Master of Arts (MA) Program

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Dr. Julie Scherz
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Wichita State’s master's program in speech-language pathology prepares graduates for high-demand careers improving the lives of patients with communication and swallowing disorders. The program requires a minimum of 61 credit hours and continuous enrollment in clinical practicum. Students have hands-on experience with clients at the WSU Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic before completing two off-campus practicum experiences in medical and educational settings.

To successfully complete the program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete a mentored research project and oral presentation during their second year
  • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis exam as determined by the State of Kansas
  • Have sufficient clinical clock hours to satisfy American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
  • Demonstrate competence in clinical knowledge and skills

Program Facts

Program Entry Point Fall
Program Length 5-7 semesters (including summer)
Study Plan Options Full-time
Application Deadline January 15
Class Size 25
Application Ratio 6:1
Minimum GPA to apply 3.00 GPA in last 60 credit hours
GPA range of accepted students in last application cycle 3.52-4.00 in last 60 credit hours (average 3.85 GPA)
Examinations required to apply Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test.
Non-native English speakers must also document written and spoken English proficiency.
Average range of exam scores of accepted students in last cycle GRE: 145-162 verbal reasoning, 140-153 quantitative reasoning, 3.50-5.00 analytical writing
MAT: Range not available
Degrees required Bachelor's degree in any field + program prerequisites
Professional certifications and licenses needed to practice Varies by state   (learn more about the profession)
Student Outcome Data Program completion, Praxis exam, and employment rates


Current and archived course descriptions are published in the University Catalogs. CSD graduate courses (500-999) are located in the 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog (pp. 102-107). CSD undergraduate courses (000-799) are located in the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog (pp.131-134).

Core Courses (44 credit hours)
CSD 705 Counseling in Communication Disorders
CSD 710 Autism Spectrum Disorders
CSD 809 Language and Literacy for Young Children: Assessment and Intervention
CSD 810 Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 811 Dysphagia
CSD 812 Aphasia
CSD 814 Applied Phonology
CSD 815 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CSD 816 Language and Literacy for School-Age and Adolescents
CSD 817 Voice Disorders
CSD 818 Fluency Disorders
CSD 819 Cognitive Communication Disorders
CSD 832A-C Critical Thinking in Clinical Practice I-III
HP 801 Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice
Elective coursework (6 credits)

Practica (minimum 14 credit hours)
CSD 821 Educational Settings Practicum
CSD 822 General Clinic Practicum
CSD 823 Medical Settings Practicum
CSD 824 External Placement Practicum (optional)
CSD 831 Auditory Assessment-SLP Practicum

Research Project (3-4 credit hours)
CSD 891 Non-Thesis Research
CSD 892 Presentation of Research
CSD 895 Thesis Research
CSD 899 Thesis

Prerequisite Coursework

All students seeking admittance to the MA program are required to have completed the following foundational coursework, or its equivalent, prior to starting the graduate program. Applications to the MA program may be submitted after one semester of prerequisite coursework is completed. Taking prerequisite coursework at WSU does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Interested students who are not currently admitted to WSU should contact the Office of Admissions.

Prerequisites (33 credit hours)
CSD 251 Audiology Development and Disorders
CSD 301 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanisms
CSD 302 Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing Mechanisms
CSD 304+304L Early Language Development
CSD 306+306L Applied Phonetics
CSD 416+417 Introduction to Language Disorders
CSD 504 Aural Rehabilitation
CSD 506 Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics
CSD 514+515 Speech-Sound Disorders
CSD 519+521 Genetics and Organic Syndromes (optional)
HS 570+571+572+573 Neuroscience for Health Professionals
PHYS 210 Physics of Sound

Tool Subjects (6 credit hours)
Research Methods (e.g., CESP 701, HP 800 or PSY 311)
Statistics (e.g., CESP 704, PHS 804, PSY 301 or STAT 370)

Additional foundational courses required for ASHA certification (1 each)
-- Biological Sciences: Course must emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences and not be specific to CSD (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science). ANTH 101 Biological Anthropology is acceptable for this category.
-- Physical Sciences: Course in physics or chemistry and not specific to CSD.
-- Social/Behavioral Sciences: Course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

Complaint Process

Students enrolled in graduate education at WSU are provided guidance to resolve academic disputes by following procedures detailed on the Graduate School website:

Conflicts eligible for resolution under these procedures are restricted to academic matters other than grades. Disputes about grades are resolved through the Student Court of Academic Appeals.
These procedures do not include conflicts covered by other policies in the University.

Students enrolled in the master's program for speech-language pathology or the clinical doctorate in audiology are referred to the Council on Academic Accreditation if they seek to file a complaint against the program: http://www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/CAA_overview.htm