Masters Science Program 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 Master's program must now also complete an application through CDCAS. Applicants to the master’s program are admitted for the Fall semester only.

List of Requirements

  • Completed on-line application and signature page 

  • Completed CDCAS application (Apply Masters) 

  • 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 Admissions Requirements

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

  • 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. All transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services ( or by a current NACES member ( All GRE score reports must be submitted to Howard University (school code: 5297). 

  • TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 90 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date)  

M.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders Prerequisites

Students interested in pursuing the Master 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. Howard University does offer all prerequisites. As a result, the student must complete the following undergraduate prerequisites as part of the three-year masters.  Student how have obtained all three prerequisites will start the two-year master’s program. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • CSD 241: Language Development 
  • CSD 261: Phonetics 
  • CSD 262: Speech and Hearing Sciences 
  • CSD 263: Anatomy and Physiology 
  • CSD 361: Introduction to Articulation and Language 
  • CSD 362: Introduction to Fluency and Voice 
  • CSD 367: Bases of Audiology 
  • CSD 467: Tests and Measurements 
  • CSD 458: Aural Rehabilitation 
  • CSD 469: Teaching Methods 

Additional Requirements

  • Biology 

  • Statistics 

  • Physics or  

  • Chemistry 

  • Sociology 

  • Psychology 


The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in speech-language pathology at Howard University is a residential program that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  

The department offers the masters of science and doctoral degree programs in speech-language pathology.  The masters programs include both a two year traditional degree program in speech-language pathology as well as an accelerated master's degree program in which students matriculate through both the bachelor and graduate level coursework in five (5) years. Both programs allow students to complete clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  In addition, the program offers a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in speech-language pathology. 

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 Master’s 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.