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Undergraduate Programs

Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology

The accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s degree in speech-language pathology affords a select group of URI undergraduate majors the opportunity to complete the B.S. in Communicative Disorders and the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in a five-year period rather than the traditional six-year period. For the most part, this is accomplished by using the senior year to begin the graduate program. Elective credits are used to facilitate meeting this goal. Compared to the traditional Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, this saves one year of tuition and allows entry into the job market one year earlier.




An ideal applicant for this program should have all or most of the following characteristics:

1. early commitment to this major and profession,

2. an undergraduate major in Communicative Disorders at URI,

3. the capacity and motivation to generate a very high grade point average,

4. the emotional maturity to manage greater demand and stress,

5. an ability and interest to learn using synthetic and problem solving approaches, and

6. the willingness to forego using elective credits outside the major area.



1. Students should contact their advisors as soon as possible to determine their suitability for this program.

2. If a student is an appropriate candidate for this program, a program of study should be constructed with your advisor, as soon as possible, to deliver all general education requirements and courses within the major by the end of the junior year.

3. During the second semester of the junior year, assuming completion, of “2” above, the student is ready to apply to the graduate program for admission in the following semester.

4. Immediately prior to entering the graduate program the student should have no fewer than 24 credits remaining to receive a Bachelor’s Degree. It would also be inadvisable to have more than 30 credits remaining.

5. Applicants to the accelerated program will be reviewed for admission within the cohort of all applicants, meaning there is no separate applicant pool for this program.

6. Criteria for admission are the same for all applicants and include cumulative GPA, GPA within the major, test scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose written by the applicant.

7. Standards for admission are high and should be reviewed with an advisor.

8. Upon admission, the student will be given a course schedule for the senior year that will include 24 graduate level credits. Any other credits required to achieve the Bachelor’s Degree will be added in as well. We strongly recommend that credits beyond 24 be minimized.

9. At the end of the senior year, the student in this program should have120 credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree and, in turn, will have that degree awarded.

10. During year five, the second year of graduate study, the student will complete 30 additional graduate credits. The sum of all graduate credits (from years four and five) is 54, which is the same total as the traditional Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In fact, all elements of academic and clinical training are the same in both programs.

Sample Plan for the 5-Year BS-MS program (for a student who decides to pursue the 5-year program at the end of the freshmen year)

Freshman Year




CMD 160 Intro to Comm Disorders *

CMD 160 Intro to Comm Disorders

(*if not available, take in spring)


Sophomore Year




CMD 272 Auditory & Speech Mechanism

CMD 274 Communication Processes

CMD 273 Phonetics

CMD 276 Speech Science


CMD 377 Neuroanatomy



Junior Year




CMD 278 Intro Hearing Science

CMD 375 Language Development

CMD 361 Introduction to Audiology

CMD 454 Rehabilitative Audiology

CMD 465 Clinical Methods (4)

CMD 460 Intro Speech & Lang. Disorders

CMD 493 Multicultural Issues



The local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, URISSLHA, will hold a meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:15 in the Galanti Lounge of the main library (3rd floor). All students with interests in a career in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to attend.


Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


Welcome to new and returning students


2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Congratulations are in order


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers