About the Department

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wichita State University (WSU) provides an academic and clinical professional education for students whose primary goal is to serve children and adults who have impairments of communication.

Originating at the University in 1934, this program is proud of its history as one of the oldest and most distinguished preparatory programs in the United States, as well as its tradition of preparing qualified and professionally active speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Program Review Reports and Assessment Plans

Strategic Plan (PDF)

Historical Statement (PDF)

Mission and Vision Statements

Mission: To prepare qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists as scholars/ practitioners who are professionally competent to practice in educational and medical settings on behalf of children and adults who have disorders of communication and related difficulties.

Vision: To be recognized for leadership, innovation, and excellence in communication sciences and disorders.

Program Recognition

According to the 2015 Best Graduate Health Schools index published by US News and World Report, the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Wichita State University is ranked 35th out of 250 programs nationwide. The Doctor of Audiology is ranked 52nd out of 78 programs.


The master's (MA) education program in speech-language pathology and the doctoral (AuD) education program in audiology at Wichita State University are 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.

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