Jun 08, 2023  
2014-2015 General Catalog 
2014-2015 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Graduate Program)

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Program Overview

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is nationally recognized for its faculty’s research in a number of areas including: fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders in children and adults; language development and impairment in children learning one or more languages, one or more dialects, or through cochlear implantation; and motor speech and cognitive-communicative disorders in adults with acquired neurologic disorders. WIthin their particular area of expertise, faculty members study the nature and cause of clinical conditions, design and evaluate assessment tools and treatments, and investigate treatment efficacy.

PhD program graduates are in high demand by university faculties across the country and by federal and state health and education agencies seeking well-trained scholars to help guide policy development, service implementation, and program evaluation. Master’s graduates are eligible for national certification as speech-language pathologists once they pass the national certification examination. Speech-language pathologists are in demand nationally.


Paul R. Hoffman, Chair
Janna B. Oetting, Graduate Coordinator
TELEPHONE 225-578-2545
FAX 225-578-2528
WEBSITE www.lsu.edu/comd


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.

Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the department within a month of completion of all required materials. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School.

Students seeking admission must submit satisfactory credentials from previous study, acceptable GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation. International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to some students. Support may be available through the student’s home department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. A student should contact his or her home department for more information on available assistantship positions. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with deadlines (Departmental deadline: February 1) established by the LSU Graduate School.

Graduate Faculty

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Brittan A. Barker (6A)
Geoff Coalson (6A)
Neila Donovan (M)
Shannon Leilani Farho (3P)
Jeanne H. Fisher (3P)
Todd Gibson (6A)
Paul R. Hoffman (M)
Wendy Abshire Jumonville (3P)
Yunjung Kim (M)
Melda Kunduk (M)
Melissa Tallo Lalande (3P)
Janet Norris (M)
Janna Oetting (M)


    Doctor of PhilosophyMaster of Arts

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