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 as its faculty and students seek new and more effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat communication disorders.

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

As one of the first programs in the world in the field of speech pathology and audiology, the UI Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department has a long history of shaping the profession. Additional information about its roots are available in the About Us section. As part of a Research I institution, the department continues in its mission to be the premier institution for training, research, clinical service, and engagement in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Download a copy of our graduate programs brochure.

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 subspecialties of speech-language pathology and audiology; there are also opportunities for external rotations to ensure all students receive a well-rounded clinical experience
  • Opportunities exist to participate in specialized academic and clinical opportunities, such as the ILEND (Iowa 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; this is bolstered by close collaborations with faculty from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the School of Music, and the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Engineering, 
  • Graduates of Iowa's programs go on to prestigious leadership roles in national organizations and as editors of major scientific journals

Graduates of the clinical MA and AuD programs will have met the academic and practicum requirements necessary to obtain clinical certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Use the link in the navigation menu to access more details about each program, as well as the UI CSD Graduate Student Handbook.