Communication Sciences and Disorders


Program Title

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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On Campus

Program Description

The M.S. degree in Speech Language Pathology is a professional degree that prepares students to diagnose and treat individuals with communication differences and disorders in a variety of clinical settings. Students work toward earning the professional credentials set by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Students are accepted into one of two pathways:
- Students are accepted into the program without an undergraduate degree or preparation in the professional discipline or with less than 25 credits of CSD course work. These students must complete an additional year of undergraduate coursework.
- Students are accepted into the program with an undergraduate major in CSD.


College of Health and Wellness Professions



Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

Bachelors Degree

Minimum undergraduate GPA for admission


Admissions process.

Interview required

Required GPA for graduation


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Program Learning Outcomes


Complete a program of study (a minimum of 36 semester credit hours at the graduate level) that includes academic coursework and supervised clinical experience sufficient in depth and breadth to achieve the specified knowledge and skills outcomes stipulated in ASAH standards IV-A through IV-G and Standards V-A through V-C. (Standard III)


Demonstrate knowledge of statistics as well as the biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences. (Standard IV-A)


Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases and the ability to integrate information pertaining to normal and abnormal human development across the life span. (Standard IV-B)


Demonstrate knowledge of communication and swallowing disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, and anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates across the nine areas noted in the standard. (Standard IV-C)


Demonstrate (for each of the areas specified in Standard IV-C), current knowledge of the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for persons with communication and swallowing disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates. (Standard IV-D)


Demonstrate knowledge of standards of ethical conduct. (Standard IV-E).


Demonstrate knowledge of processes used in research and of the integration of research principles into evidence-based clinical practice. (Standard IV-F)


Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary professional issues. (Standard IV-G)


Demonstrate knowledge of entry level and advanced certifications, licensure, and other relevant professional credentials, as well as local, state, and national regulations and policies relevant to professional practice. (Standard IV-H)


Demonstrate skills in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice. (Standard V-A)


Complete a program of study that included experiences sufficient in breadth and depth to achieve outcomes in evaluation, intervention, and interaction and personal qualities (Standard V-B).


Complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology. Twenty-five hours must be spent in guided clinical observation, and 375 hours must be spent in direct client/patient contact. (Standard V-C).

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