MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minimum requirements for application to CSD graduate programs:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  2. Minimum grade requirements: 2.750 overall GPA and 3.000 (MA & AuD); 3.500 (PhD) GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours. Receive a grade that generates at least 2.000 credit points per credit hour in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Statement of purpose.
  5. Professional resume.
  6. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years.
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores for either the TOEFL or the academic module of the IELTS examination taken within the last two years. No waivers allowed. Minimum acceptable scores to be considered for admission are: TOEFL - 100 Internet-based with a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion (MA and AuD) and 79 Internet-based (PhD); IELTS - an  overall band score of 7.5 (MA and AuD) and 6.5 (PhD); PTE-Academic - a score of 73 (MA and AuD) and 58 (PhD).
  8. AuD and PhD only: Completion of interview with program faculty/clinical supervisors, which will include (but not be limited to) an assessment of academic potential, motivation and commitment to the profession, and interpersonal and communication skills. Not all applicants will be offered an interview.

To be considered for admission, the following steps must be completed by the published deadline:

  1. Application for admission to the WSU Graduate School, including official transcripts from all institutions attended; and either
  2. MA and AuD only: Application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) including all transcripts, letters of recommendation and supporting documents; or
  3. PhD only: Submit supporting documents directly to the WSU CSD department.


  1. Application to these graduate programs is competitive, which means there are more applications than positions offered each year.
  2. The ability to meet the essential functions for students in clinical speech-language pathology and audiology programs is required (contact the program for more information).
  3. Refer to the department's website for complete information.

Admission to the MA program is considered for students who have completed an undergraduate major in the area of speech, language and hearing disorders. Selected undergraduate or closely allied courses may be considered. Additionally, students with a degree from another field will be considered for admission after completion of prerequisite courses. Admission is for fall semester only. The deadline to submit completed CSDCAS applications is January 15 (11:59 p.m. EST). Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts and other supporting documents are due by January 15.

Undergraduate students may request early admission to the MA program under the senior rule policy if they:

  1. Meet the requirements for senior rule status as described in the Graduate School policies section of the Graduate Catalog;
  2. Meet GPA requirements for senior rule status and have a 3.700 GPA in the last 60 credit hours;
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation from CSD faculty or clinical educators. Two letters from CSD faculty and one letter from a faculty member in a related academic area is acceptable; and
  4. Have a minimum MAT score of 415 or a minimum GRE score of 157 Verbal, 159 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.

Consult the department for an application packet. Early admission is contingent on faculty review of all application materials. Application deadline is January 15 for entry in the fall semester; October 15 for entry in the spring semester.

Admission to the AuD program is considered for students who have completed an undergraduate major in the area of speech, language and hearing disorders. Selected undergraduate or closely allied courses may be considered. Additionally, students with a degree from another field will be considered for admission with the understanding that prerequisite coursework will be required during their first year of the program. Admission is for summer session only. The deadline to submit completed CSDCAS applications is January 15 (11:59 p.m. EST). Graduate School application, application fee, transcripts, and other supporting documents are due by January 15.

Admission to the CSD PhD program is restricted to those students whose abilities, experience and previous coursework indicate that they are likely to be able to complete the doctoral program successfully. It is expected that the applicant will have acquired sufficient knowledge in communication sciences and disorders to be prepared for entry into an integrated program of advanced study and research. Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts (MA) in communication sciences and disorders may be earned with an emphasis in speech-language pathology. This program requires students to complete 59 (thesis) or 61 (nonthesis) credit hours. In addition, 6 credit hours of tool subjects in research methods and statistics are required. Prospective students with an undergraduate degree in another field should review the department website for details on prerequisite coursework and consult a CSD advisor prior to applying to the program.

A plan of study must be filed within the first year of the program and students must complete 60 percent of total hours at the 700 level or above. Transfer hours cannot be used to satisfy the course level requirements stated above unless the transfer hours are of appropriate level from Kansas Board of Regents institutions. Workshop hours may not be used to satisfy the course level requirements. Transfer credit policies are listed in the appropriate section of the Graduate Catalog.

Didactic Coursework
CSD 705Counseling in Communication Disorders2
CSD 710Autism Spectrum Disorders2
CSD 809Language & Literacy for Young Children: Assessment and Intervention2
CSD 810Motor Speech Disorders2
CSD 811Dysphagia2
CSD 811LDysphagia Lab2
CSD 812Aphasia2
CSD 814Applied Phonology2
CSD 815Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
CSD 816Language and Literacy for School-Age and Adolescents2
CSD 817Voice Disorders3
CSD 818Fluency Disorders2
CSD 819Cognitive Communication Disorders2
CSD 832ACritical Thinking in Clinical Practice I4
CSD 832BCritical Thinking in Clinical Practice II4
CSD 832CCritical Thinking in Clinical Practice III2
CSD 836Clinical and Research Writing1
CSD 837Clinical Assessment of Speech-Language Disorders1
CSD 838Supervisory Process in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology1
HP 801Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice1
Research Methods (ex. PSY 311, CESP 701, HP 800)3
Statistics (ex. PSY 301, CESP 704, PHS 804, STAT 370)3
Nonthesis/Thesis Options
Select one of the following options:4-6
Nonthesis Option (6 hours total):
Nonthesis Research
Elective (departmentally approved)
Thesis Option (4 hours total):
Thesis Research
Clinical Practicum
CSD 821Educational Settings Practicum3
The following is repeatable for four semesters for a maximum of 7 credit hours:7
General Clinic Practicum
CSD 823Medical Settings Practicum3
CSD 831Auditory Assessment—SLP Practicum1
Total Credit Hours65-67

Successful completion of the program requires the following:

  1. Satisfactory performance on all didactic and clinical evaluative measures as determined by program faculty, clinical educators and externship supervisors with at least a 3.000 GPA;
  2. Satisfactory performance in completing the mentored research project with subsequent presentation and evaluation, as reviewed by program faculty; and
  3. A passing score on the Praxis exam as determined by the state of Kansas.

An alternative assessment (e.g., written comprehensive examination) will be implemented if students have not passed the Praxis exam for a second time prior to meeting all other requirements for graduation.

Further, students must enroll in a clinical practicum course every semester during the master’s program to complete the necessary clinical hours for graduation via supervised practicums at the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, hospital, school, or other practice environment. To ensure that the placement will provide candidates the best clinical opportunities, the placement of the candidate may or may not be in the metropolitan area of Wichita. Although WSU has a number of sites established, the candidate may also independently seek placement for that experience. However, the final decision as to the suitability and location will be approved by the program faculty. A competency-based evaluation of the student’s performance will be made at regular intervals throughout the clinical experience.

Before graduation, students must have successfully completed sufficient clinical clock hours to satisfy requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) and must have demonstrated clinical competency in completing those hours as determined by both in-house and external clinical supervisors. Students must also have demonstrated knowledge and skills learning outcomes in compliance with ASHA standards for certification.

Students enrolled in the department’s clinical practicum courses are required to provide proof of medical clearance (see department for details) prior to the start of the course and to renew annually. Semester clinic fees will also apply. The cost of professional liability insurance coverage (not less than $1 million per single claim/$3 million aggregate per year) is included in the program fee. Students are required to obtain a criminal background check at their own expense as part of the clinical placements. Students should consult the beginning of the College of Health Professions section of the catalog for additional requirements which may be needed to participate in clinical settings. In addition, applications for external practicum placements must be made one year in advance and are subject to departmental approval.