Communication Sciences & Disorders

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Scott R. Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor, Department Chair

Christie Turner
Department Secretary

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

Welcome to the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the LIU Brooklyn campus (hereafter referred to as "The Graduate Program"). The Department of CSD seeks to advance the study of human communication sciences and disorders within a culturally and linguistically diverse society. Intellectual growth is promoted through the recognition and expression of multiple theoretical, cultural, and individual perspectives. The department fosters respect for diversity and a commitment to serve individuals with communication problems.

The Master’s of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. 

A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year. CAA publishes notice of its accreditation actions, including the basis for the decisions, for all final accreditation decisions resulting from a comprehensive review (applications for candidacy, initial accreditation, or re-accreditation) or that affect an accreditation status (e.g., accredited to accredited-on probation). Recent decisions can be accessed online at

The program is registered by the New York State Department of Education. Graduates of the program receive a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology that satisfies the academic and professional requirements specified by ASHA for the CCC-SLP, and are eligible to apply for licensure in SLP by the New York State Department of Education's Office of the Professions. Students who wish to satisfy the New York State Education Office of Teaching requirements for Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) may also prepare for this certification as part of their graduate program. Students demonstrating proficiency (i.e., speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a language other than English may further prepare for a certificate in Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities with a Bilingual Extension. This program will prepare students to work with individuals who are bilingual or speak a language other than English. For details on admissions procedures and requirements for admission to both the monolingual and bilingual specializations, please see the categories in the left navigation panel.


Mission, Values, and Goals


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to advancing the study of human communication sciences and disorders within a culturally and linguistically diverse society.  Intellectual growth is promoted through the recognition and expression of multiple theoretical, cultural and individual perspectives.  The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders fosters respect for diversity and a commitment to serve individuals with communication problems. 

Core Values

Diversity: We value and develop strong foundations of ethics, integrity and respect for diversity.

Innovation: We value and cultivate creativity, independent thinking, and flexible problem solving, in clinical and research endeavors.

Advocacy: We value and cultivate advocates, who will support clients and their families with compassion.

Community Action: We value community involvement and outreach.

Strategic Goals

Goal 1. Re-organize and standardize CSD Department procedures to better serve the needs of our students.

  • Objective 1. Establish online application to our graduate program *
  • Objective 2. Reorganize advisement to facilitate registration and student progress through the program *
  • Objective 3. Integrate academic and clinic scheduling in order for courses to be planned flexibly around clinical practicum schedules.

Goal 2. Broaden student experiences to facilitate entry into a dynamic, team-oriented, multi-cultural profession

  • Objective 1. Identify opportunities for co-treatment among health profession departments
  • Objective 2. Identify spaces and patient care models that can facilitate co-treatment
  • Objective 3. Broaden community and professional outreach and advocacy
  • Objective 4. Explore and establish international clinical rotations *

Goal 3. Continuous improvement academic and clinical curriculum

  • Objective 1. Prepare students to meet the increasing demands of competitive and intensive medical and school externships
  • Objective  2. Ensure student ability to meet program and professional summative requirements
  • Objective 3. Explore possible use of distance technologies and frameworks
  • Objective 4.  Incorporate clinical certification opportunities into clinical training

Goal 4. Increase support for faculty research endeavors to meet increased demand for grant funding

  • Objective 1. Explore possibilities to expand or share research lab space
  • Objective 2. Identify internal and small external grant opportunities for junior faculty, and have all faculty take advantage of University support for conference travel to ensure academic and clinical continuing education. 

Goal 5. Ensure department sustainability

  • Objective 1. Obtain and staff a full time clinical coordinator position *
  • Objective 2. Obtain and staff a full time advisement and admissions director position. *
  • Objective 3. Ensure that LIU clinic space and supervision is adequate to support increasingly larger entering graduate student cohorts.
* These Objectives have been obtained.


The institutional policy for admission of students to graduate study is a bachelor's degree from an accredited university indicating an acceptable record, with additional requirements set by individual graduate programs. The faculty of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology has set the following specific admissions standards for entry into the program:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 in Communication Sciences and Disorders; or B.A. or B.S. degree in another field plus completion of pre-requisite coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology. The following courses (or their equivalents at other institutions) must be taken (19 credits if taken at LIU): 
    • SLP 104 Articulatory Phonetics
    • SLP 113 Anatomical and Physiological Bases for Speech & Language I
    • SLP 133 Speech Science I: Acoustic Phonetics
    • SLP 231 Language Acquisition Across Life Span I: Early Years
    • SLP 321 Audiology I-Hearing Science
    • SLP 410 or 411 Introduction to Communication Disorders Across the Life Span
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores are required.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be academic)
  • Completion of a personal interview Passing an oral and written language screening in English
  • Minimum grade of a B- in all pre-requisite courses and grade point average of 3.2
  • Post-baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of 4 (out of 6) pre-requisite courses before applying to the program
  • Course credits may be granted for designated courses completed within 5 years

Students preparing to obtain the Bilingual Extension to the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities Certification must also demonstrate written and oral language proficiency in a second language on the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) or other approved examinations.

International Students Admission

Applicants whose undergraduate, graduate or pre-requisite course work was completed in an institution where English was not the principle language of instruction must present scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


All applications must be submitted through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)

CSDCAS Applicant Portal Link 

The LIU Brooklyn Spring Deadline is November ​​​1. Applicants must have a complete application by the deadline date posted. A complete application requires that the application is e-submitted and all transcripts, and payments, have been received by CSDCAS. Documents should be sent to CSDCAS several weeks prior to the deadline date to ensure all items arrive on time. 

CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 617-612-2030
Address (All official transcripts MUST be sent to CSDCAS at the address below):

CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

Note: CSDCAS posts Frequently Asked Questions on the applicant portal, which can be accessed even before an application is created. Please read the FAQs before submitting your application.

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology at LIU Brooklyn can be completed in 2.5-3 years of intensive study. The time limit for the degree is 5 years. Candidates for the degree must have completed a minimum of 64 credits and a summative requirement.

The master’s degree program offers two options:

  1. A clinical master’s degree program with a comprehensive examination as the summative requirement
  2. A clinical master’s degree program with a research project in which the summative requirement is a presentation.

Both options are subject to the rules of the departmental Graduate Program Committee.


The programs in Speech-Language Pathology consist of required and elective course work from the following categories: Professional Foundations, Speech Disorders, Language Disorders and Practica. Most course work is infused with multilingual/multicultural content.

Clinical Practicum

All students are required to complete a minimum of 400 competent clock hours of clinical practicum, including 25 hours of observation. Up to 50 clock hours of undergraduate practicum and 25 hours of observation may be credited toward clinical practicum requirements. Clinical practicums are completed in several locations: on campus, in the university clinic; at the university satellite centers; at off-campus hospital settings and in school settings. Clinical practicum requirements, facilities, and regulations are described in detail in the Clinic Procedures Manual. Students are advised that the specific hourly requirements listed here and by ASHA constitute minimum standards requirements, and may be adjusted upwards according to individual student needs and skill levels.

Grading Policy

The university grading policy involves a plus and minus grading system (e.g., A, A -, B+, B, B -, C+, C, C-).

Foundation Courses
Students receive a midterm evaluation in all foundation courses. Students whose midterm evaluations are less than a B- may be directed to advisement, counseling, and support services (tutoring, Writing Center, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic). Students may retake a maximum of two Foundation courses to remediate grades of C+ or below. Foundation courses may be retaken only one time.
Students who have failed to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing at the completion of the foundation sequence will not be permitted to continue with the program. Students must complete all undergraduate pre-requisites by the end of their first year of graduate coursework.

Higher Level Courses
Students may receive up to one grade of below B- in their non-foundation courses. Students may opt to retake only one higher-level course a single time to remediate a grade of below B-.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the program throughout their academic career. Students are only allowed one grade of C+, C, or C- in their graduate coursework. Students who earn two or more grades of C+, C, or C- will not be allowed to continue in the graduate program and will be referred to the Academic Standing Committee.
Students are placed on Academic Probation when they fail to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Post-baccalaureate students must complete a minimum of four undergraduate pre-requisite courses (SLP 104, SLP 113, SLP 133, and SLP 231) prior to applying to the graduate program. Students admitted to the program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their pre-requisite coursework to matriculate fully and continue into the graduate program.

Summary of Master's Degree Graduation Requirements
Student may opt to complete ONE of the following (as partial fulfillment of the M.S in Speech-Language Pathology):

  1. Comprehensive examination
  2. Master’s thesis

The student and the student's advisor will decide whether the student may elect the master's program of study with a research option. It is recommended that this decision be reached as early as possible in the Master's program to allow for adequate planning and implementation. The deadline for application for the research option program will be at the end of the second semester when the student successfully completes the foundation sequence.

Comprehensive Examination Option
Students must take a comprehensive examination as part of the program and degree requirements. Students are generally advised to take the comprehensive exam during their last semester in the program, and may not take the exam before completing at least 30 graduate credits. The comprehensive examination consists of an essay component addressing the application of content from foundations and higher level courses to speech-language assessment and intervention. Students who fail the exam must be counseled by the department chairperson, directed toward remedial instruction, and should retake the exam.

Students must also present a completed KASA disk indicating achievement of all objectives, a completed clinical hour spreadsheet for approval by clinic administrators, and a KASA Verification Form for approval by the advisement counselor and the program director.

Research Option
The research option requires a student to conduct empirical research on a topic relevant to communication sciences and disorders or dysphagia. Selection of the research option implies that completion of the requirements here listed is in lieu of the comprehensive examination. The chosen topic may involve basic or clinically oriented research. The precise topic addressed will be developed by the student and guided by an advisor.

Speech-Language Performance and Writing Proficiency
Graduate students admitted to the Speech- Language Pathology program must demonstrate English writing proficiency as a requirement for graduation.

Formative Assessment:
The ASHA has established a Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA) requirement. KASA objectives have been developed for each course. Students receive both a grade and an evaluation of KASA objectives for each course. A passing grade in the course does not necessarily indicate achievement of all KASA objectives. Therefore, a remediation plan will be developed to address those objectives not achieved. In order to graduate, students must achieve all KASA objectives and complete any required remediation(s).

Credit and GPA Requirements

  • Minimum Credits: 64
  • Minimum Major GPA: 3.0

Course of Study

MS Speech-Language Pathology Requirements
The following are the required Foundation courses:
SLP 601 Introduction to Research in Speech-Language Pathology 3.00
SLP 602 Advanced Language Acquisition 3.00
SLP 603 Communication and Language Learning in Bilingual/Multicultural Populations 3.00
SLP 606 Advanced Neuroanatomy for Speech-Language Pathology 3.00
SLP 608 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology 1.00
SLP 620 Comparative Phonology and Phonological Disorders 3.00
A minimum of 39 credits are required from the higher level courses listed below:
SLP 604 Biling/Multicult Foundations II: Assessment and Intervention: Methods & Materials 3.00
SLP 605 Diagnostic Process 3.00
SLP 607 Advanced Clinical Audiology 3.00
SLP 609 Speech Science and Instrumentation 3.00
SLP 621 Fluency Disorders 3.00
SLP 622 Voice Disorders 3.00
SLP 626 Dysphagia 3.00
SLP 627 Motor Speech Disorders 3.00
SLP 630 Topics In Communication Disorders 3.00
SLP 640 Language Disorders in Children 3.00
SLP 641 Aphasia and Adult Neurogenic Disorders 3.00
SLP 642 Speech-Language-Hearing Services for Language-Learning Disabilities 3.00
SLP 644 Speech-Language-Hearing Services in Multicultural/Multilingual School Settings 3.00
SLP 720 Independent Study-Research on Disorders of Speech 3.00
A minimum of 9 units are required from the Practicum sequence:
SLP 610A Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 2.00
SLP 610B Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 2.00
SLP 610C Clinical Practicum: Intro to Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 1.00
SLP 611A Intermediate Clinical Practicum in the Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 1.00
SLP 611B Intermediate Practicum in the Treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders/Monolingual 1.00
SLP 611C Intermediate Practicum in a School Setting/Bilingual 1.00
SLP 611D Extended Intermediate Clinical Practicum in the treatment of Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 1.00
SLP 612A Advanced Clinical Practicum: Assessment and Treatment Speech- Language and Hearing Disorders 1.00
SLP 614A Diagnostic Practicum: Children 1.00
SLP 614B Diagnostic Practicum: Adults 1.00
SLP 615A Audiology Practicum 1.00
SLP 616 Clinical Observation 1.00

Student Outcome Data

Praxis Examination Pass Rate
Period  Number of Test Takers Number of Test Takers Passed Pass Rate
2018 41 30 73.17%
2017 40 32 80.00%
2016 25 13 52.00%
3 Year Average   70.5%

Employment Rate
Period  Number of Graduates Employed Number of Graduates Not Employed Total
2018 47 0 100.00%
2017 44 0 100.00%
2016 46 0 100.00%
3 Year Average   100.00%

Program Completion Rate
Period  Number completing on time  Number completing later than on-time  Number not completing  Total
2018 45 1 5 86.90%
2017 58 2 3 92.06%
2016 42 2 0 100.00%
3 Year Average 91.9%


Miriam Baigorri, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
Isabelle Barriere, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Valantis Fyndanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Nelson Moses, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor
Marisa Nagano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Martha Tyrone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director
Katrien Vermeire, Ph.D., CCC-A, Visiting Professor
Gina Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
Scott Youmans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Chair

Ranked #1 in Nation

The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program was recognized as the top program of its kind in a 2014 nationwide survey by



School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean