communication sciences


Graduate Program

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.

COSI is affiliated with and housed within the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC), the oldest free-standing speech and hearing clinic in the United States. The CHSC is the only non-profit community-based organization in Cleveland that is devoted solely to treating communication disorders in adults and children. Approximately 25,000 clients, exhibiting a range of communication impairments, are served at the CHSC each year.

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.

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 Communication Sciences 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 (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.