Accelerated BA/BS to MA This is a Track

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MA
Department : Communication Sciences and Disorders Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/csd/masters/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an Accelerated BA/BS to MA Track for highly qualified UCF undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders that enables them to complete a master's degree in one less semester than students in the Traditional Track.

CURRICULUM

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers an Accelerated BA/BS to MA program for highly qualified undergraduate majors in communication sciences and disorders. Undergraduate students enroll in 16 credit hours of graduate-level courses while completing the bachelor's degree. This enables students to achieve a master's degree in the UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in one less semester.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Up to 16 credit hours of approved 6000-level courses, with grades of "B" (3.0) or better, may be counted toward the BA/BS and MA degrees. Additional requirements include:

  • Adopting the most current catalog for students changing degree programs.
  • Earning at least a "B" (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate course to be counted toward the major.
  • Being assessed tuition and fees at the graduate rate for graduate courses. 

Undergraduate Requirements

The Shared Courses below replace:

  • SPA 4400 Language Disorders Across the Life Span
  • SPA 4476 Speech Disorders Across the Life Span
  • SPA 4478 Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders and Differences
  • SPA 4803 Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPA 4870 Capstone Course
  • one restricted elective in the undergraduate curriculum

Shared Courses

  • SPA 6204 Articulation/Phonological Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6496 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents (6 credit hours)
  • SPA 6551 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level I (1 credit hour) 
  • SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—38 Credit Hours

  • SPA 6204 Articulation/Phonological Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6211C Voice Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6225C Fluency Disorders (4 credit hours)
  • SPA 6236 Motor Speech Disorders in Adults and Children (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6327 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6410 Aphasia and Related Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6474 Assessment and Management of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6496 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents (6 credit hours)
  • SPA 6559 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6565 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6805 Research in Communicative Disorders (3 credit hours)

Clinical Practice—25 Credit Hours

Supervised clinical practice is an integral part of the graduate program in communication sciences and disorders. It provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the evaluation and management of individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders. Students complete three clinical practica at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and other affiliated facilities, as well as externships in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community clinics, and private practices. Through these practica and externships, students obtain a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinical practica and externships vary in length and do not always coincide with the academic calendar.

  • SPA 6551 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level I (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6503 Foundations of Clinical Practice : Level II (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6503L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level II Application (enroll in two 1 credit hour lab classes)
  • SPA 6553L Clinical Practice in Differential Diagnosis in Speech and Language Pathology (1 credit hour, taken twice in two different semesters)
  • SPA 6942 Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III (1 credit hour)
  • SPA 6942L Foundations of Clinical Practice: Level III Application (enroll in two 1 credit hour lab classes)
  • SPA 6943C Clinical Practice: Level I (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level II (3 credit hours)
  • SPA 6946 Clinical Practice: Level III (10 credit hours)

Thesis Option—9 Credit Hours

  • SPA 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Students who elect this option complete a thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders for 6 credit hours and select one elective in consultation with a faculty adviser. 

Thesis hours cannot be counted toward graduation requirements if students fail to complete or successfully defend their thesis. For additional information, thesis students and their advisory committees should refer to the thesis requirements in the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Nonthesis Option—9 Credit Hours

  • Electives (9 credit hours)

Students who elect this option must select three electives in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Comprehensive Examination

Passing a Departmental Comprehensive Examination is a requirement for completion of the master's degree in communication sciences and disorders. 

Equipment Fee

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders MA Program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester they are enrolled.

Additional Program Costs

The program requires students to pay additional fees for the required background checks, clinic uniform, and registration for the academic/clinical competencies tracking system.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated B.A./B.S. to M.A. track in Communication Sciences and Disorders allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the Accelerated Track either in the last semester of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year.

Applicants must submit a hard copy (paper) application for the bachelor's program directly to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Please contact the department for the appropriate application form.  An electronic application for admission to the graduate program must be submitted during the senior year of the bachelor's program. 

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • 3.7 GPA or higher in communication sciences and disorders course work earned at the University of Central Florida.
  • Official, highly competitive GRE score obtained within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty in the department.
  • Résumé.
  • A letter of intent describing educational background, professional experiences, future goals, and how you will embody and uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in your professional career.

A formal admission decision for the master's program will be made following receipt of the bachelor's degree. Successful completion of the bachelor's degree does not guarantee admission to the master's program.  The Communication Sciences and Disorders program reserves the right to deny admission or dismiss a student after admission to the program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student fails to demonstrate and/or uphold the ASHA Code of Ethics (http://www.asha.org/code-of-ethics/) in coursework or practice in the field. A background check is required for all new students during their first semester in the master's program.

Application Deadlines

The Traditional Track admits students three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer. The Consortium Track admits students once per year in the summer.

Accelerated BA/BS to MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Feb 1Oct 1Feb 1
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International Transfer Applicants

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

The program has several options for financial assistance. Full-time students are eligible for a limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships and for positions providing faculty assistance. In addition, there is an opportunity to be funded through a United States Department of Education (USDOE) personnel preparation grant to support students interested in acquiring knowledge and skills to prepare qualified speech-language pathologists to work with children specifically in the area of listening and spoken language who are deaf and hard of hearing and who come from culturally and linguistically diverse homes. For additional information, consult the department website at www.cohpa.ucf.edu/csd.

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