2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Communication Sciences and Disorders MA, Accelerated BA/BS to MA Track

College: Health Professions and Sciences Degree: MA
Department: School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites:https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/masters/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an Accelerated BA/BS to MA Track for highly qualified UCF undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders that enables them to complete a master’s degree in one less semester than students in the Traditional Track.

The program is intended for those interested in working with children and adults who have communication disorders. Once students complete the BA/BS, they must apply and be admitted to the master’s degree program and follow a prescribed sequence of academic and clinical courses. 

The Communication Sciences and Disorders program strives to educate students to become successful practitioners in the field of speech-language pathology. To that end, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics is re-enforced throughout the academic curriculum. Students who violate the ASHA Code of Ethics may be subject to academic sanctions or dismissed from the program.

For information on how this program may prepare students for professional licensure, please visit https://healthprofessions.ucf.edu/csd/masters/.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CHPS-Communication-Sciences-Disorders-MA-June2020.pdf.


The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an Accelerated BA/BS to MA program for highly qualified undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders. Undergraduate students enroll in 16 credit hours of graduate-level courses while completing the bachelor’s degree. This enables students to achieve a master’s degree in the UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in one less semester.

Total Credit Hours Required: 72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Up to 16 credit hours of approved 6000-level courses, with grades of “B” (3.0) or better, may be counted toward the BA/BS and MA degrees. Additional requirements include:

  • Adopting the most current catalog for students changing degree programs.
  • Earning at least a “B” (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate course to be counted toward the major.
  • Being assessed tuition and fees at the graduate rate for graduate courses.

Undergraduate Requirements

The Shared Courses below replace:

  • SPA 4400 Language Disorders Across the Life Span
  • SPA 4476 Speech Disorders Across the Life Span
  • SPA 4478 Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders and Differences
  • SPA 4803 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPA 4870 Capstone Course
  • one restricted elective in the undergraduate curriculum

Clinical Practice: 25 Credit Hours

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. It provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the evaluation and management of individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders. Students complete three clinical practica at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and other affiliated facilities, as well as externships in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community clinics, and private practices. Through these practica and externships, students obtain a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinical practica and externships vary in length and do not always coincide with the academic calendar.

Thesis Option: 9 Credit Hours

Students who elect this option complete a thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders for 6 credit hours and select one elective in consultation with a faculty adviser. 

Thesis hours cannot be counted toward graduation requirements if students fail to complete or successfully defend their thesis. For additional information, thesis students and their advisory committees should refer to the thesis requirements in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

  • SPA 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option: 9 Credit Hours

Students who elect this option must select three electives in consultation with a faculty adviser.

  • Electives 9 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination

Passing a School Comprehensive Examination is a requirement for completion of the master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester they are enrolled.

Additional Program Cost

The program requires students to pay additional fees for the required background checks, clinic uniform, and registration for the academic/clinical competencies tracking system.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated B.A./B.S. to M.A. track in Communication Sciences and Disorders allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the Accelerated Track either in the last semester of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year.

Applicants must submit a hard copy (paper) application for the bachelor’s program directly to the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Please contact the school for the appropriate application form. An electronic application for admission to the graduate program must be submitted during the senior year of the bachelor’s program.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • 3.7 GPA or higher in communication sciences and disorders course work earned at the University of Central Florida.
  • Official, highly competitive GRE score obtained within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty in the school.
  • Résumé.
  • A letter of intent describing educational background, professional experiences, future goals, and how you will embody and uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in your professional career.

A formal admission decision for the master’s program will be made following receipt of the bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of the bachelor’s degree does not guarantee admission to the master’s program. The Communication Sciences and Disorders program reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss a student after admission to the program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student fails to demonstrate and/or uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in coursework or practice in the field. A background check is required for all new students during their first semester in the master’s program.

Application Deadlines

The Traditional Track admits students three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer. The Consortium Track admits students once per year in the summer.

Accelerated BA/BS to MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Feb 1 Oct 1 Jan 15
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Full-time students are eligible for a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and for positions providing faculty assistance. In addition, there may be opportunities for funding through faculty grants or special incentivies. For additional information, consult the school website.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Jacqueline Towson
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 407-823-4798
HPA2 101

Graduate Admissions

Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241