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:
|Program Entry Point||Fall|
|Program Length||5-7 semesters (including summer)|
|Study Plan Options||Full-time|
CSDCAS: Complete (not verified) by January 15th
WSU Graduate School: Complete by February 1st
|Minimum GPA to apply||3.00 GPA in last 60 credit hours|
|GPA range of accepted students in last application cycle||3.62-4.00 in last 60 credit hours (Average 3.83 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: 146-152 verbal reasoning, 144-150 quantitative reasoning, 4.0-5.0 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|
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.
Fall Semester (13-16 credits)
CSD 251 Auditory Development and Disorders
CSD 301 Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CSD 302 Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System
HS 570+571+572+573 Neuroscience for Health Professionals (equivalent to CSD 605)
PHYS 210 Physics of Sound
CSD 519+521 Genetic and Organic Syndromes (optional)
Spring Semester (13-16 credits)
CSD 304+304L Early Language Development
CSD 306+306L Applied Phonetics
CSD 416+417 Introduction to Language Disorders
CSD 506 Acoustic and Perceptual Phonetics
CSD 517 Communication in Aging (optional)
Summer Session (3 credits)
CSD 504 Aural Rehabilitation
Tool subjects (6 credits, may be taken at undergraduate or graduate level)
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
* 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 or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology are also acceptable options for this requirement
* Physical Sciences Course: Physics or Chemistry (content can not be specific to CSD)
* Social/Behavioral Sciences Course: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Public Health.
Additional prerequisites completed in the graduate program (3 credit hours)
CSD 514+515 Speech-Sound Disorders
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