travis, the first PhD graduate of the speech pathology program held a meeting at his home in Iowa City which was the first gathering of the future American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) now located in Rockville, Maryland.  Wendell Johnson was program director from 1947 to 1955 and earned a national reputation for his research in stuttering.  The speech and hearing program was established as a department in 1956.  As part of a Research I institution, the department continues in its mission to be the premier institution for training, research, clinical service, and outreach in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Consistently ranked among the top programs by U.S. News and World Reports for over three decades, the Department offers the following degrees:

What makes the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa unique?

  • Academic faculty drive cutting-edge research in their fields of expertise.
  • Students seeking MA-SLP or AuD degrees rotate through clinical experiences supervised by clinical faculty with expertise in the subspecialties of speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • Both on-site and off-site rotations ensure all students receive a well-rounded clinical education.
  • Opportunities exist to participate in specialized academic and clinical opportunities, such as the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program and intensive summer programs.
  • Close collaborations between academic and clinical faculty provide a seamless, but practical transfer of knowledge between research and clinical care.
  • The doctoral program provides flexible yet comprehensive training for the scholar-researcher with the passion to better understand communication processes and its disorders.

Link to the UI CSD Graduate Student Handbook.