Communication Sciences and Disorders

UCF Graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Ranks Among Top 25% In The Nation 

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | May 8, 2020

A UCF Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student with a younger boy.

The UCF graduate speech-language pathology program is ranked in the top 25% of programs in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking. UCF’s graduate speech-language pathology program ranked No. 55 out of 261 ranked programs. 

The report is conducted every few years through a survey of program leaders across the nation.   

“We are proud to be ranked among the top programs in speech-language pathology in the country, said Jennifer Kent-Walsh, interim director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorder. Our faculty and staff are committed to continuous quality and innovation within our academic, clinical, and research offerings for students.” 

This recognition adds to the many outwardfacing indicators of the program’s success. For the past three years, 100% of master’s-level students passed the national clinical certification exam.  Students’ clinical readiness is aided by their participation in patient care under the guidance of clinical faculty at the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic, which includes a range of specialty clinics providing high-quality services for individuals with communication impairments in the Central Florida community and beyond. The program is led by esteemed faculty members who hold numerous awards, including eight current faculty members with the distinguished honor of being named Fellows of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students benefit from extracurricular experiences that enrich their education and have the option of receiving funding through personnel preparation grant programs funded by the United States Department of Education, and external research grants, including projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.  

“Our CSD graduate program is highly ranked nationally,” said Christopher Ingersoll, founding dean of the College of Health Professions and Sciences. “This reflects the faculty’s commitment to a never-ending pursuit of excellence and is well deserved.”   

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