Communication Sciences and Disorders

About COSD

The department offers graduate programs leading to the masters and doctoral degrees 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. It is strategically located in Washington, D.C.,  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.

The MET Building

300 Bryant Street, NW

Room 101-C4

Washington D.C. 20001

Chair: Ovetta Harris, Ph.D.


Phone: (202).806.6990


The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology {residential} at Howard University is accredited 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

A Message From Our Chair

The department of Communications of Sciences and Disorders provides leadership in the areas of research, service, training, and leadership to the nation.  We are global leaders in this field providing graduates with the skills to help different parts of the world and engage in important research to promote the discipline.

Our Programs

Speech and Hearing Clinic

The Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals of all ages with a variety of communication disorders

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MS Program Student Outcome Data

Admission Rates

3-Year Average Completed Not Completed Graduated Average GPA
2023-2024 11 0 100 3.45
2022-2023 11 0 100 3.78
2021-2022 12 0 100 3.44

Student Outcome Praxis Data

3-Year Average Praxis Pass Rate # Taken
2023-2024 100% 2
2022-2023 88% 8
2021-2022 100% 3

Program Completion Rate

Year Number Completing Program Number Not Completing Program Percentage of Students Graduating 3-year Average Completion Rate
2023-2024 11 0 100% 100%
2022-2023 11 0 100% 100%
2021-2022 7 0 100% 100%

Master of Science Admission Requirements

Ready to embark on a rewarding journey through our Masters of Science program? Applicants to the master’s program are admitted for the Fall semester only.  Learn what it takes to be accepted into the Masters Science program.

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The Howard University Chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at Howard University (HU-NSSLHA) is a national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) aspiring towards careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. This chapter has a stellar membership and enables students in speech and hearing science to: 

  • Fellowship and network with students and professionals with similar interests 

  • Gather information about specialized topics from guest speakers 

  • Gain valuable knowledge about academic advising, scholarships, and application process for doctoral studies 

  • Explore the robust careers of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.  

  • Participate in student-led and professional conferences 


The Howard University Chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association.


Instagram: hu_nsslha

Our Faculty & Staff

Alaina S. Davis

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Robin C Eury, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Ovetta Harris

Department Chair

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Valencia Perry, PhD, CCC-SLP

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Gentjan Saliu, MA

Administrative Assistant II

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Lauren Sweet, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Educator

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Miguelina Zapata, PhD, CCC-SLP


Assistant Professor

Communication Sciences & Disorders

We Are HIPAA Compliant

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