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Communication Sciences and Disorders: Language and Literacy Disabilities - MS

The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders two-year program prepares graduates to work as speech-language pathologists in a wide variety of settings, including: public and private schools, medical settings, private practice, home health agencies, and early intervention centers. They are prepared to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds who face communication challenges.

Two features distinguish the program. The first is its three options, Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Language/Literacy Disorders, and Early Childhood Communication Disorders in addition to a general (no option) track. Regardless of the option selected, all graduates are prepared to meet the requirements for ASHA certification. The second is its curriculum design, marked by an immediate merger between clinical experiences and coursework. Students obtain immediate course-driven clinical experiences in the Program’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center as well as in university–supervised satellite programs.

The Language/Literacy Disorders option prepares students for professional practice in the diagnosis and treatment of language-based learning disorders in school age children. Students learn theory and practice in oral language as it relates to literacy acquisition and learning in the content areas.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

After you have submitted your online application and are assigned an UNH ID, visit our online Letter of Recommendation Request Form for instructions and to request letters from your chosen referees. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE General Test required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

In no more than two pages each applicant must respond to the following three areas: 1) Describe yourself. We are interested in learning about you as a person. 2) Where do you see yourself professionally five years from now? Ten years from now? 3) What one issue in the field of communication sciences and disorders interests you most at this point in your educational development? Why?

Once you have completed your statement, you can submit it:

  • Electronically, as part of the online application process (strongly recommended)
  • Via email to grad.docs@unh.edu
  • Mail a hard copy directly to our office (address at bottom of page)

Additional Department Requirements:

As of Fall 2013, program requirements in Communication Sciences and Disorders will change. Adjustments to the curriculum will result in an increase in the total number of credits from 56 to 61. For specific information regarding these changes, please contact the program.

Important Notes:

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.