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Communication Sciences: MS

Communication Sciences

The primary goal of the new program is to provide students with a comprehensive and well-rounded background in the basic research pertaining to the nature of communication, as well as applied research related to the efficacy of diagnostic and treatment procedures for individuals with communication disorders. Students will apply critical theories and discoveries in the areas of speech science, language science, hearing science, and neuroscience to unanswered questions about normal and disordered processes underlying hearing, speech and language disorders across the lifespan through a core set of graduate courses, advanced electives, and laboratory experiences.

This non-clinical degree is designed as a preparation program for the interdisciplinary doctoral program in disability disciplines or neuroscience. It is for those students who are interested in communication disorders research, not a clinical profession. 

Admission Requirements

Complete the online application through the School of Graduate Studies. Application deadline is January 15. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors prior to application.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following application deadline for students wishing to receive funding:

Fall semester – January 15

Program Requirements

For program requirements, please visit 

Jill Andrus, MS, Utah State University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 153
Phone: (435) 797-2716

Chad Bingham, MS, Utah State University
Clinical Supervisor, Lecturer
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 212
Phone: (435) 797-2245

Kim Corbin-Lewis, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Department Head, Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: LILLY 108
Phone: (435) 797-1302

Beth Foley, PhD, University of Massachusetts
Dean, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: EDUC 109 A
Phone: (435) 797-1470

Ron Gillam, PhD, Indiana University
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 224
Phone: (435) 797-1704

Sandi Gillam, PhD, University of Memphis
Associate Professor
Area: Speech-language pathology
Office: ECERC 222
Phone: (435) 797-7028

Heather Jensen, AuD, Arizona School of Health Science
Audiology Clinical Supervisor/Coordinator
Area: Audiology
Office: LILLY 028
Phone: (435) 797-1390

Freeman King, EdD, McNeese State University
Area: Bilingual-bicultural deaf education
Office: LILLY 106
Phone: (435) 797-1343

Jeffery Larsen, PhD, University of Illinois
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Classroom acoustics, speech perception, audiology
Office: LILLY 032
Phone: (435) 797-2670

Sonia Manuel-Dupont, PhD, University of Kansas
Associate Professor of English and Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: English Department
Area: Linguistics
Office: LILLY 101
Phone: 435-797-1340

Lauri Nelson, PhD, University of Utah
Division Chair, Assistant Professor
Area: Deaf education, listening and spoken language
Office: ECERC 150
Phone: (435) 797-8051

Cache Pitt, AuD, Salus University
Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Audiology
Office: ECERC 149
Phone: (435) 797-9311

Amy Porter, AuD, Utah State University
Clinical Audiologist, Clinical Associate Professor
Area: Audiology
Office: Off campus
Phone: (435) 797-1390

Elizabeth Preston, AuD, Texas Tech University
Pediatric Audiologist
Area: Pediatric audiology
Office: ECERC 160
Phone: (435) 797-2507

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Deaf Education Student Association: DESA is a place where future teachers and professionals who work with deaf people gain the opportunity to interact with professionals already in the field. DESA also educates the public about the deaf community through activities and mini-workshops. The professional network allows students to connect with professional communities and search for career opportunities.

National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association: NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA has approximately 13,000 members with chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities.

American Sign Language Club: USU is home to an ASL club for students from all majors interested in sign language.

Labs, Centers, Research

Center for Persons with Disabilities: The CPD is a nationally recognized research center that joins the expertise of researchers and faculty with community partners to address the most difficult challenges facing persons with disabilities and their families. Research addresses issues that cross fields ranging from biomedicine to education. In clinical experiences, learners join teams of professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities to deliver services and supports.

Center for the School of the Future: The CSF is a research center dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of education by identifying effective educational practices and supporting their dissemination and adoption in local circumstances.

Early Intervention Research Institute: The EIRI is an interdisciplinary organization committed to investigating and improving policies and practices that support the well-being of at-risk children as well as those with special needs and their families. The institute conducts research as well as provides training and technical assistance at community, state, national, and international levels.

SKI*HI Institute: The SKI-HI Institute enhances the lives of young children with special needs, their families, and care givers. The institute’s training and services focus on early intervention and early childhood programming for infants and young children, ages birth to five years, with hearing and vision impairments and other disabilities.