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COSI Master of Arts Program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur philosophy is to develop highly competent clinical practitioners. The intent is to educate students to embody the best of the clinician’s rigorous approach to problem solving using the scientific method. The academic program provides a broadly-based fund of knowledge in communication sciences and disorders, with emphasis on a processing framework that helps the students analyze and synthesize information.

Our mission is to educate students to become highly competent clinician researchers in the field of speech language pathology. Our model future clinician demonstrates intellectual curiosity, integrity, high ethical standards and consistent professionalism.

The M.A. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Upon completion of the master’s degree program, graduates will meet the academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from ASHA and the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 42 credit hours of graduate coursework (and maintain a 3.0 GPA for those courses) and 375 clock hours of supervised clinical practicum as residential, full time students over 5 semesters. In addition, they must satisfactorily pass written and oral examinations or complete a master’s thesis. Students who select the thesis option must enroll in six hours of thesis credit and pass an oral defense of their thesis. (Masters requirements described are currently awaiting approval and are in effect for students entering in Fall 2018 and later.)

An individual plan of study is designed with each student, based on his or her undergraduate background and professional goals.Students interested in applying to the graduate program are not required to have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders, however they are required to complete additional undergraduate coursework to meet the requirements for ASHA certification. Although the actual number of classes will vary depending on the student’s prior area of study, the following courses or their equivalent are required prior to entrance to the program:

COSI 211 Phonetics and Phonology COSI 313 Language Development
COSI 321 Speech and Hearing Sciences COSI 325 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
COSI 352 Introduction to Clinical Practice

In addition, prospective leveling students must have completed one course in the biological sciences (biology), one course in the physical sciences (physics or chemistry), and one statistics course (statistics must be in the course title) to be considered for admission to the graduate program.

Gail Richard and Blair Gorenberg

ASHA President Gail Richard and CWRU Graduate student Blair Gorenberg, NSSLHA regional councilor. March 1, 2017

8 graduates of the COSI program

Congratulations to our 2017 M.A. graduating class!













NSSLHA bronze chapter logo

Congratulations our Case NSSLHA chapter for achieving Bronze status!

To achieve Bronze status, our chapter:

  • Increases awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators
  • Supports clients, students, and organizations in your community
  • Creates vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community
  • Provides scholarships to students in CSD programs by contributing a donation of more than $11,500 to the ASHFoundation NSSLHA Scholarship
  • Brings speech and language communication resources to those who are served by CommunicAID+Nation (the NSSLHA Loves 2016–17 recipient) by helping to raise more than $13,000

Our students have worked hard this year to achieve this goal!


Congratulations to two of our graduate students who scored over 90%!



The graduate program Communication Sciences (COSI) in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Learning is enhanced for all students by small class size, supportive and frequent interactions with faculty, and varied clinical and research opportunities. Graduates with a degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in speech-language pathology are able to pursue careers in fields that are challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that there will be a 36% or more increase in jobs in the field of speech-language pathology over the next seven years. Career opportunities exist for graduates in universities, hospitals, schools, private practices, nursing homes, special education centers, rehabilitation centers, non-profit agencies. Additionally, within each of these employment settings, opportunities are available for for speech-language pathologist to provide services to individuals exhibiting a range of communicative impairments or to specialize in service delivery to a specific population such as the elderly, infants, hearing-impaired children or clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury.

Facilities and Equipment

COSI is housed on the third floor of the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. The CHSC, is located at East 116th and Euclid Avenue, includes offices for department faculty, research labs, and classrooms. There is also a student workroom with study carrels and a computer lab. Students have access to current assessment and intervention materials.

Meta-analysis poster day

Meta-analysis poster day










Surrounding Community

Case is located in University Circle, a 550-acre, park-like concentration of over 40 educational, scientific, medical, artistic, and cultural institutions. In addition to the University, which is the Circle’s largest institution, the surrounding community includes: Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art, University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum, the Health Museum of Cleveland, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. All are within walking distance of the Program of Communication Sciences.


 The master’s (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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