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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to foster a collaborative learning environment for faculty, students and colleagues in the community that furthers understanding of the science of communication as well as the scientific bases of clinical practice.  We partner with our students in research and clinical endeavors that result in the generation and application of new knowledge. By cultivating critical thinking, advocacy, innovation and leadership, we enable students to advance scholarship in our field and to engage in interprofessional practice to provide optimal services to individuals with diverse cultural and communication needs.

The Department of CSD does not offer, study or affiliate itself with Facilitated Communication (FC) or Supported Typing (ST).

CSD Strategic Plan

Accreditation and Student Outcome Data for M.S.-SLP

Accreditation and Student Outcome Data for Au.D.

Ranking: Syracuse University is nationally ranked in the top 12% of Speech-Language Pathology and top 34% of Audiology graduate programs by *U.S. News & World Report “Best Grad School Rankings,” and ranked #2 in Audiology and tied for #1 in Speech Language Pathology in New York State.

*The most widely accepted and cited source for national rankings of graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Coursework in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) will set you on your way to making a difference for people who suffer from speech, language and hearing disorders.

A broad education in human communication sciences and disorders and clinical experiences in the Gebbie Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic prepares you for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology and other related fields in health, education and science. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in research in faculty laboratories.

Speech-language pathologists evaluate, treat and research human communication and its disorders. They diagnose and evaluate speech problems, such as fluency (stuttering), articulation, and voice disorders as well as language problems, such as aphasia and delayed language and related disorders, such as dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).

Audiologists study normal and impaired hearing and the prevention of hearing loss, identify and assess hearing problems, and rehabilitate persons with hearing impairment.

A master’s degree is required to practice speech-language pathology, and a clinical doctoral degree (Au.D.) is required to practice audiology.

Gebbie Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic

The Gebbie Clinic is a state-of-the-art educational, clinical, and research facility and the training site for graduate students enrolled in the speech-language pathology and audiology programs. The clinic offers service and support to adults, children, and families in need of diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of speech-language and hearing difficulties. It includes:

  • Seven speech therapy rooms.
  • Two large group therapy rooms.
  • Two sound booths for hearing testing.
  • Hearing aid fitting room that can simulate everyday listening environments.
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and vestibular testing room.

Make a difference in the world.

As a speech-language pathologist or audiologist you may work in different research, education, or health care settings with varying roles, levels of responsibility and clients. You may be part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team, which could include teachers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, engineers, scientists and allied health professionals.

Whatever your interests, your CSD degree can take you far. To learn more about all your options, talk to your advisor.

Latest News
Baby having hearing screening.

(Aug. 30, 2022)

Unlocking the Mysteries of Speech Processing

A new NIH grant funds Beth Prieve’s research exploring how infants process human speech.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist speaking to students.

(May 23, 2022)

Speech Therapy Dream Team

NBA player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talks with CSD students about the important bond between a speech therapist and a person who stutters.

A person in front of a conference poster

(April 6, 2022)

Congratulations to CSD Undergraduate Alex Middleton

CSD Senior Alex Middleton was selected to receive the 2022 Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Research.

Riley portrait

(April 6, 2022)

CSD Professor Ellyn Riley Quoted in Washington Post Article on Aphasia

Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty member Dr. Ellyn Riley was quoted in the Washington Post in an article on understanding aphasia, a topic in the news because of the announced retirement of actor Bruce Willis