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M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

» M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program in speech-language pathology at Chapman 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.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) prepares students to become fully credentialed and licensed speech-language pathologists, clinicians and/or supervisors in healthcare and education settings.

This full-time, intensive program is a rich combination of didactic and clinical/fieldwork courses providing carefully guided internships each trimester. Placements include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, agencies, early intervention programs, and K-12 public schools.  Students have both on-site supervisors and university supervisors assigned for each setting. Completion of the requirements for the MS degree and passing scores on required tests, allows graduates to be recommended for the Preliminary California State Credential in Speech-Language Pathology.

Through skillful modeling and leadership, and highly individualized instruction, students develop the necessary professional competencies to:

  • Assess and treat persons with developmental or acquired communication disorder, such as stuttering, deafness/hearing loss, cleft palate, articulation disorder, child language disorder, autism spectrum disorder, voice abnormality, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and swallowing disorders;
  • Counsel and support individuals, their spouses, family members, siblings, educators and other professionals on the use of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and other technology to communicate effectively.

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Program at a Glance

  • The Masters of Science graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is conferred one day a year, August 1st

  • A cohort model with entry each fall

  • A 63-unit program designed to be completed in two years (including summer terms), which includes a total of 14 units of practicum.

  • Late afternoon and evening classes

  • Required 400 hours of supervised practicum in a variety of education and healthcare settings

CSD Course Outline

Two Emphases Areas Combined

School-Based Setting Emphasis: 
The school-based setting emphasis prepares candidates to assess and treat preschool through high school students with communication disabilities that adversely affect their academic success. Students will become familiar with federal and state laws, family counseling, evidence-based practice in articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, language/literacy delays, attention deficit disorders and augmentative and alternative communication.

Medically Related Conditions Emphasis: The medically-related conditions emphasis focuses on the conditions of voice disorder, neuro-physiological syndromes, dysphagia (swallowing), and stroke rehabilitation, and any injury or illness that results in speech language impairment. Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community clinics and private practice.

To combine the two emphasis areas, special clinical training sessions are incorporated into the program each year at no additional cost, e.g. Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center, Illumination Foundation, Head Injury Program at Coastline Community College, AAC Camp, Stroke Survivor Boot Camp, Communication Recovery Group, Literacy for Homeless Students, Feeding for At Risk Infants, Preschool Speech and Language Screenings, Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Screening, Cleft Palate Panel, Sunrise Assisted Living Center Meal and Hearing Aid Programs, Weekend Fluency Sessions, Brain Injury Treatment Program, and more.


CSD Faculty and Staff

  • Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Full Professor and Chair
  • Mary Fagan, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Deanna Hughes, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Shannon Sheppard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Lisa Lachance, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Leah Beekman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor

Part Time Faculty and Practicum Instructors who have worked in CSD for 2 years or more

  • Katherine Bowman, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Lynn Gallandt, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Sherri Gruszczynski, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Gilbert R. Herer, PhD. CCC-A/SLP
  • Phyllis Kenworthy, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Olivia Martinez, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Loryn McGill, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Abby Rozenberg, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Charles Ruby, Au.D., CCC-A
  • Leora Shaffer, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Lauren Shearer, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Kimberly Tan, M.A., CCC-SLP


  • Catherine Dee, M.S., Admission and Credential Specialist
  • Lauren Shepard, B.A., Administrative Assistant
  • Angela Mandas, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Fieldwork Coordinator and Lecturer

CSD Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University.  Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Diane Bangar, MA, CCC-SLPSpeech Language Pathologist, Irvine, CA
  • Kim Goll, Executive Director, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA - Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman - President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • Kim Gully - President, Medical Speech and Language Pathology Council of California, Diamond Bar, CA
  • Gilbert R. Herer, Ph.D. CCC-A/SLP  - Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Frankie Rosario - Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA
  • James Stansell - Retired, son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Ron Wenkart. JD - Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Irvine, CA

Student Organization

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association that consists of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is the only national student organization in the field that is recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  NSSLHA helps raise awareness about the profession of speech-language pathology, and promotes the awareness of speech and/or language disorders.  The members of NSSLHA engage in a variety of community service and volunteering opportunities in the local community and the greater Los Angeles area, such as the Relay for Life, MS Walk, Autism Walk, Surfer Healing, Down Syndrome Organization, BRAIN, and the Special Olympics.

The organization collects dues, elects officers, raises funds, and provides leadership opportunities within Region 10 in the US. The CU student chapter has been awarded National Gold Status for the last 3 years.  

Visit Chapman's NSSLHA website to learn more about NSSLHA as well as the students and recent events.

Contact Us

For additional information about our M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, please contact:

M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders main office:
(714) 516-4598

For additional admission information, please contact: 
Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711

Contact Us

CSD Main Office
(714) 516-4598

Office of Graduate Admission 
888-CU-APPLY / (714) 997-6711

Need more information? Please click on CSD Student Handbook 2019-2020

For information on financial aid, current year tuition and more, please visit the pages below!

Orange County Childhood Language Center

Chapman CSD graduate students provide no-cost  assessment and treatment of children with speech and language disorders in Orange County.

The Adult Learning Lab

The Adult Learning Lab is an environment in which graduate student clinicians and faculty supervisors learn side by side. Graduate student clinicians provide diagnostic and intervention services to adults while receiving personalized supervision by faculty. The lab is available each trimester for adults with acquired cognitive communication disorders.