Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences


The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences offers both baccalaureate and master's degree programs. In addition, the Department's Speech and Hearing Center (located in University Hall on the William Paterson University campus) provides speech-language pathology services to children and adults. The Center is also a primary practicum site for graduate students.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • Minor in Communication Disorders and Sciences
  • MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences
The BA degree in communication disorders and sciences provides students with the basic knowledge necessary to enter a master's program in communication disorders and sciences, a master's program in a related field (e.g., special education, audiology, etc.), or to pursue employment in a related discipline. The MS degree provides students with a comprehensive education that encompasses an evidence-based approach to the theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of the field of communication sciences and disorders and which also fosters research and scholarship in order to contribute to the knowledge of the profession. Students who successfully complete the MS degree will be eligible for New Jersey licensure to work as a speech-language pathologist.

Department Spotlight


For her Honors College thesis, Tonee Burley '16 surveyed students to see if Eurocentric beauty standards and colorism affected perceptions among certain demographics. Burley pursued her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication disorders and sciences and plans to go on for her PhD.