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Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers graduate programs leading to the master's and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology.


The Master of Science education program in Speech pathology at Howard University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Because of its focus on infusing cultural diversity throughout the curriculum, Howard University is an ideal place to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology, The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers two graduate degrees leading to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and the Ph.D. in Communication Science. The masters' degree program is fully accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and meets all of the requirements needed to prepare graduates for careers as speech-language pathologists. Masters students may choose from one of four tracks for specialization: educational, bilingual, medical speech-language pathology or technology. In addition, the Masters' program has excellent graduation, employment and Praxis pass rates.

Doctoral students may choose either the adult neurological track or the child language track. The doctoral curriculum has been updated recently to reflect the most current theory and research in the field. Candidates for the Ph.D. may elect to complete the more traditional dissertation or elect to develop their research project in the form of three (3) peer-reviewed articles. Alumni of the Ph.D. program are acknowledged leaders in the academe, government, research facilities, health care organizations, and ASHA. 

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is strategically located in Washington, D.C. and near the health sciences complexes at Howard University. Clinical and research experiences are available to students at this complex and throughout the University including the University Speech and Hearing Clinic and Howard University Hospital, as well as regionally in government, educational and health care institutions throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

We provide students with a strong scientific foundation and mentoring to succeed in graduate school. The department is nationally recognized because of its outstanding faculty, concentrated focus on multiculturalism, quality of comprehensive training and well-organized curricula. 

Admission Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 in major course work is required. Each graduate department may have additional “special admission requirements which are noted on this page. Please note that all students applying for the COSD two-year and three-year Masters program must now also complete an application through CDCAS.

  • Completed on-line application and signature page
  • Completed CDCAS application
  • The non-refundable $75 application fee (Waivers accepted for FAMU Feeder Program and McNair Scholars)
  • Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • GRE Scores (Only official score reports are accepted within 5 years of the test date)
  • Statement of Academic and Research Interest
  • Autobiographical Sketch (Personal biography)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above you must meet the following:

  • Official transcripts, certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, and must show proof of degree(s) earned, courses taken and marks/grades received. Also, ALL transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services ( or AACRAO ( and be forwarded to Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. 
  • TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 90 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date) 
Degree Requirements

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will admit doctoral applicants to the Fall and Spring semester. Applicants to the master’s program are admitted for the Fall semester only. 

Letters of recommendation must be submitted from persons with the doctoral degree. It is preferable that the recommendations come from persons familiar with the student's academic work.

Master's degree applicants must have a GPA of 3.2, and Ph.D. degree applicants must have a GPA of 3.5.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, however the minimum score is considered in relation the applicant’s GPA, letters of recommendation and other admissions documents.

M.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders Prerequisites

Students interested in pursuing the Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders who do not currently possess a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology are admitted provisionally as a three-year graduate student. As a result, the student must complete the following undergraduate prerequisites: 

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

Howard University Graduate School 
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20059


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Alaina Davis

Assistant Professor

Communication Sciences & Disorders


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Shameka Stanford

Assistant Professor

Communication Sciences & Disorders


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