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Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders
Division of Arts & Humanities
Queens College
City University of New York

65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
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1. Students are accepted into the program in the Fall semester. The application deadline is February 1 of the year for which prospective candidates apply.  The graduate program at Queens College is full-time.  Since a limited number of students are admitted each year, the process is competitive. The following requirements are in addition to the general requirements for admission.  All necessary forms and materials are available through the Office of Graduate Admissions in Jefferson Hall (room 105), 718-997-5200.

2. A grade point average of B or better.

3. Applicants coming from other undergraduate programs must satisfy minimum requirements for admission and need to meet the equivalent of the Queens College Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements (LASAR). The college has identified hundreds of courses from across departments that will fill the LASAR requirements. Students are required to take 31 credits in the following areas:

  Humanities I (literature and literary criticism) 6 credits
  Humanities II (appreciation of and participation in arts) 3 credits
  Humanities III (language, culture, and aesthetics) 3 credits
  Physical & Biological Sciences (including one course with laboratory) 7 credits
  Scientific Methodology & Quantitative Reasoning (math, computer science, statistics, logic) 3 credits
  Social Sciences 6 credits
  Pre-industrial/Non-western Civilizations 3 credits

(LASAR course requirements appear in the Queens College Bulletin; additional information is available from the Queens College Office of the Registrar.)

Applicants must also have three semester course hours in each of the following courses (or their equivalents) in basic communication sciences, communication processes, and child development:

  • Child Development (e.g., Psychology 224)
  • Introduction to Psycholinguistics (e.g., LCD 105)
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders (e.g., LCD 106)
  • Phonetics (e.g., LCD 110)
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Speech (e.g., LCD 207)
  • Hearing Science (e.g., LCD 208)
  • Linguistic bases (e.g., LCD 216 - Language Acquisition)
  • Audiology I (e.g., LCD 330)
  • Speech Science (e.g., LCD 309)

4. At least three letters of recommendation from undergraduate instructors, typically two from faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders and one from a faculty member in another area. Applicants who have been employed full time following receipt of their undergraduate degree may wish to submit letters from employment supervisors.

5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  The GRE must be taken no later than December of the year before you are planning to attend.  Contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for more information.

6. Applicants who present international credentials or whose native language was not English must receive a minimum score of 650 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

7. A personal essay.

8. The credentials of each applicant will be examined by the Departmental Graduate Studies Committee, which accepts, accepts with conditions, or rejects candidates.

9. The number of applicants approved for matriculation is limited by the training facilities available; therefore, applicants who otherwise meet minimum requirements for matriculation may not be admitted.

10. Permission of the Program Director is required for enrollment in any of the courses in the program.




Q. I do not have an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders. May I take the prerequisite courses or their equivalents at another school?

A. Yes.

Q. What is the recommended order of the courses?

A. 1. Introduction to Communication Disorders (LCD 106)
Phonetics (LCD 110)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (LCD 105)
  2. Anatomy and Physiology (LCD 207)
Speech Science (LCD 208)
Hearing Science (LCD 309)
(or one course that combines these two courses, LCD 208 and LCD 309)
Language Acquisition (LCD 216)
Audiology (LCD 330)

Q. Must I complete all these courses before starting graduate school?

A. Yes. You may leave up to two courses to be completed during the summer before your fall admission to graduate school. Your application should explain which courses you will take, when and where the courses are offered.

Q. May I take these prerequisite courses at Queens college?

A. Yes.  However, undergraduate courses can be difficult to get into Queens College.  Some courses may be open in the intersession/summer sessions.  Information about summer courses will be available in the late Spring.  Contact the LCD Department (718) 997-2870 for a course listing, or follow the Schedules link for this website.

Q. If I have a Bachelor's degree in another field, how do I enroll to take these courses?

A. You should matriculate as a second B.A. student.  You would take only the pre-requisite courses required for admission into a graduate program in speech-language pathology.

Q. If I have a B.A. degree in another field, what other requirements must I fulfill besides the pre-requisite courses and the LASAR requirements?

A. You must complete 25 hours of observation of speech and language intervention.  These hours may be obtained at a school, clinic, hospital, private practice, etc.  The speech-language pathologist you observe must have a certificate of clinical competence (CCC).

Q. When should I submit my application?

A. The applications deadline is February 1 for the year in which you are applying. Contact Graduate Admissions (718) 997-5200 for the application.

Q. When should I take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

A. Take the examination no later than December of the year before you plan to attend. The computerized version may be taken in January.  Your GRE results must be available by February 1.

Q. Which GRE do I take?

A. The General Examination. It includes three parts: verbal, quantitative and

Q. As a foreign student, should I take the TOEFL in addition to the GRE?

A. Yes. The score for admission to this program is 650.

Q. What flexibility do I have with the letters of recommendation?

A. At least two of the three should be from professors in the area of communication sciences and disorders. The third may be a letter from a personal source.

Q. Are interviews required?

A. Yes.  Some applicants will be asked to come to Queens College for an interview.

Q. Is the Queens College program available on part-time basis?

A. No.

Q. Does Queens College offer an Audiology program?

A. No.



Tuition at Queens College is modest and students find that the costs associated with graduate study are reasonable. Tuition and fees for full time New York State residents are less than $6,000 per year. It is slightly higher for out of state residents. Financial assistance is available for many graduate students through different sources. Student loans and other forms of aid, such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), are available through the College's Financial Aid Office in Jefferson Hall (room 202), 718-997-5100.



Patricia McCaul, Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597, (718) 997-2936.


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Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology
Linguistics & Communication Disorders, Queens College, CUNY

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