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Communication Disorders and Sciences

students working in the CDS clinic
McKay Moore Sohlberg, Major Director
541-346-2480, Fax: 541-346-0683


Mailing Address: 
5284 University of Oregon

The University of Oregon's Communication Disorders & Sciences program is proud to be ranked in the top 20 or 20% of PhD and Professional Programs in comparison to high research public universities. (Source: Academic Analytics)

Our mission

The mission of the University of Oregon's Communication Disorders & Sciences Program is to prepare students to understand, assess, and treat individuals across diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, social and economic backgrounds experiencing challenges in speech, language, literacy, communication, cognition and swallowing. The program is dedicated to achieving excellence in student preparation  via the integration of clinical and classroom education, the generation and application of research, and the provision of community outreach. Our vision is to train leaders in the field in an environment that encourages inclusion, critical thinking, freedom of inquiry, and social justice.



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Program philosophy

Effective communication plays a key role in the achievement of academic, social, and vocational success and, in turn, in the development of productive and contributing citizens. The philosophy of the Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) program is that the ability to communicate effectively is a fundamental right of all human beings. When this right is compromised through circumstances affecting any child, adolescent, or adult, society suffers along with the individual. The CDS program is committed to the goal of preparing students to become speech-language pathologists who can work successfully with individuals of all ages who are challenged by communication disorders and who represent diverse cultural, linguistic, social, and economic backgrounds. The ability to apply empirical evidence, logic, and a scientific perspective to the process of enhancing communication skills in meaningful and ecologically valid contexts is emphasized throughout the program. Graduates assume positions in direct service, leadership, and research in educational, clinical, and consultation settings.

Select ASL (American Sign Language) classes are offered online. CDS does not offer online courses


The master's education program in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
- Dated February 16, 2012  
For more information on our undergrad (B.A., B.S.), master's (M.A., M.S.) and doctoral (PhD) programs, view our menu on the left.