Frequently Asked Questions

    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BA/MS PROGRAM:

    1. Do I need to apply to the BA/MS Program in Communication Disorders and Sciences? Yes. You can declare the BA/MS Program as your major and start taking courses in the department. However, you will be required to formally apply after taking 4 courses offered by the department.
    1. How do I apply after I've taken 4 courses offered by the department? You will need to contact the secretary of the department. The secretary will give you an application packet that will need to be completed and returned. Then, the secretary will forward your application to the undergraduate admissions committee for a formal decision.
    2. What are the requirements for admission into the BA/MS Program? The process is a very competitive one. Due to the competitive nature and the limited number of slots available, many students will not meet the admission requirements. An overall and major GPA of 3.5 is required to be considered for admission. In addition, positive letters of recommendation from department faculty are required.
    3. What happens if I am rejected from the BA/MS Program? You will be required to change your major. However, you may elect to minor in Communication Disorders and Sciences. The minor will fulfill the prerequisite coursework for most graduate programs in this field. In some cases, changing your major may delay your graduation. This is especially true for transfer students.
    4. Can transfer students start taking courses in the BA/MS Program? Yes, but they still need to go through the admission process and meet the requirements (see above). Admission is not guaranteed, and graduation may be delayed if students are not accepted into the program.
    5. Who advises me when I am in the BA/MS Program? An undergraduate advisor will determine your curriculum plan. Students should meet with her prior to registering for coursework.
    6. Who can respond to general questions about the BA/MS Program? The department secretary can answer many of your questions. You can call her at 973-720-2208.
    7. Can I get a tour of the department? Yes. You should call the secretary and she will arrange a tour with one of the graduate student assistants.

    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GRADUATE PROGRAM:

    1. What are the requirements for entry into the graduate program? The process is a competitive one. In 2012, the department received over 400 applications. The majority of applicants who were accepted into the program had overall GPAs above 3.5, and verbal GRE scores above the 50th percentile. In addition to these factors, the admissions committee examines letters of recommendations. Ideally, these recommendations should be written by faculty members that specialize in communication disorders. 
    2. How long will it take to complete the graduate program? If you attend full time, it will take between 2 to 2 ½ years with an undergraduate degree in communication disorders and 3 to 3 ½ years without one.
    3. Can I  attend the graduate program part-time? No. Full-time attendance is required. In the event that a student is required to work and attend the graduate program, he or she should be aware that they have to make themselves available for whenever courses and and practica are scheduled. In general, these are scheduled during the day.
    4. If I don’t have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, can I still be accepted into the graduate program?  We accept students without a background as well as those with a background. Students who do not have a background take the prerequisite courses during their first year. On average, this will extend their studies by one year.
    5. If I have a master’s degree do I need to submit test scores? Yes, GRE scores are required for all applicants.
    6. Can I take the prerequisite courses as a nonmatriculated student? No. All students must be matriculated in order to take courses in the program 
    7. When are courses offered? Courses are offered during day and evening hours.
    8. Who advises me when I am in the graduate program? Every student will be assigned a graduate advisor when they enter the program. Students should meet with the advisor prior to registering for coursework.
    9. Who can respond to general questions about the graduate program? The department secretary can answer many of your questions. You can call her at 973-720-2208.
    10. Can I get a tour of the department? Yes. You should call the secretary and she will arrange a tour with one of the graduate student assistants.

    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLINIC:

    1. Who can respond to general questions about the clinic? The clinic secretary can answer many of your questions. You can call her at 973-720-2207.
    2. Can I get a tour of the department? Yes. You should call the secretary and she will arrange a tour with one of the graduate student assistants.