BA-MS Program

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences offers the stand-alone BA program, which is available to all current students. The BA/MS program is only available to students who were enrolled in William Paterson University prior to Fall 2016. The BA/MS program is a joint bachelor’s/master’s program which requires students to formally apply to the program in their sophomore year. 


Transfer Students

Students applying as transfers must have a GPA of at least 3.5 to declare the major and must then complete at least one semester at the University as well as 4 courses within the major in order to be considered for admission to the BA/MS program. Students should contact the undergraduate advisor for an application.

BA/MS formal admission requirements

An overall GPA of 3.5, a GPA of 3.3 in major coursework, and positive recommendations of CODS faculty are the minimum requirements for formal admission to the BA/MS program. Meeting these requirements does not, however, guarantee admission to the program. Grades in corequisites are also taken into account in the admissions process.

Applications for admission to the program are considered only once a year. The deadline for applying to the BA/MS program is December 1st.  Applications should be submitted to the department secretary, Madeline Garcia.   Students may apply to the BA/MS Program only once. Students who are not admitted must change their major.  Students who are not admitted to the BA/MS program but are interested in completing a BA in Communication Disorders and Sciences must change their major to BA in CODS.  Students can also change their major to something outside of CODS and complete the minor in Communication Disorders. 


Freshmen and students who have less than 30 credits

Stephanie Kuran (973-720-3913) at the Advisement Center provides advisement to freshmen who declare Communication Disorders and Sciences as their major.

Students in the Honors College

Students in the Honors College are advised by the Honors College in their freshman year.

Departmental Advisement (students with more than 30 credits)

Students who have earned more than 30 credits are assigned a faculty advisor from the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. The advisor serves as faculty representative to the student, primarily to assist in academic planning. Students must meet with their advisors at least once during each academic semester. During these meetings, the advisor and student will create a plan of study that will meet both the University's Core Curriculum requirements and the department's specific requirements. Advisors will also talk with their student advisees about their general progress in keeping their Grade Point Averages (GPAs) in line with expectations for the university and graduate school admission.