School of Health & Natural Sciences

Communication Disorders
Master's Degree

There's a growing need for speech and language services. With more young children and seniors in need of services, the demand for speech-language pathologists is great.

Mercy College's Graduate Communication Disorders (CD) program is a premier Master of Science program in the metropolitan New York area. The 57-credit program fosters ethical, competent, autonomous practice. It will prepare you for New York State licensure and for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) national certification in speech-language pathology.

Communication Disorders Program Statistics 3-year average and annual rates 2010-2013

Employment Rate in Profession# of graduatesPercent of graduates
3 year average 99%

Program Completion Rate# Completed Program Percentage Completing
3 year average 94%

Praxis Examination Pass Rate# Passed on first tryPercentage Completing
3 year average 96%
  • Students with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses can apply directly to the MS degree program
  • Students with a bachelor's degree in another field must take seven prerequisite courses as a foundation for graduate study
  • Students without a bachelor's degree can apply for a BS in CD which includes prerequisites or pre-professional CD training

Generally, full-time students complete the program in two years and two summers, and up to five years for part-time students.

For more information about the required prerequisites for the Communication Disorder program please download the Prerequisite Completion Form.

"Receiving my Graduate degree in Communication Disorders under the support of an outstanding team of Professionals at Mercy College has provided me with the experience and confidence to pursue a career in Speech and Language Pathology."
Adriene Flynn, '08
Hutchinson Elementary, Pelham, NY

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Master of Science in Communication Disorders aspire to be speech-language pathologists and NYS Education Department Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). (Note: This certification requires 12 additional credits in education coursework, workshop attendance in education, and completion of a student teaching experience.)
"I was very pleased with all services provided. The problems we had were addressed efficiently. I highly recommend the Mercy College speech pathology program to other friends in need."
Mercy Speech and Hearing Center Client 2008


Dobbs Ferry

Frequently Asked Questions

What career options are available in communication disorders?
Schools, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, private practice, health care agencies, and college/university settings. Our students have a 100% success rate in finding employment upon graduation. A free brochure entitled Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology containing additional information about the profession is available from ASHA
What are the requirements for the professions of speech-language pathology?
A graduate degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, communication science and disorders or speech and hearing sciences. The degree includes academic coursework and clinical practicum, and culminates in eligibility for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.) Most states, including New York, require licensure as well to practice as a speech-language pathologist.
Can I pursue a career/graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology as a change of career?
Yes. If you have a bachelor's degree, you may qualify for entrance into the Communication Disorders graduate program. Seven prerequisite courses must have been completed in the last ten years or are in the process of being completed during the spring semester of the application process:
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  • Phonetics
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology I)
  • Introduction to Audiology
  • Normal Speech and Language Development
  • Language Science (Intro to Linguistics)
  • Statistics*
  • Aural Rehabilitation*

*These two additional courses may be taken for undergraduate credit during the first year of graduate study. The prerequisite courses can be completed in one year as a full-time daytime student. No entrance exams are required

Can I apply to the graduate program and take the required undergraduate prerequisite courses once I am accepted to the graduate program?
Students must have completed the required undergraduate prerequisite courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission to the graduate program.
Do you admit students to the graduate program in the spring?
No. Fall only.
Is the graduate program in Communication Disorders at Mercy College a fully accredited program?
Please see accreditation section above.
What is the clinical component of the graduate program?

It includes both in-house and externship practicum experiences in over 150 metropolitan area facilities. Students evaluate and treat people of varying ages and cultural/linguistic backgrounds who display a variety of communication disorders including articulation, phonology, oral motor, voice, fluency, hearing, and language disorders.

A total of 375 direct contact hours is required by ASHA for certification (a maximum of 50 hours can be accrued on the undergraduate level). The first, in-house practicum takes place in the Mercy College Speech and Hearing Center, where students are supervised by faculty and supervisory staff who are NYS licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Clinical externships are completed in a college-affiliated site in the New York metropolitan area, including New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The age and disorder of the population that is served varies from site to site.

What do I have to do to apply to the Communication Disorders (CD) Graduate program?
Students must excel at the undergraduate level overall with a GPA of 3.2 or a 3.2 in the last two years; and in the seven pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a 3.20 GPA.

To ensure currency/relevancy, all CD major or prerequisite coursework must have been completed within 10 years of application.
How do I apply to the Communication Disorders (CD) Graduate program?

Apply online. Fill out the application and follow the instructions. You will need to send an official undergraduate transcript, a written statement which is no more than two type-written pages, the Pre-Requisite Completion form and a resume. Two letters of recommendation are required. Both letters of recommendation can be from professors in the Department of Communication Disorders or one letter can be from a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and one can be from an undergraduate clinical supervisor (who supervised you planning for, implementing and documenting speech/language therapy services). In addition to a letter, recommenders need to complete the “Recommender Form”. Download the Recommender Form. Recommendation forms and letters will not be accepted online. They must be mailed to Mercy College, Student Services Support Center, 2651 Strang Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY, 10598.

Applications will not be processed by the department of Communication Disorders if any requirements are missing. The deadline for admission is February 15th.

Is the GRE required for admission to the graduate program?
No. The GRE is not required for admission to the graduate program.
Where can I find information about the New York City teacher scholarship program?
Go to, click on the link for "scholarship program", and then click "speech language pathology".
Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the Communication Disorders Graduate program?
The Graduate Coordinator, Denise DiCristofaro, at 914-674-7739 or via e-mail at