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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders College of Nursing and Health Sciences Florida International University

  • Miami, FL
  • Public
  • Urban
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
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    total students
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    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
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    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Florida International University (FIU) enrolls over 1,800 students in 6 key disciplines: athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, health services administration, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. CNHS programs are designed to prepare diverse healthcare professionals for careers as leaders who are capable of meeting the ever-growing demands of the healthcare landscape. The CNHS student body reflects the cultural diversity of the southern Florida region, with nearly 80% of students coming from Hispanic, Asian, and African-American backgrounds.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from CNHS

CNHS offers a Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology that provides a unique focus on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) and bilingualism while addressing the evaluation, treatment, and research in communication and speech disorders. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with bilingual populations and will have critical advantages as the nation's minority population continues to grow.

The MS program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills that allows them to work with people who exhibit communication differences and disorders in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools. In addition to coursework, students are required to complete 4 clinical practicum courses that provide real-world, supervised experience.

Prerequisites to the program may be completed through the Certificate in Speech Language Pathology before application to the graduate school. Graduates of the MS program have met all requirements for the certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The master's program boasts a 100% graduate employment rate.

FIU is a Research Center with a Community Focus

Florida International University is a research-centered university committed to innovative and creative activities that improve lives. The research conducted by university scientists, faculty members, and students covers a wide range of academic disciplines, while focusing on 3 major research areas: environment, health, and globalization.

Within the FIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, interdisciplinary research merges with teaching and clinical practice as the college's greatest strengths. The nursing and health sciences building houses extensive computer suites, interactive skills laboratories, specialized training areas, and a dedicated research floor. Many prominent institutions have funded CNHS research, including the American Physical Therapy Association, March of Dimes Florida Chapter, Health Foundation of South Florida, and National Institutes of Health.

Previous projects conducted at CNHS include studies on late-life depression, clinical biomechanics, and culturally sensitive rehabilitation efforts for amputee victims of the Haiti earthquake.

The Simulation Teaching and Research Center at FIU

The Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center is the educational core of one of the newest and most technologically innovative advanced healthcare teaching and research facilities in the region. At the STAR Center, students and faculty members have access to functionally flexible laboratories equipped with cutting-edge simulation equipment, closed circuit monitoring, digital imaging systems, and web-based technologies. The hospital simulation center in STAR includes 8 simulation patient rooms, a 15-bed critical care unit, 3 control rooms, and 2 debriefing rooms.

STAR's rehabilitation center hosts a number of laboratories, including the audiology lab, speech and language skills lab, and therapeutic activities lab. The Human Performance Lab houses a state-of-the-art collection of equipment and teaching tools specifically dedicated to the study of human movement and injury prevention.

The research and learning opportunities provided through STAR are designed to develop a wide range of clinical and critical thinking skills, which ensure that FIU graduates can become skilled healthcare and nursing professionals, researchers, and leaders.

Active and Involved Faculty Members at Florida International University

The faculty members of FIU have a wide range of professional experience within top American organizations and around the world. They remain actively involved in research and development within their respective fields.

For instance, Dr. Ana Gouvea is the director of the Infant Language Development Laboratory and the Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the CSD Department. Her specialty is in language comprehension in children with autism and bilingual language processing with adults.

Dr. Monica Hough is a certified speech-language pathologist who has been published in the "American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology" and "Aphasiology" for her research in word retrieval and auditory comprehension in aphasia. Dr. Alfredo Ardila has taught, researched, and performed clinical activities around the world, including in Russia, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States.

Financial Aid Opportunities at Florida International University

There are many avenues for financial support available for graduate students at FIU, including academic merit assistance, short-term tuition loans, and emergency loans. Graduate assistantships are offered in 3 forms: general graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships. FIU also offers subsidized health insurance to all assistants holding full-time appointments.

Graduate student fellowships, grants, and awards are available to qualified students from many top organizations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), PhRMA Foundation, and Smithsonian Institute. Fellowship opportunities available include the Dissertation Year Fellowship for doctoral students needing support during the data analysis and writing phase of their dissertation, the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Fellowship for residents from those regions, or the Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship for students whose current employment interferes with their ability to collect data.

Florida International University -- Miami's Public Research University

Florida International University is the first and only 4-year public research university in Miami, Florida. FIU was constructed on an abandoned airfield in 1965, and today has 2 major campuses, in North Miami and western Miami Dade County, along with several additional research facilities and academic centers. With nearly 46,000 students enrolled, FIU is also one of the 25 largest public universities in the country. The university offers more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs. All programs emphasize global understanding and real-world curriculum, and are designed to develop students into world citizens.

Florida International University is recognized as the top school in the nation in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students.

Location & Contact

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University

11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

Dr. Monica Hough


Phone: 305-348-2873

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Speech-Language Pathology Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in upper-level coursework; letter of intent; 2 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableInstitutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships




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